Jewelry Care - eco-friendly ways to clean your jewelry | Sustainable Jewelry Made in San Francisco
Jewelry Care Our jewelry is made with the greatest care and with the intention that it will last you a lifetime. That said, please treat your jewelry with respect and avoid wearing while swimming, working out (yes, even yoga), showering, gardening or when working with chemicals.
Cleaning Oxidized Silver Jewelry
Oxidized silver has been given a surface treatment to create a dark black color. Over time, this color may fade to bright silver and is considered normal wear. Never fear though, this blackening can be brought back simply and affordably. Contact me if you would like the oxidized patina restored to your Sharon Z Jewelry piece - firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that you want to wear your Sharon Z Jewelry piece all the time, but when you aren’t wearing it, we suggest storing it in the box that it came in or even better, in a tiny plastic bag with an anti-tarnish strip. The plastic bag trick works especially well for silver.
Eco-Friendly Tarnish Removal
Silver jewelry has a great luster and bright, white color, but over time, exposure to moisture and air can cause tarnish. Here is a fast, cheap, easy, fun and eco-friendly way to restore your silver jewelry to a bright shine.
- Boil water
- Place a piece of tin foil in a heatproof bowl
- Place jewelry on top of foil
- Sprinkle baking soda over the jewelry
- Pour boiling water over the jewelry, baking soda and foil
- The mixture will bubble for a moment and then your silver jewelry will be bright again.
- Careful when removing jewelry-it will be very hot! (This seems obvious, but my lawyers recommended that I tell you this.)
- Rinse with cool water
This method is safe for many stones, except for turquoise. Also, be advised that while pearls will be fine in this process, the epoxy that often holds them in place might come loose due to the heat.
PS-this works great on gold that has discolored too!