Cleaning And Polishing Your JewelryPolishing jewelry pieces regularly will take care of most tarnishing and cleaning problems, and help reduce the chance of skin irritation.
Polishing cloths are designed with a treated interior cloth for cleaning and an exterior cloth for polishing.
Clean your jewelry with the inside cloth first. Moisten the cloth slightly for extremely tarnished pieces. After your jewelry is cleaned, then lightly buff it with the outer cloth to create a rich luster.
If your jewelry needs a little more attention, use the simichrome polish sparingly by applying a small amount with a clean cotton cloth. Wipe off excess polish and buff the surface to a brilliant finish using a soft cotton cloth. This polish cream works well on 14K or 18K gold, sterling silver, titanium, stainless steel, copper, and bronze metals.
Please note that these polishing materials should never be used to clean gemstones, pearls, or 24 karat gold. While some gemstones are able to be cleaned using jewelry solutions and are durable enough to withstand ultrasonic cleaners, we recommend allowing a professional jeweler to clean your fine jewelry.
How To Clean CeramicJewelry designs incorporating sterling silver and ceramic can be cleaned in an ultrasonic bath.
How To Clean Doublet & Triplet GemstonesDue to the unique way doublet and triplet jewelry is produced, special care is advised. Avoid chemicals, cosmetics and ultrasonic cleaners as well as contact with water, soap, steam and extreme humidity. Wipe the stone with a soft cloth to clean.
How To Clean Art GlassRemove your Art Glass jewelry during vigorous physical activity and avoid contact with chlorinated water, harsh chemicals, or perfumes. Store your jewelry separately in our soft flannel bags for added protection. Clean the art glass beads using a soft brush and a mild solution of lukewarm, soapy water. The sterling may be cleaned using our polishing cloth, or visit our retail stores for assistance.
How To Clean Metal CombinationsJewelry designs that incorporate more than one metal require gentle cleaning with a soft cloth. Lightly buff them in order to preserve the oxidation that adds so much beauty to some of these pieces. Ultrasonic cleaners and chemical dips should be avoided.
OxidationDue to the natural variations of hand finished products, the degree of oxidation and resulting darkness will vary from piece to piece. Reasonable variations are to be expected and contribute to the uniqueness and hand finished quality of each piece of jewelry. Over time, normal wear or polishing can diminish or remove the level of oxidation. For a reasonable service charge, your valued piece may be re-oxidized to restore this finish. Ultrasonic cleaners and chemical dips should be avoided.
Linked StylesDesigns with movable parts will require maintenance over time due to the metal friction (metal rubbing against metal) that occurs during normal wear. Periodically checking the loops connecting the links will help prevent accidental loss. Constant or daily wear will greatly accelerate the need for rebuilding worn links. We suggest you remove your bracelet when participating in vigorous physical activities.
Cuff And Hook-On StylesCuff and hook-on bracelets should fit comfortably on your wrist without the need to bend or reshape to put on or remove. These types of bracelets should be slipped on from the narrow side of your wrist. Drastically bending or reshaping these style bracelets can cause the wire to weaken and break.
CHAINS & LEATHER CORDS
ChainsChains should always be strong enough to support the charm or pendant worn on them. Otherwise, the chain will stretch and may eventually break. Sleeping with chains on can also cause them to weaken and break.
If your chain gets caught on something, try not to jerk away. Untangle yourself gently and use a straight pin to remove knots in the chain. Regular, professional inspections help keep chains in top condition.
LeatherThe natural beauty of leather is enhanced by subtle differences in color, grain and texture. Over time leather will age and darken giving it a rich patina. Our leather jewelry will provide you with extended wear and enjoyment if you follow a few basic care and cleaning suggestions.
To keep your leather jewelry looking its best, we recommend that you remove it when swimming or bathing in a pool or hot tub with chlorinated water; and when using any harsh chemicals, lotions or perfumes. Remove when engaged in strenuous activities as leather may absorb perspiration. Avoid contact with liquids, chemical dips, or aerosols which could cause discoloration or damage to leather. Store your leather jewelry separately in our soft flannel bags for added protection. As leather is worn it has a natural tendency to give, and will stretch, especially if exposed to moisture.