Jewelry Care

IMG_2719Caring for Your Hand-Made Treasures
Sterling silver and gold filled jewelry that is worn continually develops a lovely patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. If you like the look, leave it alone. If you prefer a bright and shiny look for your sterling silver and gold, I include a little anti tarnish strip in the box to help prevent tarnish. You can store your pieces with the anti-tarnish strip in a small zip-lock bag with the air removed.  Anti tarnish storage bags work beautifully as well.
I do not recommend using most silver polish dips as many of them may harm things like soft stones and pearls. Carefully read instructions and warnings before using any sonic or steam cleaners.  You can gently buff the pieces with your included polishing cloth. You can also soak and rinse your pieces in a gentle cleaner like “Jewel Brite.” It is safe for all stones except for those that are dyed. Do not soak anything with wood, feathers, fabrics or leather.  Wooden beads and hair sticks will weather and age especially if they get wet.  If you would like to restore the rich color they can be polished with a little wood polish or oil.  Store pieces with fabric flowers, ribbons, feathers and leather in a dust free environment and protect from crushing. Fabric edges are lightly treated to prevent fraying. Gently clean (not feathers and leathers) with a damp and mild soap when necessary. Ribbons may be lightly pressed with a cool iron.
Lori Delisle

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