CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY.

Jewellery is one of your most cherished accessories, understanding how to protect and care for them will go a long way in maintaining its beauty and sparkle for generations to come.

925 Sterling Silver is made up as follows – 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper alloy – each refinery has their own recipe as long as the percentages are constant.

Metals naturally develop a surface patina or oxidation over time, caused by oxygen, perfumes and skin acidity. Some people also naturally have more acidic skin than others, and therefore the oxidation can occur at a more rapid pace. You may turn one ring black and not another silver piece – this is where the silver recipe comes in and a different metal alloy was used.

Silver jewellery will also develop a patina if it is not worn regularly which may cause them to turn dark or blackish over time. This is totally natural and can easily be removed by using a jewellery polishing cloth.

Don’t put gemstone rings next to each other. Your rings should be kept separately (and individually) because they scratch each other due to each stone having a different hardness.

If your gemstones are looking dull – use an old toothbrush, luke warm water and a small dollop of Handy Andy cream to clean behind the gemstones – this is from the daily accumulation of dirt, cream and dead skin cells. Once cleaned, rinse thoroughly with clean running water and dry.

NEVER use any cleaners near pearls, opals, emeralds and other gemstones.
DO NOT use Handy Andy on your precious pearls, opals, emeralds and other gemstones.

TIPS FOR CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY

With the simple tips below,your 925 Sterling Silver jewellery collection will look as good as new and shine for years.
Polish your silver jewelry regularly using non-abrasive soft cleaning cloth, or with lukewarm water, gently brush it clean and then rinse it in clean water.
• To remove caked-on dirt, let it soak for 10 minutes in lukewarm, soapy water, gently brush it clean, then rinse in clean water. For a shinier surface, polish with a cloth.
• Do not expose jewelry to chemicals. Silver is detailed through oxidation. Exposure to harsh chemicals can alter the appearance of your precious items. These chemicals include, but are not limited to, Liquid Silver Polish, Pools, Hot Tubs, and Spas. Oxidized silver and pearls are easily damaged.
• When not using your jewelry, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight as well as harsh substances like chlorine. Store them in a cool, dry place, a zip-lock bag, or an individual cloth pouch to help prevent both tarnishing and scratching.

TIPS FOR CLEANING 925 STERLING SILVER BRACELETS & 925 STERLING SILVER CHARMS – OPTION 1
Do not use this method if your charms have gemstones as it could damage them.

Silver charms are a popular jewellery item and many of us have a collection of jewellery, from rings to necklaces to bracelets, with a variety of charms to complement them. They are fun and pretty, but have many small parts which can be fiddly to clean. Read on to discover step-by-step guides for how to clean your charm bracelet. Following these care instructions is a great way to ensure that you know how to clean a silver charm bracelet and charms without damaging them.

Make sure you always remove all traces of cleaning products using clean water and dry them thoroughly to prevent damage to your silver jewellery. 
You will need:
Foil
A bowl
Tongs
Clean, soft cloth
Polishing cloth
1 cup boiling water
1 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp white salt
½ cup white vinegar

How to clean a silver charms bracelet with baking soda
Did you know you can clean your silver jewellery using baking soda? Just follow these simple instructions to get the method down.

1. Line a bowl with foil and add baking soda and salt
Line your bowl with foil and add baking soda and salt to the bowl.

2. Add the vinegar
Slowly add the vinegar; it should begin to fizz.

3. Mix and then add boiling water
Mix until the baking soda and salt are fully dissolved and add the boiling water.

4. Use tongs to place the silver jewellery into the bowl and leave to soak
Gently place your jewellery into the bowl using the tongs, and leave it to soak for half an hour.

5. Remove and clean
Remove your jewellery and wrap it in the clean, soft cloth to dry.

6. Buff the jewellery
Use the polishing cloth to buff the jewellery.

7. Repeat if necessary
Repeat the process if need be. If your silver jewellery is particularly stained, leave it to soak for a little longer than 30 minutes.

TIPS FOR CLEANING 925 STERLING SILVER BRACELETS & 925 STERLING SILVER CHARMS – OPTION 2
Do not use this method if your charms have gemstones as it could damage them.

How to clean a silver charms bracelet: toothpaste as a jewellery cleaner
You can also clean your silver bracelet and charms with toothpaste. Take a look at this method with only five steps.

1. Add toothpaste to a toothbrush
Put a small amount of toothpaste onto the toothbrush.

2. Rub over the jewelllery
Rub the toothpaste over your silver jewellery, taking particular care in tarnished areas.

3. Leave for a few minutes
Leave it to soak for a few minutes.

4. Wash the toothpaste off with water
Use clean, plain water to wash the toothpaste off. Take care to remove all traces of toothpaste as it is abrasive.