Having pretty jewels is cool, but being able to wear those years after buying it, is better.
Here are some tips to take good care of your silver and gold plated jewelry for a long-lasting life.
The first thing to pay attention to is the sterling silver digits!
Be aware that you can find a rating of .950 silver jewels. Those need consistent polishing. If they have a rating of .925, the material is sturdier and doesn’t need as much cleaning. All of Lettres d’Or’s sterling silver jewelry is .925 and should require less work than the silver you may have purchased elsewhere.
Now let’s talk about care in your daily life and how to keep your silver jewel luster:
- A silver jewel is better off water! The interesting fact is that pure water by itself doesn’t damage sterling silver, but most of the water we are exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. Chemicals and contaminants in the water can result in tarnished and dull-looking silver, so it is best to avoid having your jewels in water.
- Store your silver jewel properly. Air exposure can wreak havoc by tarnishing your delicate silver. Store silver in individual, air-tight bags. These types of bags keep air exposure out and keep the shininess and brilliance intact. Unclasp and unhook the jewelry to avoid potential scratching. Do not bunch several pieces in the same bag. This can create tangling, scratching, tarnish, and that is exactly what we are trying to avoid here.
- Sometimes, clean your silver jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Focus on maintaining long up-and-down strokes to clean the jewelry. Be sure to use different parts of the cloth to avoid spreading any tarnish. Do not use circular motions, as it can actually make the tarnish or dirt worse.
Plating is a process where a layer of gold is placed on to coat the surface of another metal (silver for Lettres d’Or jewels). As the jewelry is not 100% solid gold, extra care should be taken to maximize its lifespan. Anything plated will eventually tarnish with time and wear. To decrease the chances of fading out, here are easy ways on keeping the luster of your gold-plated jewelry.
- Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold-plated jewelry.
- Substances like oil, nail polish remover, chlorine, and perfume may react with metal plated jewelry and cause it to tarnish. This is also true for sweat, so make sure you remove your gold plated jewelry when you exercise or doing anything requiring heavy work and when swimming.
- Sometimes, clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewelry using a soft jewelry cloth, helps restore shine. Do not use a polishing cloth as this will strip away the plating.
- Store like items together. Do not store gold plating and silver plating together. The different metals will cause each other to tarnish, fade and/or turn colors. Have different storage places for different colors of metals like gold and rose gold. Store in a dry area.
Et voilà, you are all set to maintain your jewel properly. We hope this article was helpfull!