- Always avoid contact with perfumes, oils, lotions, makeup, etc. A good rule of thumb is to make jewelry items the last things to put on, and the first things to take off.
- Preserve your items by storing them in individual airtight zip-lock bags inside a jewelry box. Doing this will protect them from scratching and scraping while slowing down the oxidation process.
- If your sterling silver jewelry starts to turn a golden shade (the first sign of tarnish), it needs to be cleaned. If your sterling silver jewelry has turned dark grey/black, it definitely needs to be cleaned! Polish gently with the small blue cloth included in the box with each order.
General cleaning tips:
1. Use Gentle Soap
Instead of jewelry cleaner, use a couple drops of the mildest soap you can get your hands on (baby shampoo is a great option) and mix it with just a few drops of warm water.
2. Wash With Care
Using a soft microfiber cloth, gently massage the surface of the jewelry. Depending on the shape of the item, you may also want to use a cotton swab to get in between the cracks. An old toothbrush isn’t a bad tool to utilize either, but only if the bristles are extremely soft. Many pieces of vintage costume jewelry are plated with a thin layer of silver or gold, which is likely to wear off if you use anything abrasive.
3. Rinse and Dry
Use cool water (warm and hot water can be rough on the adhesives that are often used in vintage or assembled jewelry) to fully rinse the piece. Dry immediately using a clean, soft cloth. The key to cleaning vintage and costume jewelry is to avoid getting it wet for any longer than you absolutely have to since moisture can also cause damage. You can also use a blow-dryer (on the cool setting) to expedite the drying process.