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General Jewelry Care

Polishing Cloths

Sterling silver tarnishes naturally and requires occasionally cleaning. Storing your jewelry in plastic bags with an interlocking seal when not in use slows the tarnishing process. Never store Pearls in plastic bags. Polish Sterling Silver, and other precious metals, brass and copper carefully with a Sunshine Cloth. Polish both metal and gembeads carefully with a Selvyt Polishing Cloth.

Valuable Tips

Try to protect all jewelry from sharp blows, harsh chemicals, sunlight and extreme temperatures.
Chlorine and related chemicals can severely discolor and damage jewelry as well as loosen stones and settings.
Put jewelry on after using cosmetics, hair spray or perfumes to avoid contact with substances and chemicals which may cause damage.
Remove rings when working with your hands, such as performing household tasks, gardening and using abrasive particles.
Carefully wipe jewelry with a soft chamois or flannel cloth after each wearing to remove oils and salts. This is especially important for pearls.
Store jewelry separately so it will not scratch other jewelry. Cultured pearls are best stored in a special chamois pouch because of their softness. Never store Pearls in plastic bags!
Storing beaded necklaces flat is highly recommended to reduce stretching.

Mohs Scale

Hardness is based on a gem-trade standard called the Mohs Scale, developed in the early 19th century. The higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone. Diamonds are rated the highest, at 10; rubies and sapphires are Mohs 9; emeralds and topaz, 8; and garnets, tourmalines and quartz, 7. Anything with a Mohs scale rating of 6 or less can be easily scratched, for example: coral, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, or turquoise. Gold, silver, and platinum have a rating of Mohs 2-1/2 to 4, meaning they require special care when wearing, storing, or cleaning.

Other Cleaning Methods

Soap And Water: A mild soap and water solution used with a soft brush is effective for many home jewelry care needs. Even the mild chemicals of commercial jewelry cleaning products may damage certain gems. Although soap and water is the best choice for most gems and jewelry, do not use soap and water with amber, coral, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis lazuli, opal, or turquoise.

Home Jewelry Cleaner

Check with your American Gem Society jeweler prior to using a commercial cleaning product for the first time. Dispose of any such cleaner after 3 months. A home solution of one part mild detergent, one part household ammonia, and three parts water is also effective for many jewelry cleaning needs. Dry the jewelry with a lint-free towel. This method of cleaning is especially desirable for alexandrite, amethyst, andalusite, aquamarine, citrine, diamond, garnet, iolite, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, spinel, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, and zircon.

Home Ultrasonic Cleaner

Home ultrasonic cleaners are best used for karat gold jewelry without gemstones. The ultrasonic may also be suitable for some diamond-set jewelry. Intense vibrations may loosen stones, so a professional annual cleaning and security check is important. DO NOT use the home ultrasonic for amber, coral, emerald, kunzite, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, ruby, or turquoise. Be sure to check with your American Gem Society jeweler prior to using a home ultrasonic cleaner.

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How to care Copper Jewelry

Keeping Your Handmade Copper Jewelry Bright and Shinny

Placing your handmade copper jewelry in re-sealable plastic bags along with anti-tarnish jewelry paper will keep it bright and shinny flor a long time. Before storing your handmade copper jewelry, make sure it is clean and moisture free. Look for handmade copper jewelry that has been treated with a protective coating that resists tarnishing. This coating usually wears off over time, especially if the jewelry is in direct contact with skin, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, and cuffs. Copper earrings usually remain shiny the longest.Once the protective coating wears off, it is quite easy to care for handmade copper jewelry just as it is Sterling Silver jewelry. Any jewelry that is not 100% pure, like Fine Silver or 24K Gold, will tarnish over time, since Copper acts as a catalyst in the oxidation process.

The best way to bring back luster to any piece of handmade copper jewelry is to use a jewelry polishing cloth that can be easily purchased at most jewelry stores, online, and at many drugstores. A jewelry polishing cloth can last for years. For those more delicate pieces, have a professional jeweler steam clean or use an ultrasonic cleaner. Don’t risk damaging or devaluing the piece by cleaning it yourself if it’s set with gemstones. Quite a few gemstones can be easily damaged by using an ultrasonic cleaner, so you might save a few dollars by cleaning your jewelry yourself, but you might end up with a worthless piece. When in doubt, take your jewelry to a professional. Touch base with the artist you bought your handmade copper jewelry from. Most artists will clean their own work for a nominal fee, or sometimes even for free.

If you are short on time and need a quick fix to spruce up your handmade copper jewelry, you can use any of these easy solutions (not to be used on jewelry with gemstones or pearls):

* Vinegar – (White, Apple Cider, Wine, Balsamic) – Place the jewelry in a glass or plastic container (don’t use metal). Cover the item completely with vinegar. Let stand four about 10-15 minutes. Rinse. Dry. Done!

* Lemon or Lime Juice – Same directions as above for vinegar, but throw in a dash of salt as a catalyst.

* Worcestershire Sauce or Ketchup – Apply it with a toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly. Try not to get any ketchup or worcestershie sauce on your gemstones, as they should not be subject to any chemical cleaners.

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Care Maintenance and Cleaning your Swarovski Jewelry

Although the swarovski pearls are resistant to most everyday chemicals just as cultured pearls are, it’s best not to wash the swarovski pearls. You need only buff them with a dry, soft cloth or towel.
As for the swarovski crystals, they are of the finest, most genuine lasting quality. Therefore, it is not hard to ensure and maintain their lasting quality and fascinating beauty. Occasionally, simply polish the swarovski crystals or beads with a dry, soft, lint-free cloth or towel. If soiled or very dirty, you can wash them by mixing a small amount of mild detergent or a soft, gentle soap with lukewarm water, and wash your swarovski crystal in there using a soft bristled brush or a soft cloth or towel. Rinse thoroughly under clean, running water. Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth or towel.
Do not use boiling water, sonic cleaners, or commercial jewelry cleaners because those as well as other cleaners contain alcohol or ammonia which can have a damaging effect on the gold or rhodium plating some of the swarovski jewelry has, and also damage the metallic color coating on most of the crystals and beads.

It is best to never wear your swarovski jewelry in the pool, ocean, bath, shower, in bed, while doing dishes, while cleaning, or while exercising. Try not to get your swarovski jewelry wet. Put on your swarovski jewelry after applying hairspray, perfume, makeup, lotion, or any products basically. Exposing your swarovski jewelry to any of these products or conditions can cause wear and tear or unreasonable stress. Store the jewelry somewhere safe, like a jewelry box or pouch, to prevent it from getting scratched or dirty.
When not wearing your necklaces, chains, and bracelets, it’s best to keep them hung up in order to best retain their shine and luster. Do not store any of your jewelry, whether it’s swarovski jewelry or not, in areas exposed to excessive sunlight or excessive heat. Most important, just like glass, crystal can chip or crack if dropped on the floor or a hard surface. Handle your swarovski jewelry with care and it will last you a lifetime.

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Caring for Copper and Brass

Surprisingly enough, copper and brass are also very simple to care for. While they do tarnish more quickly than sterling silver, they can be restored to their original shine easily. Methods for cleaning and shining copper and brass jewelry are:

  • Commercial copper/brass cleaner. Again, be sure that any stones in the jewelry can withstand the chemicals in the cleaner or do not use it.
  • Worcestershire sauce. As unlikely as it sounds, the acid in the tomato in worcestershire sauce does a great job of cleaning copper and brass jewelry See the Copper Jewelry Cleaning page for a demo with before and after photos. This method should not be used with gemstones or pearls that cannot be cleaned with chemical cleaners, as the acid in the tomato of the worcestershire may affect more delicate stones.
  • Ketchup. Again, the acid in the tomato of the ketchup shines up copper and brass quite nicely. This method is somewhat messier than the Worcestershire sauce, though. Apply it with a toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly. Avoid getting ketchup on the same types of stones as should not be used with chemical cleaners. I’m not sure about it, but I expect the acid in the tomato might affect more delicate stones.
  • Another kitchen cleaner method for copper and brass is a combination of water, lemon or lime juice and salt. Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to a container of water, then add a teaspoon of salt and stir gently. Place the jewelry in the solution for a few minutes, then remove and rinse thoroughly. If needed, the dip in the solution can be repeated. Again, this method should not be used with gemstones or pearls that cannot be cleaned with chemical cleaners.
  • As with sterling silver, copper and brass jewelry will tarnish slower if stored in a recloseable plastic bag or jewelry case with anti-tarnish paper.

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How to Remove a Knot or Tangle from Necklace Chains

The Steps


First loosen the necklace chains with your finger nails, as much as possible. You may be able to loosen them up just a little bit. Dip the knot in the oil. Allowing it to stay for 1 – 2 seconds (the oil will act as a lubricant). Remove the chains from the oil and lay on a paper towel; allowing the paper towel to soak up any excess oil.


If you have more than one chain decide which one you will be unknotting. Unclasp that necklace. If you can remove any pendants go ahead and do so now; if not wait until you get to them.


Place a straight pin in one of the small chain links. (Be careful not to break the chain.) Then secure the chain to the cardboard. (You may need to use additional pins, if you have more than one chain.)


Begin by taking a straight pin in each hand and “gently” pulling the knot apart. Use the magnifying glass to see where the first loop of the knot is at. Gently take a pin and pull the chain out.


Repeat this process, until you have the knot completely out.

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