silhouPETte Jewelry Care
How to keep your Sterling Silver charm sparkling
The best way to clean your sterling silver charm, and to prevent or remove tarnish, is with a soft silver polishing cloth. Rub the cloth on the charm until it’s shiny again. The best way to clean your sterling silver charm necklace when a cloth simply doesn’t do it or to clean the more delicate parts (such as chain), is with hot water and baking soda:
- Line a small bowl that holds about a quart of water with aluminum foil.
- Add hot water and a tablespoon of baking soda – stir.
- Let your silver jewelry soak in the solution for about one minute, then rinse clean and air-dry.
Always try to store your Sterling Silver charm in a cool, dry place in a jewelry pouch or airtight little bag to slow down the tarnishing process.
How to care for your gold-dipped charm
Gently clean your gold-dipped jewelry with a soft toothbrush and a small amount of mild dishwashing liquid. Rinse well and place on a towel to air dry. Be sure your charm is completely dry before storing.
Please note: NEVER clean your gold-dipped charm with a silver polishing cloth, as the gold may come off.
How to care for your 10k and 14k Gold Charm
If treated carefully, your gold charm could last you a lifetime!
First of all, gold is lasting and durable but can get scratched or dented if treated roughly. So remove your gold charm before any type of strenuous activity.
Second, beware of chemicals. Gold’s worst enemy is chlorine. So keep your gold jewelry away from chlorinated cleaning products and out of swimming pools, etc. On a related note, acids, abrasives and other harsh chemicals found in some common household cleaning solutions can weaken your jewelry or damage its finish. So it’s best to take them off altogether in these situations.
Gold can lose its luster over time if repeatedly exposed to dust, moisture, perspiration and makeup. So make sure to clean your jewelry regularly. You can use a cleaning solution of mild dishwashing liquid and lukewarm water. After cleaning and rinsing, always dry and polish jewelry with a soft cloth to avoid scratches and bring out its shine.
Proper storage is as important as cleaning. Protect your gold charm by storing it safely in a jewelry box or keeping it wrapped in a soft cloth when not being worn.