Caring for your Jewelry

Frequent cleaning is recommended to maintain true beauty. Salt water, chlorine in swimming pools, soap and perspiration take their toll. Wipe your charms carefully with a soft cloth to keep it clean and free of these elements which oxidizes. The best way to clean is very simple and you probably already have what you need in
your kitchen. Take a small bowl that will hold about a quart of water and line it with aluminum foil. Add hot water and a tablespoon of Tide washing powder (not liquid or with bleach) and stir. Place your jewelry in the solution for about 1 minute and rinse with clean water and air dry. Another cleaning trick is to place in ammonia (NOT bleach) & gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. Not recommended for items containing soft stones such as: Lapis, Malachite, Coral, etc.
If you have a build-up of dirt in hard to reach places, just put a little dish washing liquid in a bowl of water and soak over night. This will usually loosen the dirt enough that it will release itself from the jewelry, if this does not work, use a soft tooth brush to loosen
the dirt and soak it again. To keep your jewelry from tarnishing when not being worn, store it wrapped in a soft cloth and placed in a zip lock plastic bag. What causes silver to tarnish is air.
When it is not in use, the more you can keep it sealed the less it will tarnish (thus store in a plastic zip-lock as mentioned above!).