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Jewellery Care

Taking care of your jewellery is very important if you want your pieces to last a long time and look great! Here's a couple tips to help you with your jewellery care.

Exposure to air tarnishes metals. Storing your jewellery in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips is a great preventative measure. If you prefer not to use plastic bags, try to make sure that the storage area has low humidity. You can also place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a container of silica gel in the storage area to minimize tarnish.

Sterling Silver

Contact with household chemicals, perspiration, chlorinated water, direct sunlight and lotions all cause silver to tarnish more quickly so a regular routine of rinsing your sterling silver jewellery with water and polishing with a soft cloth or polishing cloth with help keep your silver looking new. For stubborn tarnish you can use a store bought silver cleaner or make your own economically- and environmentally-friendly silver cleaner using ingredients from your own kitchen.

Polishing Cloth: Try polishing your jewellery with a polishing cloth. I suggest the Sunshine Polishing Cloth it is great for all metals.

Soap and water: Warm water and a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free dish washing soap should be your first line of defense if the polishing cloth fails to remove tarnish.

Baking soda and water: Make a paste of baking soda and water and use a clean cloth to apply a pea-sized amount to the silver and polish. For etched, stamped or detailed items, thin the paste with more water and use a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to get the cracks and crevices. Run the silver piece or pieces under running warm water, and dry with a clean cloth.


Brass is going to need to be cleaned often so here are a few easy tricks to getting that golden shine back.

Polishing Cloth: Try polishing your jewellery with a polishing cloth. I suggest the Sunshine Polishing Cloth it is great for all metals.

Vinegar Paste: Create a paste from vinegar, salt, and flour. Mix 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt into 1/2 cup (125 ml) of white vinegar, stirring until combined. ... Rub this paste onto the brass. ... Rinse the jewelry under warm water. ... Buff the jewelry dry using a soft, dry cloth.

Ketchup: Squirt some in a bowl, put your brass or copper pieces in, let them sit, rinse. The acid from ketchup disintegrates the oxidization on the surface of the brass/copper which leaves it clean.

Gemstones and Crystals

What do you need to clean your gemstone jewelry? For many pieces, mild detergent, warm water, and a soft brush are a good start. Some gem materials are heat sensitive. Other materials may react violently to chemicals. Warm water, a mild detergent, and a soft brush are the safest cleaning materials for almost all gems.