Jewelry Care

 

Sterling Silver

  • Storing your jewelry in a cool, dry place will help to slow the tarnishing process.

  • Remove when cleaning, swimming and taking a shower. Also avoid using harch chemicals while wearing your jewelry.

  • The best way to clean your jewelry is with a professional jewelry polishing cloth (available at most supermarkets, hardware and jewelry stores). The cloth contains cleaning chemicals, will last a long time and gives a great shine.  Rub gently to remove tarnish.

  • For heavier tarnish, use a non-abrasive brand name liquid or paste silver polish. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove all traces of polish.  Dry thoroughly.  Try to avoid getting polish on gemstones.

  • Another natural way to clean your silver jewelry is to fill an aluminum pan with really hot (but not boiling) tap water. Add about 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir a bit. Add your jewelry and let soak for 10 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly. 

  • If you wear your sterling silver jewelry regularly, your body oils help to keep the tarnishing down and cleaning to a minimum. 

 

Brass / Copper

  • Commercial copper/brass cleaner. Be sure that any stones in the jewelry can withstand the chemicals in the cleaner or do not use it.

  • As with sterling silver, copper and brass jewelry will tarnish more slowly if stored in an airtight zip lock plastic bag or jewelry case with anti-tarnish paper.

 

The copper and brass jewelry that your purchase from Kenneth Pierre Designs is sealed to help slow the tarnishing process and to prevent the metal from turning your skin green.  Sealers will eventually wear off.  You can reseal your jewelry periodically.  I recommend sealing your jewelry with either Renaissance Wax (available in jewelry supply stores or online) or Aleene's Spray Acrylic Sealer Matte Finish (available at Michael's Craft Store).