How to Clean Fine Jewelry at Home

How to clean your Artifact Adornment jewelry?

  • How to keep my jewelry looking beautiful? Jewelry can react with moisture, sunlight, salt water, and chemicals, resulting in a tarnished look. It's simply chemistry. Don't worry. Store your jewelry in a dry, cool place and follow the instructions below to maintain your jewelry's luster.
    • Why are some silver pieces rhodium plated? Rhodium plated silver is fine or sterling silver that is polished and dipped in rhodium. This process results in a bright finish, similar to white gold items and prevents tarnishing that typically eventually happens with silver. If your silver eventually tarnishes, that's okay. You can clean it. Real silver always eventually tarnishes. 
    • Why are most of your modern gold pieces plated or gold filled? I want my shop to have a fun and affordable atmosphere. Have you ever walked into a fancy-schmancy shop and walked right back out because you felt out of place? Me too. I hate that feeling. I want to be able to afford my own jewelry. I want my high school and college-aged friends to be able to afford it too! Gold plating or gold fill gives you the same look as 14kt gold. Gold fill jewelry typically lasts longer than plated jewelry. You could think of it as a much more thick plating. 
    • Will your jewelry turn my skin green? Fine jewelry will never turn your skin green unless you're specifically allergic to the precious metal. But I also sell modern jewelry that is not always made of precious metals. Some people think that brass, bronze, and copper turn skin green. Here's why...Have you ever noticed that copper turns green over time without polishing? Well, bronze and brass are both made of copper. When copper oxidizes on the skin, it can leave a copper carbonate mark. It's not an allergic reaction, just chemistry: copper + moisture = oxidization. Unlike plated jewelry, a bronze/brass color will never "wear off" to reveal any other base and neither will copper jewelry, so it's actually not a bad thing. It just needs to be routinely cleaned and polished.
    • Can you have a skin reaction to our jewelry? Unless you are allergic to sterling silver, rhodium plating, gold, rose gold, copper, bronze, or brass...no. But it's not impossible to have a reaction. This is extremely rare though. However, just make sure that you don't have a problem with base metals if you buy one of our modern jewelry pieces that is not gold or silver. Even the finest estate jewelry will have alloys in the metal (as all gold less than 24kt does have alloys and each piece is different). You can find out about each product's components in the product description. 
    • Can I size my ring? If it's an estate fine jewelry piece, you can most likely size it at your local jeweler. If it's a modern precious metal piece, absolutely. If it's a plated modern piece, probably not. It's difficult to repair plated jewelry because you will see where the item was manipulated (where the plating was broken to work on the ring). I wouldn't recommend it. 
    • Is it okay if I sleep and shower with my jewelry on? I wouldn’t recommend it. Sometimes prongs or other delicate jewelry components will get caught in the sheets. Modern jewelry's platings/fills wear off faster in the shower and soap scum can build. Most dangerously, you can lose jewelry to the shower drain.
    • How do I care for my plated or gold fill jewelry? Do not excessively sweat, shower, or spray perfume (or other beauty products) on your plated jewelry. Never use chemicals to clean them either. These pieces are delicate. They should be the last thing you put on when you leave the house and the first thing you take off when you return home.
    • How do I clean jewelry at home? Be sure that your items don’t have decorative blackening (oxidized areas artistically placed for definition), pearls, cameos, or gemstones (even synthetic or treated ones). I recommend you bring all jewelry with these components to be cleaned by a professional jeweler. 
      • Gold, Rose Gold, or Platinum
        • Stir a little Dawn dish soap and a tablespoon of ammonia into a cup of warm water. You can brush your piece with a baby toothbrush, then rinse in lukewarm water. Let your pieces air dry.
      • Sterling Silver
        • Combine 1 tsp. olive oil 1/2 cup lemon juice in a bowl. Dip the cloth in the solution, wring it out, then polish the silver, rinse, and immediately dry each piece. You can also use a gentle toothbrush to scrub the crevices if necessary. If you clean your silver often, tarnish won’t build up and it will be easier to clean.
      • Plated Jewelry (rhodium, gold, rose gold plated + gold fill jewelry)
        • Gently wipe off excess grime with a damp cloth. Let your pieces soak for up to 5 minutes in lukewarm water. Remove the jewelry and use a gentle toothbrush to carefully scrub the crevices of the jewelry. Rinse the jewelry under lukewarm water. To avoid mineral deposits or water stains, dry the pieces immediately.
      • Bronze, Brass, and Copper Jewelry 
        • Bronze (a mix of copper and tin), Brass (a mix of copper and zinc), and Copper just needs to be cleaned and polished to stay pretty! Clean the same way as sterling silver, and finish with a polishing cloth. Clean and polish often, so you have less oxidization! Oxidization is simply a chemical reaction, not an allergic reaction. 
      • Gemstones and Wood Beads 
        • These items are delicate. Remove excess dirt with a microfiber cloth. I recommend simply running them under warm water and softly drying with a cloth. If you gemstones need extra cleaning, bring them to a local jeweler.

    How to Clean My Fine Jewelry at Home? Cleaning Gold Sterling Silver Brass Bronze Gold Plating Antique Jewelry

    I hope I answered all of your questions; but if you have a question I didn't cover, reach out to me directly at Sophia@ArtifactAdornment.com


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