Special Care for Your Jewelry
There are two methods recommended for cleaning all sterling silver, gold or bimetal jewelry. The first is preventative and should be done on a regular basis. Gently brush the jewelry with an old toothbrush and and sudsy ammonia mixed with warm water. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Ammonia is a degreaser and will remove the build up of oils and acids from human hands that can accelerate the tarnishing process.
The second method is the use of a “liquid dip” jewelry cleaner called “Tarnex” which can be found in most drugstores. A dip can clean off tarnish without being abrasive to the finish. Be sure to rinse well with water. This type of product can be harmful to the jewelry if overused.
IMPORTANT: For items with pearls or stones, use a Q-tip to apply liquid to metal, avoiding contact with the pearl or stone, and rinse off with water. If you miss, there will be no damage. It is harmful over time and repeated use however.
Storage tip: Keep your jewelry in plastic bags and/or jewelry boxes. Anti tarnish pouches are very helpful too. Minimal exposure to air when not in use is the best way to keep your jewelry looking new!