Jewelry Care Guide
CARE & STORAGE
Jewelry is one of our most affectionate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to take care and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your antiques sparkling for generations to come.
You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often, as the oils on your skin will maintain the silver and keep it a shiny looking. Unfortunately, the metal will still become dull or darken with normal wear. Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolor precious metals. Even everyday substances like lotions, direct sunlight, soap, detergents, perfume, or other cosmetics can contain chemicals, and even perspiration all take their toll on fine jewelry and tend to accelerate tarnishing. Please take off your jewelry before doing household chores or gardening to avoid knocking out stones, and it's a good idea to take off your jewelry before applying creams and lotions. Gemstone settings can get clogged up with cream easily. There's a reason ladies get dressed with jewelry last, as a finishing touch!
To avoid tarnishing when you store your jewelry, make sure it is stored airtight, as humidity is an enemy to precious metals. The bathroom is the most convenient yet the worst possible place for you to store the jewelry. You can use little zip-lock bags. Please make sure you don't store multiple jewelry pieces in the same container; the individual pieces can scratch each other. Keeping link or chain bracelets unclasped or unhooked will prevent scratching as well. If humidity is a problem, you can place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a package of silica gel in your jewelry box.