Cleaning and Product Care

While our jewelry is meant to be worn every day, here are a few tips and tricks you can do to keep your jewelry looking its best.

 

General Care and Cleaning

To minimize prolonged exposure to moisture and chemicals that can cause tarnishing and wear, we recommend removing your jewelry before showering, swimming, exercising, or cleaning. When not being worn, it’s best to store your jewelry in an airtight container (a ziplock bag will do) or a felt bag, which helps absorb excess moisture.

To clean your jewelry, gently wash it with warm water and a mild dish detergent. Use a very soft toothbrush to get into recessed areas. Make sure to completely dry your jewelry afterwards with a soft cloth to ensure no moisture remains to prevent your jewelry from tarnishing.

These simple tips will help extend the life of your jewelry, but if you feel your pieces need a little extra help to get back to looking their best, we have some suggestions:

 

Sterling Silver

It is normal for sterling silver to tarnish over time, especially with exposure to moisture or chemicals. Washing your hands while wearing silver rings is perfectly fine, just make sure to dry them afterwards to ensure no moisture remains that can cause tarnishing. To remove mild tarnish, the method outlined in our general cleaning section should suffice, but for more stubborn tarnish, there is an easy at-home cleaning solution you can make. More information here.

You may find that your silver will develop scratches over time and lose some of its original shine. This happens naturally as a result of silver being softer than many of the surfaces it can come in contact with throughout the day. We love the character this can bring to a piece over time, but if you’d like it to maintain its original high polish, any reputable jeweler should be able to re-polish the piece for you to restore its shine.

Plated Jewelry

Rhodium and 14k gold are very resistant to tarnishingthough in some cases, exposure to moisture and chemicals may still cause them to tarnish. Following the general cleaning method and properly storing pieces in airtight containers is typically sufficient to get them back to looking good as new. We strongly suggest protecting your plated jewelry from interacting with any harsh chemicals such as those found in perfumes, hand sanitizer, soaps, and cleaning products to prolong the lifespan of the plating.

The plated layer on our jewelry is very thick by industry standards. However, you may still find that the plating can wear off on the more exposed areas of your jewelry over time. We find that this happens most often with the ring surfaces that come in contact with other hard surfaces. If this occurs within 5 years of your purchase, we will gladly replate your piece for you. We are also happy to replate your item if it develops scratches or damage from everyday wear. Please refer to our Repairs [hyperlink] page to learn more about this process.

Pearls

Pearls respond well to frequent wear, as the natural oils on our skin can help them maintain their lustre. However, it is important to protect your pearls from exposure to any harsh chemicals such as those found in perfumes, hand sanitizer, soaps, and cleaning products as these can wear away at the pearl’s surface and create a dull appearance. Pearls can be carefully washed using a very gentle unscented soap and dried with a soft cloth.

 

Gemstones

The gemstones we use have varying degrees of hardness and porosity, so it’s always advised to err on the side of caution and treat them as you would pearls. If your gemstones become scratched or dull, please contact us to see about having them replaced.

 

Resin

Resin is a polymer, and it is therefore very important to protect any pieces containing resin from harsh chemicals such as those found in perfumes, hand sanitizer, soaps, and cleaning products to prevent the resin from degrading and softening over time. To clean your resin pieces, use a gentle unscented soap in warm water and dry with a soft cloth.