Jewelry containing precious metals, if treated with love and care, can last for generations. Although we at Amour & Baisers will not claim to represent the "high end" of the fine jewelry industry (nor will our prices reflect that) all our jewelry articles are made with solid gold and sterling silver and will provide you with many years of enjoyment.
The following are a few tips to keep your jewelry in great condition:
1) Water and jewelry is a bad mixture. Avoid wearing jewelry while bathing, swimming (especially in chlorinated water) and other activities that are likely to cause your jewelry to become submerged in water.
2) Hair sprays, perfumes, lotions, etc. often contain abrasive chemicals that can tarnish and erode the fine finish of a jewelry article. Apply these before putting on your jewelry and, as far as possible, try to avoid applying these to areas of your body that touch your jewelry.
3) Although quality jewelry is well-made, it may also be quite delicate. Take care to carry and store your jewelry in a proper place.
4) Gold jewelry can be cleaned using a soft cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, soak your gold jewelry in a glass of warm water with a couple of drops of non-detergent soap (Ivory, Dr. Bronner's, etc) to help remove any oils and loosen buildup. Remove after a few minutes and pat dry with a soft cloth. To clean further, use a very soft toothbrush to carefully remove any dirt particles or debris from more intricate areas.
5) Sterling silver jewelry can be cleaned in the same matter as gold. For silver jewelry with a high-polish surface, you can use a chemically treated silver cleaning cloth to restore the shine. Silver jewelry with a satin finish can be cleaned using a a watery paste of baking soda and water and rubbed gently to restore the finish.
6) Rhodium plating is often added to silver jewelry to enhance luster, prevent it from tarnishing, and to preserve it longer. Rhodium is a highly reflective precious metal commonly used to plate white gold and silver jewelry. It is a very hard metal and does not tarnish. Clean rhodium plated silver with warm water and a mild dish-washing soap. Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth immediately to avoid mineral residue from the water.
Never use any jewelry cleaning chemicals on your rhodium plated jewelry. Do not use chemically treated silver polishing cloths. Don't place in an ultrasonic cleaner. Never use abrasives of any kind, including silver cleaning dips or ammonia-based products. If you have an antique or heirloom, don't clean it without consulting a jeweler.
7) "Rose-tone," also known as "vermeil," is gold plating over sterling silver. Its purpose is to provide the look of gold using a less expensive precious metal as a base. You can clean rose-tone articles by washing them in warm soapy water. Use lukewarm water and just a touch of mild dish soap. Use a soft toothbrush to get into tight places. Rinse and dry with a soft non-chemical polishing cloth immediately to avoid mineral residue from the water.