Hawaiian Jewelry Care
Caring for your jewelry
Proper jewelry care begins with keeping your jewelry clean. If storing your jewelry, clean it first by gently wiping free all oils or accumulations using a jewelry polishing cloth. Place your jewelry in a jeweler's tissue or in it's original packaging.
Cleaning Gold Jewelry
Although gold does not tarnish, it can become dirtied or dulled by the oils produced by your skin, makeup, lotions, or other foreign substances. A mixture of warm water and a mild detergent can be used to soak the jewelry for just a few minutes. You can use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub away any debris. Remove the jewelry from the soapy water making sure to rinse it thoroughly. Promptly dry and polish your jewelry with a soft jewelry cloth.
Cleaning Silver Jewelry
Over time, sterling silver may tarnish. To prevent this, you can try wrapping your jewelry in tissue paper, and placing it inside a sealed container such as a plastic zip lock bag. Make sure to clean your jewelry before storing it.
If your jewelry has become tarnished, you may use a solution of warm water with a mild detergent to soak it for a few minutes. Thoroughly rinse and dry the jewelry being careful not to scratch it. Remember that silver is much softer than gold, and will scratch easily by a fingernail or a rough cloth.
Cleaning Jewelry with Stones
Most faceted gem stones are very hard, hard enough to cut glass. However the dust in the air can contain silica. This thick sand attaches to oils from our skin and lotions and sticks to the jewelry and can scratch the stones. It is important to keep your stones blemish free.
To remove excessive tarnish, polish with a 100% cotton cloth and a good nonabrasive metal cleaner. Be sure to remove any remnants of the cleaner from gemstones and rinse thoroughly with clean water.
Tips for Keeping your Jewelry Looking New and Shiny
When caring for your jewelry, never use anything but 100% cotton as a polishing cloth since paper, polyester, and coarse fabrics often contain wood fibers or synthetics. These materials may impart fine scratches in the metal, especially on sterling silver.
A polished appearance is the result of the metalsmith's effort to file, sand and buff the metal to a perfectly flat surface. When even minor scratches occur, as seen under a microscope, the surface looks like the ragged edge of a saw blade and light is bounced in and around those scratches like a voice echoing in the Alps. An unmarred surface allows the light to be bounced back smoothly, with no echoes, and results in a highly reflective surface.