Maintenance guide for jewerly
Unless you never wear them, your jewelry needs a few precautions and occasional cleaning to stay nice and clean. Here are some simple tips for your jewelry, tested and approved! You will understand that it is much less complicated than what you imagine!Wear your jewelry
I say it often; your jewelry, wear it! What's the point of having a very beautiful ring if it stays in a jewelry box all year round? By wearing them, your skin naturally polishes your rings and thus they maintain their appearance. On the other hand, I agree, there are everyday jewels and Saturday night jewels. Read our blog on the subject to learn more.When you are not wearing them, store them away from air and light.Maintenance and cleaning
There are full of expensive goods and equipment to clean your jewelry, but this combination is my favorite:
Hot water + dish soap + toothbrush
It's quite simple; rub your jewelry with dish soap, of the "good degreaser" type, with the toothbrush then rinse with hot water and dry quickly. With the toothbrush you will have access to small places that accumulate dirt. Clean well under the stones in different directions. If your jewelry is very dirty, soak it for 10 to 30 minutes in very hot soapy water. Baking soda can also be used to wash your jewelry.Tarnished silver
For sterling silver jewelry that has tarnished, you can remove most of the oxidation with baking soda. Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water. No need to measure exactly, the idea is to have a kind of dough. Then use a cloth, washcloth or just your fingers to rub the surface of the jewelry. It is necessary to rub a little hard, then rinse with hot water and dry with a clean cloth. Polishing
After drying, a little rubbing with the polishing cloth will bring back the shine. A polishing pad is offered with every jewelry purchase at MCDécarie, and you can use it until it turns completely black. It should not be washed, because it contains a coumpound that polish jewelry. You can always get some from us or from a jewelry store. If you don't have one on hand, a 100% cotton cloth can help you out.
After a few years, consider bringing your favorite piece of jewelery back to us for refurbishment . We will be able to give it a complete machine polishing and thus eliminate all surface scratches. We will take the opportunity to examine your jewel; check claws and reinforce weaker items to prevent breakage, or re-plating with rhodium.Pearls
Pearls are fragile gems and extra precautions apply. Clean them with a damp cloth to remove the acidity emitted by your skin. Avoid contact with chemicals, perfumes, hairspray, etc. Mother-of-pearl is a fragile surface, do not store them loose with your other jewelry. If damaged, the beads can be replaced. The stones
Most stones do not require any special treatment. Fragile stones, such as turquoise, opals, labradorite, moonstone, should be treated with the same care as pearls. Clean your stones often to keep them shiny, and take the opportunity to check that none move or turn on their own.The leather
Natural leather needs to be nourished with mink oil to stay nice and smooth. Hope these tips are useful to you!