How to Take Care of your Jewelries

Understanding why your sterling silver tarnishes

An alloyed metal, sterling silver, normally comprises 92.5% silver and other metals. Due to its affordability and malleability, sterling silver is a widely used metal, but it tarnishes way too quickly due to its composition.

When tarnished silver appears dark, it doesn't mean it should be thrown away or abandoned.

Tarnish results from a reaction between oxygen and sulfur in the air. It is easy to maintain your sterling silver jewelry and keep it looking good for many years with a few easy to follow suggestions.


Cleaning & Polishing Sterling Silver

Your sterling silver jewelry will need cleaning and polishing from time to time to remove fingerprints, oils, and naturally occurring tarnish.

Cleaning Sterling Silver

The most effective way to clean sterling silver is with warm water and mild bar soap. (Liquid soap is likely to leave a film on your jewelry, resulting in a dull finish.)

This cleaning method is safe for hard, non-porous gemstones, like topaz, amethyst, garnet, citrine, peridot, and cubic zirconia. Apply the warm, soapy water with a soft cloth or very soft toothbrush. Rinse clean and gently pat dry with a soft cloth.

Examples of porous gemstones include pearl, opal, emerald, turquoise, amber, coral, and onyx. Porous gemstones should never be soaked in water. If porous gemstones do become wet, gently pat dry and allow them to dry completely before storing. Take care not to expose porous gemstones to makeup, lotion, perfume, or hairspray.

Polishing Sterling Silver

The safest and most effective way to polish sterling silver jewelry is by using a soft polishing cloth. Silver polishing cloths are specially treated to remove tarnish and leave a high polished, lustrous shine.

Begin by gently rubbing the cloth on the surface of the silver, avoiding any gemstones. The dirt and tarnish on the jewelry will quickly transfer to the cloth. The more you use your polishing cloth, the darker it will become. Not to worry! Your polishing cloth will still be effective, even after many uses.

Most of the pieces that are made here in Circe’s Wares uses patinas to highlight the details of the jewelries. Patinas are no meant to last but we recommend to do detail polishing using a Q-tips for polishing the highlighted details.

Avoid laundering your polishing cloth, as washing it will remove the cleaning agent from the fabric. A polishing cloth should last several years with normal use.

 

HOW TO WEAR AND CARE FOR BRONZE JEWELRY

Did you know high-quality bronze can still turn some people's skin that greenish color? Sounds strange, but it’s true! Bronze is an alloy that contains copper, which can oxidize when combined with moisture, creating patina. This reaction creates that green tint of copper carbonate on your skin after wearing a piece for awhile.
 
Discoloration are normal for bronze material jewelries. You can just wash them off with regular water and soap.

If your bronze gets tarnished:
Use a polishing cloth regularly to gently remove any oils and residues.
Regular mild soap and water is the simplest way to get that shine back! Just be sure to dry completely using a soft cloth. A bit of rubbing alcohol is also an easy way to get rid of dirt and residue!