Guide

Jewelry Care

"Take care of your jewellery and it will shine for years. While every piece of jewellery looks beautiful, they can end up looking faded and may lose their shine if not cared for well. If you want your jewellery to look as long as new, then you need to take good care of it. Follow these simple steps to take care of your jewellery."

Project your pieces from sharp blows, scratches, chemicals and abrasives.
The jewelry we make is delicate and not meant to be worn during activities such as sports, swimming, gardening or cleaning.
When not in use, it is best to store your jewelry pieces in airtight zip bags or soft anti-tarnish pouches.

SOLID GOLD

Solid gold is top quality jewelry. It won't tarnish or change colours and, in 10, 14 or 18 karat, it's harder than silver thus more resistant to dents and scratches.

You still need to take care to avoid abrasives and chemicals as they can damage or even remove some of the gold. Other than that though, gold jewelry is something you can put on and *almost* never take off.

If your gold jewelry gets dirty, soak it in a bowl of warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap. After about 15 minutes, gently brush off the loosened dirt with a soft bristled toothbrush. Make sure to dry the piece completely before storing. something you can put on and *almost* never take off.

OXIDIZED SILVER

Oxidation is the blackening of silver by dipping it in a chemical solution of Liver of Sulfur. It is a semi-permanent treatment that lightens over time with wear. A coating of food-grade wax has been applied to the prolong the colour but precautions should still be taken.

To protect the surface colour, avoid contact with iotions, perfumes etc. Remove rings when washing hands and do not wear your jewelry in the shower or to sleep.

If you have purchased an oxidized piece from Andrea Shelley, please contact us for information about re-oxidization.

STERLING SILVER

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight metals, usually copper.
That is why you might commonly hear it called 925 silver.

Sterling silver is a great metal for jewelry. It is long wearing and easy to clean. While contact with the air will cause the surface of your silver to darken (called tarnish), it is easily cleaned up with a soft polishing cloth, or using this hands-off method.

The best way to prevent tarnish on your sterling pieces is actually to wear them. The friction against your skin will rub off tarnish as it forms. You can wear your sterling in the shower or to bed, but still remove it during activities where it will have contact with chemicals such as swimming or cleaning.

CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY AT HOME

If you're ever found a forgotten piece of silver jewelry in the bottom of your jewelry box - dark, dingy and no longer the least bit shiny - then you're no stranger to tarnish.

What is tarnish?

It's a chemical reaction between silver and the sulfur in the air. Given enough time, it is pretty unavoidable unless you vacuum seal your jewelry between wears (and really, does that?).

So what can you do for clean your jewelry?

Materials you need:

5 Easy Steps:

  1. Take a bowl and put a tinfoil paper into it.
  2. have some warm water and add 2 tbsp baking soda into it.
  3. Put your tarnished silver jewelry into that mixture and wait for 2-3 hours.
  4. Take a Jewelry from bowl.
  5. Clean jewelry with soft cotton cloth.