Jewelry Care Guide

We believe jewelry is meant to be worn everyday and on every occasion. Most of the jewelry we sell requires very little care — just wear and enjoy.  We recommend taking off your jewelry when gardening, swimming, doing contact sports, messy cooking, and moving heavy objects. That said – it depends on your lifestyle, your aesthetic preferences, how often you lose things (taking jewelry off regularly seems to be the biggest culprit in loss!). With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to keep your jewelry looking its very best!

STERLING SILVER

Silver tarnishes quite quickly when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulfur. Happily, the best measure to prevent this is wearing your silver jewelry often. The oils in your skin help prevent tarnish. (This varies depending on your own body chemistry.)

When storing your silver jewelry, use an airtight plastic bag (like a Ziploc) and if you can, put in a piece of chalk or a silica gel (the little packets in new shoes) – these will help prevent tarnish while you are not wearing your silver.

If your silver is tarnished the best way to clean it is with a jewelry polishing cloth. (Here is an example, but they are widely available!)

There are also many viable home remedies for cleaning silver online. Just remember that silver is very soft so use something like a very soft baby toothbrush to avoid scratching.

HOW TO CLEAN STERLING SILVER

Silver typically becomes shinier the more it’s worn, so if you want to keep your sterling silver fresh, don’t let it sit around in your jewelry box! However, if you are saving a certain piece for a certain occasion and need some easy cleaning tips here are a few easy ways to clean your sterling silver jewelry!

CLEAN YOUR STERLING SILVER JEWELRY WITH TIN/ALUMINUM FOIL

If your jewelry is super tarnished, you can be sure that it will respond well to being cleaned by aluminum foil.

  • Step One: Find a baking tray and line it with a clean piece of tin foil
  • Step Two: Spread your jewelry out on the tray
  • Step Three: Sprinkle some baking soda onto each piece of your silver jewelry so that they are covered.
  • Step Four: Boil a small pot of water
  • Step Five: Slowly pour the water over the jewelry
  • Step Six: Watch in awe as the tin foil picks up the tarnish off your silver jewelry!
  • Step Seven: Flip your jewelry over and repeat steps One to Six.
  • Step Eight: Rise your jewelry and dry well
  • Step Nine: Store in an anti-tarnish bag!

BRASS AND FASHION JEWELRY / HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR FASHION JEWELRY

At Kanika A Jewelry Trove, we create jewelry that helps you live with intention. Jewelry that is meant to last many, many years. Keep reading to find out how to care for your costume jewelry so that it lasts (almost) forever!

  1. Keep your jewelry dry
  2. Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off
  3. Store your jewelry properly
  4. (How to) Keep Your Jewelry Clean

CARE TIP: KEEP YOUR FASHION JEWELRY DRY AND TARNISH FREE

Keeping your jewelry dry is a great way to keep your jewelry tarnish free.

DON’T WASH DISHES OR DO LAUNDRY WITH YOUR JEWELRY ON

Many cleaning products that come in contact with your beautiful jewelry that can take off the finish. Why? Because of the harsh chemicals.

DON’T WEAR JEWELRY IN POOL OR AT THE SPA

Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing your awesome bangle or necklace to change color.

DON’T USE JEWELRY CLEANER

Cleaner made for silver, gold, or platinum is way too harsh for fashion jewelry which is usually plated with these precious metals. Keep reading for Tips on Cleaning Your Jewelry

DON’T PUT ON LOTION OR PERFUME WITH YOUR JEWELRY ON

For the same reasons listed above, lotions and perfumes that are not 100% natural can react unfavorably with your jewelry. 

Basically, keep your jewelry away from the following:

  • water
  • dishwashing soap
  • lotion
  • perfume
  • silver cleaner
  • other harsh chemicals

CARE TIP: LAST ON, FIRST OFF

PUT YOUR JEWELRY ON AFTER YOU PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON AND BEFORE YOUR TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF

Doing this will ensure that your clothing doesn’t get caught on your sweater or t-shirt during the clothing removal process. An accidental pull of your necklace while taking off your shirt can cause a chain or string to break!

REMOVE YOUR JEWELRY DURING ACTIVITIES 

When performing mundane and fun tasks, such as laundry, cooking, or gardening, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to cleaning chemicals or cleaning fluids.

PUT JEWELRY ON AFTER APPLYING HAIRSPRAY AND MAKEUP 

This goes back to keeping your jewelry dry. Perfumes, hairspray, lotion, and makeup usually contains harsh chemicals that can damage your beautiful jewelry. By waiting until you are all done your beauty routine you can avoid potential damage.

CARE TIP: STORE YOUR FASHION JEWELRY PROPERLY TO KEEP IT LOOKING GREAT FOR YEARS!

KEEP YOUR JEWELRY SECURE

Store your jewelry in a jewelry box or other secure container that will prevent your baubles from moving around. You can also store your jewelry in a silk or velvet pouch and put each pouch in a decorative shoe box. 

USE ANTI-TARNISH PAPER

When storing your fashion jewelry try wrapping each piece in anti-tarnish paper. If you don’t have anti-tarnish paper use an eyeglass cloth instead!

AVOID AIR! 

The air around us is what makes metal tarnish. We recommend using a Ziploc or sandwich bag with the air squeezed out to prevent oxidization.

HOW TO CLEAN BRASS JEWELRY

Our specialty is brass, so I will start with how to clean brass jewelry. 

CLEAN YOUR BRASS WITH A LEMON OR LEMON JUICE 

  • Step One: Pour one cup of water into a glass or plastic container
  • Step Two: Add lemon juice from a bottle or a freshly cut lemon. 
  • Step Three: Add a little bit of salt and stir to dissolve. 
  • Step Four: Place your brass in the solution and let it soak for a few minutes.
  • Note: Keep your eye on your brass so you can take it out as soon as it is as shiny as you want it to be! 
  • Step Five: Rinse off your jewelry and dry completely.
  • NOTE: Brass retains water spots – so always dry it immediately! 

Alternatively, you can cut a lemon in half and sprinkle some salt on top of it. then rub it over the brass. Continue to step Five and Six! 

CLEAN YOUR BRASS WITH KETCHUP! 

When I think ketchup, I think fries and not jewelry! That being said, ketchup isn’t only good for food. Ketchup can be an easy way to clean your brass jewelry

  • Step One: Use your fingers or a soft toothbrush to rub the sauce across your jewelry.
  • Step Two: Let your jewelry sit for between one and two minutes. 
  • Step Three: Rinse off all the sauce and its residue. 
  • Step Four: Inspect the jewelry and if it isn’t to your linking repeat steps One to Three.
  • Step 5: Let Dry Completely.  

CLEAN YOUR BRASS WITH VINEGAR AND SALT 

  • Step One: Use a glass container to mix 1 cup of white household vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • Step Two: Warm up the solution in the microwave for a minute or two. The solution shouldn’t be hot to the touch.
  • Step Three Place your brass jewelry in the container.
  • Step Four: Scrub the item with a cloth or toothbrush to remove additional grime.
  • Note: Keep your eye on your brass so you can take it out as soon as it is as shiny as you want it to be! 
  • Step Five: Rinse off your jewelry and dry completely.
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