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I take pride in making the very best quality products for you but that does not make them maintance free. At some time they will become dirty or will wear out. That is an unavoidable problem we have with everything in our lives, isn't it?
In the long run, the life of your jewelry ultimately rests upon you, the wearer, to determine just how much torture and abuse recieves. The better you take care of them, the longer they will last. That is why I am giving you a few of the tips, tricks and stuff I have learned while in the jewelry biz.

I personally have a problem with ultrasonic cleaner and with liquid silver cleaners. They are great for your diamonds and such, but, they can be damaging to many stones, shells, pearls, etc. Through the years I have come across some low cost easy to use items to clean jewelry with.

For everyday cleaning most jewely can be washed with mild soap and water. Try using Ultra Dawn, Ultra Joy and Ultra Palmolive liquid dish soaps and warm water. These work especially well with jewely containing sterling silver or gold-filled beads but can be damaging to pourous stones and pearls and shells if you use too much detergent.

Toothpaste can also be a good jewelry cleaner, but use with caution, toothpaste is abrasive. Don't use with pearls, and soft porous stones like malachite and turquoise.

Another method I have used frequently is a mixture of table salt, baking soda, hot tap water, aluminum foil and a glass or plastic bowl. This method works really well for sterling silver jewelry.
1. line the bowl with aluminum foil.
2. spread a generous layer of baking soda.
3. place jewelry on top of baking soda (I have done fairly large quantites of jewelry at one time and still had good results)
4. cover the jewely with more baking soda
5. sprinkle generously with table salt.
6. slowly add just enough hot tap water to cover (not boiling water)
You will see some bubbling, like little scrubbing bubbles. Let the soak for atleast 15 minutes or a few hours for heavier tarnished silver. Check the progress and if needed you can lightly scub with an old soft tooth brush or wash cloth and some of the baking soda mixture.
7. Rinse clean with lots of water. The baking soda will collect on the inside of the beads and can be abrasive to the cable or cording so be careful to rinse very well.
8. Pat dry with a towel or paper towel and or dry with hair dryer to prevent water spotting.
9. Some sterling items might need a light buffing with a silver polishing cloth.

I did notice one problem with this method. Any hematite beads that rested on the sterling while soaking left dark spots that were more difficult to buff off. I later learned that its the iron in the hematite beads that counter acts or contaminates the solution. The same can be said for putting hematite in liquid sterling cleaning solutions.

Most all items will do just fine with a quick rubbing with a polising cloth.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to send an email and I'll help any way I can.


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