CARING FOR YOUR JEWELRY
All jewelry, even the most precious, requires basic care. To keep your personalized jewelry looking lustrous and good new, here are a few simple instructions to keep in mind, no matter if it is solid gold name necklace or a gold plated one, or even a sterling silver monogram bracelet! we provide you with the basic care instructions you need to ensure your monogram necklace or engraved accessory stays looking like new no matter how long ago you purchased it!
1. Makeup first, then accessories
Lotions, hairspray and some cosmetics have chemicals in this that can harm or tarnish your precious jewelry. To keep your customised piece looking its best, keep it out of harm’s way by putting it on after your do your makeup and hair.
2. If you’re cleaning, take it off
Lotions, hairspray, and certain cosmetics have chemicals in it that can cause damage to jewelry, such as tarnishing. By putting on jewelry after putting on makeup, you limit your jewelry's exposure to the chemicals.
3. Jewelry and pools don’t mix
Everyone loves a cool dip in the swimming pool on a hot summer day. But pools and jacuzzis are full of chlorine, which can discolor your jewelry if exposed too long. So play it safe: When you’re stripping down into your bathing suit, take your jewelry off, too.
4. Rub a dub dub, no jewelry in the tub
Your soaps and shampoos may get you smelling fresh and squeaky clean, but they could do a number on your personalized jewelry if they also have chemicals in this. Too much sudsing in the shower while wearing your personalized necklace, bracelet or rings can cause a film to form over the precious metal, dulling the sheen and diminishing its gorgeous shine.
5. Be smart about safekeeping
Properly storing your jewelry will do wonders for keeping it looking new. Keep your customised jewelry in a box where it won’t get tangled up with other items or dinged up from too much movement. A jewelry box with a soft felt lining is a great idea, but you can even line a simple shoebox with fabric to keep your items nestled and safe. Anti-tarnish strips are also a great investment to keep out oxidants than can tarnish and dull your pieces.
SPECIAL CARE FOR GOLD AND SILVER PERSONALIZED JEWELRY
All jewelry can eventually tarnish, but your best defense is to be vigilant and properly care for your items. At HANDMAKE, we recommend that you give your gold or silver jewelry a quick clean at the end of the day, using a soft cleaning cloth, to remove any fingerprints or oils that may have accumulated from normal wear. And once a week, we recommend a more deep clean — use a simply mix of 1/2 cup warm water with a few squirts of mild liquid soap, and let your jewelry soak for three minutes. Then remove your items, rinse with clean water, and allow the jewelry to dry. That’s it!
Sterling silver jewelry deserves extra special care, so for these precious items we recommend a silver polish.You can purchase a quality silver cream at most jewelry stores, drug stores and even supermarkets.
Your personalized jewelry commemorates your most special moments in life, so treat it with care and it will last you a lifetime.