WEAR & CARE TIPS


TIPS FOR CARING STERLING SILVER AND CUBIC ZIRCONIA JEWELRY CARE

 

  1. Make daily care a habit. Your sterling silver jewelry should be the last things you put on in the morning to avoid getting makeup, lotions and other personal care products on them. They should also be among the first things you take off in the evening so they don’t get snagged on clothing and avoid the zirconia falling off when you undress.

 

  1. Avoid exposing your jewelry to conditions of extreme heat, or wearing it in the pool, shower or ocean. Also try to avoid banging your jewelry into hard objects, such as doors, tabletops or glass. The impact of the jewelry hitting those objects can loosen the stone settings.

 

  1. If you find the size of ring is small. Please buy a big size one, don’t try to make it big by force. Otherwise. The zirconia is easy to get loosen and fall off.

 

  1. Have some basic cleaning equipment on hand. Invest in a special silver polishing cloth or soft 100% cotton cloth, which are both great for light cleaning your silver jewelry without scratching its surface.

 

  1. Minimize tarnishing. Unfortunately, all sterling silver jewelry will tarnish as the exposed layer of silver reacts with elements in the air to form a faint golden glow, or patina, which then turns black. Remove your sterling silver pieces when cleaning, taking a shower or swimming, as the chemicals involved in these activities could cause immediate tarnishing. The good news is that natural oils from the skin help minimize tarnishing, so the more frequently a piece is worn, the less likely it is to tarnish!

 

  1. Arrange proper storage. Storing your jewelry in a cool and dry place helps slow tarnishing. Individual cloth bags with drawstring ties or airtight zip-lock plastic bags will also help preserve the shine, as well as prevent scratching against other loose items in your drawer or jewelry box.

 

  1. Clean it with a silver paste cleaner or a silver polish spray, following the directions provided by the cleaning product manufacturer. Keep in mind that silver polish cleaners or pastes are probably not compatible with cubic zirconia, and can damage the stone. Also, many of these cleaners are quite abrasive and should be used lightly.

 

  1. Conduct a periodic deep clean. To keep your sterling silver jewelry beautiful over time, rinse them with water and dry them with a soft cotton cloth. Never use paper towels or tissues to dry your jewelry as these items contain coarse fibers that can scratch the surface of fine sterling silver jewelry.

 

  1. Make those CZ shine. Like diamonds, cubic zirconia stones can appear dull over time and with heavy use. Bring back their brilliance by soaking your cubic zirconia jewelry in a mild dishwashing liquid and warm water solution. You can then gently scrub the jewelry clean with a toothbrush and rinse them under warm water. Alternatively, mix toothpaste and baking soda and use this paste to cover the jewelry for 15 minutes. Then gently brush the piece with water and work up a good lather. Rinse under running water and continue brushing until all the suds have been washed away.

 

  1. Know what to avoid. For the longevity of your sterling silver jewelry, be aware that certain substances, such as rubber, latex, chlorine, sulfur, bleach and other conventional household cleaners, can burn and thereby damage sterling silver. Keep these things as far away from your jewelry as possible. Also, it’s best to avoid using sterling silver cleaning products directly on cubic zirconia, as the chemicals in these dips, pastes and sprays can damage the stones. When cleaning silver with such products, carefully work around the stones.

 

  1. Seek professional help. If you cannot remove that persistent spot of dirt off your cubic zirconia jewelry, take it to a jeweler for a high pressure steam clean. Also, seek professional help for maintenance issues, such as loose stones.