Jewelry Care

Here are a few tips to maintain your jewelry.  They are divided into 3 categories; genuine leather, freshwater pearls and sterling silver.  Proper maintenance will help maintain your jewelry their original condition.

Genuine leather

Leather cords are cut from genuine leather skin.  They ask some precautions not to damage them.  Untreated leather may change color over time because of prolonged contact with skin oils from our skin and our hair. It can also be stained with abrasive cleaners, powder products, organic solvents and perfumes.  

Maintenance is simple.

A damp cloth and mild soap is sufficient for the routine cleaning of leather.  Simply wipe the leather with a damp soft cloth, not wet. This allows you to remove dirt and residue on the surface of the leather. You can do this a few times a year or as needed if the jewelry is worn regularly.

Freshwater pearls

The composition and hardness dictates the rules of maintenance of the pearl.

Since the pearl contains water, the beads are sensitive to drying out and keeping them in a safety deposit box or even in a jewelry box with papers would be a mistake.

Nacre is a carbonate therefore pearls are sensitive to acids, including the acidity of the skin and all cosmetics including perfumes.  To preserve the beauty of a pearl jewel it should be cleaned gently with a slightly damp chamois every time we wear it before storing it.

We need to avoid friction with the surface of the pearl in a jewel.  For this reason it is mounted with a knotting technic between each bead which prevents friction.  In case the jewelry breaks; this knotting technic will prevent the loss of precious pearls.   Ideally one should remount a necklace or pearl bracelet regularly.

(Source: The Montreal School of Gemology)

Sterling silver

The best way to keep your shiny sterling silver as purchased is to wear it.  Wearing sterling silver jewelry allows it to be rubbed against your skin and your clothes polishing it naturally without any effort on your part. When it is not worn you can minimize tarnishing your silver jewelry by storing it in a re-sealable plastic bag ("Ziploc” style).  The presence of oxygen will be restricted and slow the oxidation phenomenon of your sterling silver.

Instruction to clean a sterling silver jewel:

1. Immerse only the part of your sterling silver jewelry in a bowl of boiling water with a little dish soap.  With a sponge or soft brush gently remove the dirt.  Rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth. That's it!

2. If after the first step you are not satisfied put your jewelry in a small bowl of water with baking soda.  Soak a few minutes, rinse with water and dry with a microfiber line.  Your jewelry should have regained its luster.