Funlola's Workshop
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Jewelry Care

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Silver and brass will tarnish/patina most over time. It all depends on your lifestyle and the aesthetic you like. If you're not a fan, here's how to care for and clean them

Handling your jewelry

  • remove jewelry before bathing, swimming, beaching, gardening or any hardcore activities

  • apply lotion first, then bejewel yourself

  • the more you wear your silver, the less likely it is to tarnish. It loves your body oils, but not lotion!

  • gold requires the least attention, but may occasionally need a quick polish

  • be careful with softer stones like turquoise and opals and do not expose to extreme temps. Do not soak jewelry with soft stones to clean

  • When traveling always store your jewelry in a padded box to avoid getting crushed

Cleaning your Jewelry

Main ingredients for homemade cleaning solutions are typically baking soda with warm water or vinegar OR mild dish soap (like castile) and warm water. These work well for thorough cleaning when a polishing cloth

Sterling Silver

  • store in an airtight, padded container

  • if your jewelry has an oxidized finish, do not use a polishing cloth. baking soda paste and a soft brush works well

Brass & Bronze

  • if your jewelry has an oxidized finish, do not use a polishing cloth. baking soda paste and a soft brush works well

  • Soak in warm water and and a few drops of mild soap. gently scrub with soft brush

Gold, Gold Filled & Fine Silver

  • Although these do not tarnish as fast as other metals, they can lose their luster over time.

  • Mild soap and warm water solution with a very soft brush will work well. You can also use a polishing cloth or baking soda paste.

  • Be careful when scrubbing gold filled jewelry. Only clean when absolutely necessary. Even though it has a thicker plating than regular plated metal, you want it to last forever!