looking after your jewelart jewellery
sterling silver jewellery
Store your sterling silver in a jewellery box or in specialist airtight bags / pouches to prevent it oxidising / tarnishing.
If it has tarnished, wash in luke warm water and clean gently with an old toothbrush and mild washing up liquid, pat dry or leave to dry naturally, then polish with a silver polishing cloth (can usually be bought from jewellery shops). Silver dip can be used on silver chains, but it needs to be rinsed off and once dry, polished with a silver polishing cloth. Silver dip is too harsh to use with many gemstones, pearls, shells etc.
silver plated jewellery
Silver plated brooch backs and sterling silver plated bails on glass pendants, these usually darken with age: polish with a silver polishing cloth
bronze or copper plated jewellery
These usually tarnish to either a darker or a brass colour with age.
A quick polish will give it some sparkle. But if needed every so often, it can be cleaned as above (minimal luke warm water / small amount of mild washing up liquid and toothbrush) then once its been dried off I find the silver polishing cloth or any type of dusting cloth will give it a great sheen, emphasising the texture and dark / light shades of the copper.
copper and fused glass
As above but be more gentle when polishing where the glass is attached to the copper section.
abstract glass with plated bail
The sterling silver plated bail can be cleaned with a silver polishing cloth. Epoxy glue is used to affix the bail, this helps to take the impact if the glass pendant is dropped or knocked, rather than the glass shattering, but the bond may weaken, it can also be affected by extreme heat.
For my glass pendants with plated bails, should the glue weaken over time, I offer a free re-glueing service for 12 months from the purchase date (after this there is a charge of £2 p&p and an additional £3 if you want me to attach a new bail).
Please leave a comment if you have any other after care suggestions.