Gold Jewelry Care Instructions
As with all metals, gold can dull over time due to contact with skin oils, powders and lotions. It may be cleaned with warm soapy water(dishwashing liquid works fine) and a soft toothbrush. After rinsing, it should then be dried with a soft lint-free cloth. This treatment is ok for most pieces containing gemstones(avoid with emeralds). Note that certain gemstone varieties should not be left to soak.
A commercially available precious metal polishing cloth works well to restore lustre. Polish areas of the piece in one direction to maximize shine. Ultrasonic cleaners and steam cleaners can damage many of the gemstone varieties commonly used in jewelry. Ionic cleaners are a much safer option.
Avoid swimming or working with household chemicals while wearing jewelry as this can pit the surface and result in quicker oxidation. It is also good practice to store each of your jewelry pieces in separate boxes or cloth bags to keep them from scratching each other.
Silver Jewelry Care Instructions
My Sterling Silver jewelry is made of a 96% pure sterling silver alloy called Argentium Silver. Unlike traditional sterling silver alloys, Argentium Silver contains a small percentage of Germanium which forms a protective barrier on the surface of the metal. This barrier prevents oxygen from penetrating into the Argentium Silver and makes it about 8 times more resistant to tarnish than traditional sterling silver.
A commercially available precious metal polishing cloth works well to restore lustre. Polish areas of the piece in one direction to maximize shine. Pieces made of Argentium Silver may be cleaned with warm soapy water(use non-abrasive, phosphate-free soap) and a soft toothbrush, rinsed and then dried with a soft lint-free cloth. Do not use cleaners intended for use with standard Sterling Silver.
As with any jewelry, avoid swimming or working with household chemicals while wearing it. When worn next to wool or latex items silver will tarnish more quickly. Store pieces made of Argentium Silver separate from other kinds of silver.