JEWELRY CARE: BE NICE TO YOUR JEWELRY
When you build your forever jewelry collection, you want to do everything you can to keep it beautiful over time. Here’s what you have been asking about jewelry care – and what you need to know to keep your jewelry looking ?
WHAT CAUSES TARNISH? HOW DO I KEEP MY JEWELRY FROM TARNISHING?
Tarnishing is completely natural for sterling silver and plated jewelry, and it’s the result of the jewelry’s surface reacting to air (aka oxidation). Tarnishing is speeded up when the jewelry is exposed to water and/or chemicals (e.g. shampoos and soaps) – but a variety of factors are at play:
- Sweat: There are a lot of chemicals in your sweat (totally normal!), so it is best to remove your jewelry during intense workouts.
- Body chemistry: We all have different hormones, so the chemicals released from our pores vary from person to person. Depending on your body chemistry, your jewels may tarnish faster than they do for someone else.
- Personal care products: Sunscreen, perfume, shampoo, lotion, cleaning products with bleach, nail polish remover, and hairspray can all speed up tarnishing and damage. We suggest removing your jewelry while you use these products.
- Pools and hot tubs: The chemicals used to clean pools and hot tubs are super harsh on jewelry, so we advise removing your jewels before going for a swim.