JEWELRY CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Preventing tarnish on costume jewelry ensures the pieces last for a long time. Tarnish is a layer of corrosion that develops on many metals. The metal of tarnished jewelry has a darkened, dull appearance, which can really reduce the luster and shine of the appearance. Sulfer and other airborne chemicals are the main cause of tarnish. Fashion jewelry also tarnishes when exposed to oils, moisture, salts and acids; our skin transfers all of these. Jewelry tarnishes much faster if it’s left out in the open than if it’s stored away in an acid-free, closed container.
It’s much easier to prevent tarnish, than to remove it.
TIPS ON PREVENTING TARNISH
1.) Thoroughly wipe each piece of jewelry with a soft, clean cloth as soon as you take it off. This removes any oils, salt or acid contaminants that can cause tarnish.
2.) Store in its case, or jewelry box, with a moisture-absorbing product like 3M tarnish strips or silica packets. In absence of moisture-absorbing materials, thoroughly wipe clean and dry each jewelry piece, then seal in a zip locked plastic bag or in acid free paper each piece separately wrapped, or lined jewelry box.
3.)Dry your hands before handling, or putting on fashion jewelry and remove before entering water (showering, swimming, washing dishes, exercising, etc.). Put jewelry on after spraying hairspray and perfume, etc.
**Minor tarnish can be buffed off with a polishing cloth, but cleaning heavy tarnish on costume jewelry may also remove some gold or silver plate from the piece.