Care and Cleaning of Miscellanea Etcetera Jewelry
I want your jewelry to stay beautiful for a very long time, so I have compiled a few tips on how to care for all of your jewelry.
- Remove jewelry before swimming or taking a bath or shower.
- Unless coated with a clear protective finish, sterling silver and copper jewelry will darken or tarnish over time. (All jewelry for sale at Miscellanea Etcetera is uncoated unless otherwise noted.) Storing jewelry sealed in a plastic bag will slow down tarnishing.
- If the jewelry item is entirely metal, with no gemstones or glued on components, it can be cleaned by soaking it in a bowl lined with a small piece of aluminum foil and filled with 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, and enough boiling water to dissolve the salt and soda and cover the piece of jewelry. This creates a small chemical reaction which pulls the tarnish off the metal and deposits it on the piece of foil. Don't use this method on items that have gemstones or pearls.
- The more you wear pearls, the more beautiful they will stay. Natural oils in the skin will keep pearls lustrous, but take care not to expose them to hairspray, chlorinated pools, or other harsh chemicals.
- Ultrasonic and steam cleaners can potentially damage gemstones incorporated in jewelry. Check the instructions that came with your cleaner to make sure your jewelry can be cleaned in it. In general, the only gemstones that can safely be cleaned in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner are: Alexandrite, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Carnelian, Citrine, Cubic Zirconia, Diamonds, Garnet, genuine Jade (jadeite and nephrite - most inexpensive "Jade" on the market is actually Serpentine, which cannot be cleaned ultrasonically), Rhodonite, Ruby, Sapphire, and Spinel.