How to take care of your gold and silver jewelry: Care tips to keep their shine

Over time, jewelry gets dirty from the skin's own oils, creams and other dirt, just like the clothes we wear. Proper care of jewelry is therefore recommended in order to preserve its shine and brilliance. The main material of Omasi jewelry is always sterling silver or gold, but some of our jewelry has elements that are silver-plated or gold-plated, freshwater pearls or made of mother-of-pearl. Here are some expert tips for taking care of your jewelry:

1. Gentle cleaning:

Regular cleaning is key to maintaining the shine of your jewelry. Use mild soap or a special jewelry cleaner diluted in warm water. To remove dirt, gently rub the jewelry with a cloth or hand, but avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive materials. If the jewelry has silver-plated or gold-plated elements, avoid washing them with water and then use, for example, a microfiber cloth with which you can clean the jewelry.

2. Storage:

Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place away from sunlight and moisture. You can store jewelry, for example, in an Omas jewelry box or a fabric bag when you are not wearing it. Silver tarnishes due to exposure to air and to prevent this silver jewelry can be stored in an airtight bag which can help prevent tarnishing.

3. Avoid chemicals:

Protect your jewelry from harsh chemicals, including household cleaners, perfumes, lotions, self-tanners, and hair sprays. These substances can corrode or tarnish metals and affect the luster of pearls or mother-of-pearl. Although Omas' 14k gold-filled and Sterling silver beads are resistant to water and heat, it is still recommended that you remove the jewelry before swimming, showering, sauna, or playing sports, which exposes them to unnecessary sweat or moisture that stains the jewelry.

4. Polishing:

To maintain the shine of your jewelry, use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently polish the surfaces. Avoid abrasive materials or strong polishes that can scratch or damage delicate surfaces. Wipe nacre and freshwater pearls with a clean, damp cloth to remove dirt and oils.

5. Use with care:

Handle your jewelry with care to avoid stretching, discoloration, or breakage. It is best to remove the jewelry during sports or cleaning, when you avoid the possibility of unnecessary dirt, surface or other damage. Pay particular attention to mother-of-pearl and freshwater pearls, which are more susceptible to damage caused by chemicals and acids, body oils or cosmetics.

By cleaning the jewelry properly and avoiding exposure to various chemicals and secretions, you will keep the jewelry more shiny and maintain its useful life for years to come.

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