Cleaning your Beachdashery Jewelry + Jewelry Care
Jewelry care is very important. Beachdashery started as a need to create jewelry that wouldn't tarnish and safe for people with metal allergies. The next step was deciding what kind of metal were we going to use. You have so many metals to pick from: sterling silver, surgical steel, zinc alloy, silver plated brass, and the list goes on. We really took the time to research the type of metal we wanted to use and figure out the differences. Here is what we currently carry:
Surgical Steel: I love, love, love working with surgical steel. It's the only metal I have ever used that is durable, doesn't rust and always looks brand new. It's perfect for anyone with a metal allergy and is lead free and nickel free.
Cleaning Surgical Steel: Occasionally oils build up from the skin and it can look a little dull. Soaking it in a bowl of blue Dawn dishwashing detergent for a few minutes helps to strip the oil away (the same kind of soap they use on birds and wildlife after an oil spill). Do not use silver polish or harsh chemicals, it will stain the metal. Also please keep your jewelry away from lotions, perfume, and chlorine.
Sterling Silver: We carry sterling silver only in our chains for our necklaces. I'd love to have surgical steel chains, but at this time technology does not exist to make very thin surgical chains. Sterling silver chains have the dainty thin look that we love!
Cleaning Sterling Silver: Never ever use a chemical cleaner or water with detergent soap that is on Pinterest. It is the worst thing you can do for the metal. Over time, exposing sterling silver to chemicals will make the finish turn. Take a very soft, non-abrasive cloth and rub away the tarnish. It takes a little bit of elbow grease, but in the end it will look like new.
Some additional tips on keeping your jewelry looking like new
- When you're not wearing your jewelry, keep in a dry and dark place wrapped in a soft cloth.
- Never use chemicals of any kind.
- Don't use toothpaste or any baking soda paste/mixture. It's too abrasive for the metal.