Jewelry Care

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  • Jewelry should always be handled with care. Rings of chainmaille jewelry are not soldered. This is one of the characteristics of chainmaille. Excessive tension might bend and open the rings. Chainmaill and wirework should be treated with care similar to a valuable pearl necklace.
  • If a piece of jewelry is not worn it should be stored in a sachet or bag (ZIP plastic bag for example) in a dark place. Colored rings might fade over time, because none of the dyeing processes color the inside of the material. Proper storing of the jewelry piece will protect it against scratches, oxidation (tarnishing), and color fading.
  • To clean anodized aluminum, pure aluminum, sterling silver, gold-plated silver, stainless steel, or enameled copper it can be immersed in soapy water for a few minutes. It is important that the soap is free of additives such as body lotion. Soap for dishwashing works the best. Afterwards, put the piece of jewelry with a further drop of dishwashing liquid in your palm and carefully rub it clean. Finally, rinse it with clear water. The jewel must be dried. Eventually, you can use a hair dryer on the lowest and coldest setting.
  • To clean „red“ metals such as copper, bronze, or brass, dip it briefly for 5-30 seconds in a mixture of lemon juice and salt. This method can also be used when enameled or anodized rings were used in addition to pure metal. After bathing in the lemon juice salt solution rub the gem carefully with a drop of dishwashing liquid in your palm. Rinse the jewelry with clean water and dry it sufficiently. The jewelry must be completely dry before it is placed in its bags for storage.
  • For a spectacular shine all jewelry can be polished in a so-called „rock tumbler“. „Shots“ of stainless steel and polishing agents should be added to the water before polishing. But be careful not to overdo it.
  • To ensure that the piece of jewelry gives pleasure for the longest possible time, never use abrasive cleaners, any chemicals, disinfectants, cleaning pads, any sharp utensils (i.e. metal scouring pads), or any other harsh cleaning agent. Especially chlorine can lead to chemical reactions and ugly patina. The gem should not be worn during heavy physical exercise. Perspiration or body lotions can oxidize the surface.
  • Silver should never be stored directly on wood, because wood can contain acid which can corrode the material.