Pearl & Jewelry Care
Micro fiber cloth products work equally well with protecting sterling silver as with silver-plate, preventing tarnish to silver-plate is far more crucial for the long-term life of the article. This is because repetitive polishing of silver-plate will eventually wear down the silver electroplate and expose the base metal.
In addition to having proper tarnish-prevention, another way to avoid wearing down silver electroplate is to simply not over-polish.
When you do polish, do not keep polishing the article just because the polishing cloth continues to discolor and turn black. When the article appears shiny and lustrous, you're done! Another thing to keep in mind is the amount of tarnish on a plated article.
**Avoid using a cleaner or polish that is more abrasive or chemically stronger than is needed to do the job.
******Storing silver in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips is a great tarnish preventative******
Pearl Care :
Pearls are very soft and need special care. They never should be tossed on top of or next to other gems in a jewelry box. Store them in a jewelry pouch. Some peoples skin has more acid than others.
Over time the pearl will not only lose its luster, but will become barrel-shaped. You can slow this process by wiping the pearls with a soft cloth after wearing them. Besides being soft, pearls are easily damaged by chemicals like perfume, vinegar and lemon juice. Heat can turn pearls brown or dry them out and make them crack. Dry air can also damage pearls.
Only use jewelry cleaners labeled as safe for pearls. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner. Never steam-clean pearls.
**Never use (or expose pearls) to dish or wash detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex). Never use toothbrushes, scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean pearls. Do not wear pearls when their string is wet.
** Take your pearls off when applying cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume, or when showering or swimming. Avoid wearing pearls with rough fabrics like Shetland wool.
Cleaning Pearls After you wear pearls, just wipe them off with a soft cloth or chamois, which may be dry or damp. This will prevent dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the pearl nacre. You can even use a drop of olive oil on the cloth to help maintain their luster.
**Liquid soaps, such as Dawn, can damage pearls. Pay attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt may tend to collect. After washing your pearls, lay them flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry. When the towel is dry, your pearls should be dry.