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CARE GUIDE FOR LUXE DESIGN JEWELLERY

All the jewellery on our site is either Sterling Silver or 14 Karat Gold, unless otherwise noted. We often oxidize or blacken our pieces then matte finish them to bring out the details. Sterling silver and gold both tend to tarnish when exposed to air and moisture.


Over time, and especially if you wear your jewellery every day, the matte finish will soften into a glowing patina. This shows how well loved the piece is as it becomes a part of your everyday life. However, the original finish can be easily restored with some of the techniques below.

The best and most practical way to keep your jewellery tarnish free is simply to wear it. Jewellery that is regularly worn will not tarnish as fast as jewellery that sits out. The oils in your skin give the jewellery a natural tarnish-resist and we know from experience; the jewellery we wear doesn't tarnish! Try it and see. Some other options are:


TO PREVENT TARNISH:

  • Keep your jewellery in airtight plastic bags. It won’t tarnish if it isn't exposed to air. The worst place to leave your jewellery is in a steamy bathroom.
  • 3M and Hagerty make tarnish resistant papers that you can find at most jewellery supply stores.

HOW TO USE ANTI-TARNISH STRIPS:

  1. Place printed side down inside storage area.
  2. Use one square for every square foot of space.
  3. Minimize exposure to air and replace strips every 6 months or at first sign of tarnish. (We cut these into small pieces to put into individual baggies for long term storage).


IF YOUR JEWELLERY IS ALREADY TARNISHED:

Most of our jewelry has a matte finish. This finish needs special care but can easily be restored. There are several ways to freshen up the appearance of your jewelry.

  • 3M makes a microfine polishing pad. We love this for polishing up the surface of fingerprinted or lightly tarnished pieces. It restores the soft matte finish without removing any of the antique black details, and you can cut it into smaller pieces for easier use. This is a specialty item from jewelry supply stores. (A piece of this comes in our Tarnish Cleaning Kit for Matte Finish Jewelry)
  • Superfine steel wool is a great thing to use for cleaning tarnished surfaces and chains. BULLDOG is our favorite brand; you can find this at hardware stores. (A piece of this comes in our Tarnish Cleaning Kit for Matte Finish Jewelry)
  • For lightly tarnished jewelry try moistening a soft cloth with warm water and a little soap, and pat dry.
  • Rouge cloths are also available at jewelry supply stores. Rub the piece with the red side of the cloth containing the polishing compound “rouge”, then buff the piece with the other side. This works well on highly polished jewellery too.
  • For deep cleaning, like the tiny surfaces of a chain, our favorite product is TWINKLE silver cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush to really get the paste into every crevice and it will come out tarnish free.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and water and clean with a toothbrush or a soft cloth.


We don't recommend the dip style of polish ; it tends to tarnish faster than ever after cleaning with it.


Click here to purchase a tarnish cleaning and matte finish restoring kit for Luxe Design jewelry for $5.00.
It will give you years of cleaning!

Cleaning Kit: CKIT $5 Includes: -Instructions -One 2”x2” 3M pad and -One piece of Bulldog superfine steel wool.