Clean tarnish and restore shiny or matte finishes on fine jewelry by Luxe Design.
1 x white ProPolish pad.
1 x yellow Sunshine Polishing Cloth.
1 x pink matte finishing stick.
1 x roll superfine steel wool.
This kit allows you to care for your fine sterling silver jewellery and gold jewellery. Keeping your pieces clean and polished, and storing them out of moisture and air will keep them looking good for many years.
The white pad can turn a dull matte finish into a polished finish, just rub the piece with the cloth. It can be used over and over until it falls apart.
The yellow Sunshine cloth restores a shiny finish while removing tarnish and can be used over and over until it falls apart. Rub the piece using either side of the cloth.
The pink matte finishing stick revitalizes a matte finish and removes tarnish on surfaces. This is ideal for oxidized pieces where the blackening is in the details and you want to restore a soft, matte finish. Use the grey side on flat or gently curved surfaces. For best results, move the stick across the surface in one direction until you like the finish.
The superfine steel wool easily removes surface tarnish while leaving pieces with a soft satin finish. Simply rub the piece with the steel wool. For smaller hard to reach areas, you can also tear small pieces off. It can also be used on chains. Fold the steel wool over a chain and gently pull the chain through. This can also be used on jewelry which can then be highly polished with the white polishing pad for a shinier finish.
CARE GUIDE FOR LUXE DESIGN JEWELLERY
Sterling silver and Gold can both tarnish under certain circumstances.
WHAT IS TARNISH?
Tarnish is the product of a chemical reaction that can occur when sterling silver or gold (and other metals) are exposed to air, moisture, and sulfur dioxide or other chemicals. Tarnish appears as a dark layer on the surface of the metal.
Tarnish does not appear on all sterling silver or gold. It can worsen when the weather is hot and humid, and with rare cases the PH balance or acidity of a person’s skin can cause silver to darken. Perfumes and deodorants, chlorine and other chemicals can also trigger tarnish. Some manufactured chains and precious metal jewellery come coated with a tarnish resist, but is not available for hand-made, one of a kind or custom gold or silver.
It is difficult to know why jewellery tarnishes with one person and not another. Fortunately, tarnish is not an indication of a problem with the metal, and it can easily be prevented and removed as it is only on the surface and does not damage the jewellery. With proper care, your gold and sterling silver jewellery can last you a lifetime and beyond.
TO PREVENT TARNISH:
• Store 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. Keep these in your jewellery boxes.
IF YOUR JEWELLERY IS ALREADY TARNISHED:
MATTE or SATIN FINISH JEWELLERY
Most of our jewelry has a matte finish which brings out the fine details and has a modern look. This finish needs special care but can easily be restored. There are several ways to freshen up the appearance of your matte finish jewelry:
• 3M makes a microfine polishing or sanding 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 can be purchased on Amazon or at jewellery supply stores.
• Pink matte finishing sticks revitalize a matte finish and removes tarnish on surfaces. This is ideal for oxidized pieces where the blackening is in the details and you want to restore a soft, matte finish to a smooth surface.
• 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 and Amazon.
• Some padded nail buffs with a very fine abrasive pad can be used to restore a satin finish.
HIGH GLOSS SHINY FINISH JEWELLERY
• Rouge cloths are also available at jewelry supply stores and online. Rub the piece with the red side of the cloth containing the polishing compound “rouge”, then buff the piece with the other side.
• Sunshine polishing pads are available at specialty jewellery supply stores. These can remove tarnish and restore a shiny finish by rubbing the pieces.
These methods can be used with either our Matte Finish or Shiny Finish Jewellery
• For lightly tarnished jewelry try moistening a soft cloth with warm water and a little soap, and pat dry.
• For deep cleaning, like the tiny surfaces of a chain, our favorite product is TWINKLE silver polish. Use a soft toothbrush to really get the paste into every crevice and it will come out tarnish free. You should be able to find it in most drug or department stores and on Amazon.
• For sturdy pieces you can use this next method, but we do not recommend this for any of the urns or lockets that may hold precious contents, or with pieces that have pearls or gemstones. In a large pot lined with aluminum foil, bring one liter of water and one tablespoon of baking soda to a boil. Put your silver in the hot water for 10 seconds and remove with tongs. If tarnish persists, make a baking soda paste with 1/3 cup of baking soda and 2-3 tablespoons of water. Apply to the problem areas with a cloth then rinse and dry.
• Professional refinishing at a jewellery store. Most jewellery businesses can easily refresh the look of your piece with a professional polishing machine. We are happy to refresh your pieces anytime for no charge, and other stores may provide this service for a small fee. Make sure though that they have experience doing a professional matte finish or you may be better off doing it by hand using one of the previously recommended methods.
• We don't recommend the dip style of polish for matte finish jewelry.
You can find all of these resources online, however, we have put together a cleaning kit that includes everything you need to care for your Luxe Design jewellery. It includes travel size cleaning tools for both matte finish and shiny finish jewellery, with some items that can only be found a jewellery wholesalers:
• Superfine Steel Wool
• Matte Finish Stick
• Sunshine Polishing Cloth
• White Polishing Pad
All the Luxe Design Jewellery is made by hand to order. Each piece of Sterling Silver and 14k Gold jewellery we make is stamped with a quality stamp indicating the quality of the metal, as well as our trademark stamp which guarantees its authenticity.