How To Care For Your Lace Jewelry


For sterling silver pieces:  The easiest way to keep your sterling jewelry looking bright and shiny is to store it in a plastic bag when not in use. If your jewelry starts to look a little grey and dingy, however, simply swirl it in some household ammonia for 20-30 seconds, gently scrub the piece with an old toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft cloth. Heavier tarnish (dark grey to black in color) can be removed with a cream polish (such as Wright's), or even a little bit of toothpaste and an old toothbrush. Please do not use chemical dips or wipes, as they can actually damage your jewelry and make it tarnish faster.

 Compare:  The ring on the left has been cleaned with ammonia, whereas the ring on the right has yet to go in.

Compare:  The ring on the left has been cleaned with ammonia, whereas the ring on the right has yet to go in.

For bronze pieces:  My bronze items are not sealed or treated in any way, so they will tarnish with exposure to air and skin.  Many like the antiqued look this gives the metal, but in the event you want to restore it to its original luster, simply give the piece a good scrubbing with soap and water (to remove surface oils), dip the piece in white vinegar, then rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft cloth.  Depending on amount of wear and/or body chemistry, you may notice a green patina start to form on the piece.  Vinegar alone will not remove this, but (much like heavy tarnish on silver) it can be gently scrubbed away with either a cream polish or a little bit of toothpaste and an old toothbrush.