Wednesday, April 06, 2005

CALGON take me away!

People often ask us how they should clean their jewelry. We are more than happy to share these simple and economical cleaning tips that we ourselves use at home.
  • Take a small bowl and line with a sheet of aluminum foil.  Alternatively, you could use an aluminum plate leftover from last night's take-away.
  • Add one tablespoon each of Calgon Water Softener and salt into the bowl. 
  • Add very hot water, but not hot enough to burn you and only just enough to cover the jewelry.  
  • Stir to dissolve.
  • Dunk your silver jewelry into the bowl. It is important that the silver be in contact with the foil and covered by the water. You will see results in about 10 seconds. If it is badly tarnished, try using a toothbrush to loosen the dirt and soak again.
  • Rinse with warm water and rub with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Remember that the best way to keep your jewelry beautiful and sparkly is to wear it. The natural oils from your skin will help to keep it shiny, so wear them often!

Since a girl can not and SHOULD not wear all her jewelry at once, be sure to store your precious baubles in a jewelry box lined with a soft-textured material. This keeps them free from scratches and protects them from the constant exposure to air, which is what causes the silver to oxidize in the first place.

*Please note that this is not recommended for jewelry made with precious or semi-precious stones.