Cindy Liebel Jewelry LLC is nickel free and arrives with a small jewelry cleaning cloth. In addition to the cleaning cloth, there are other ways to keeping your jewelry looking new and fresh for a lifetime.
- Avoid swimming pools, spas, chlorine, yard-work and contact sports while wearing your jewelry.
- Wear after applying perfume, makeup, and lotions.
- Remove before bathing.
- Hang necklaces to prevent twisting, tangling and bending.
- Securely store your jewelry inside a jewelry box or small plastic baggie.
- If necessary, clean silver jewelry by washing with warm water and a mild soap (note this will remove any original patina at the time the piece was fabricated)
There are five types of recycled metals used in Cindy Liebel Jewelry designs...
- Sterling Silver (charcoal silver)
- Argentium (polished silver)
- 14K Gold (yellow and rose)
- 14K Gold Fill (yellow and rose)
- Titanium (grey)
Sterling silver has 92.5% pure silver, the rest is copper and is naturally prone to tarnishing. Because sterling silver is a soft metal, do not use a regular toothbrush to clean. Instead, try using a soft, nonabrasive sponge or an infant toothbrush and warm water with a mile soap to remove any grit or dirt. Here's a natural way to clean your sterling silver jewelry at home without harsh chemicals.
- Line a tray with aluminum foil, shiny side facing up.
- Add your tarnished jewelry to the foil, be sure to not crowd the jewelry and do not allow jewelry to touch.
- Heat 1 cup of water to a rolling boil (enough water to cover jewelry).
- Add baking soda 1 - 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of sea salt to boiling water.
- Stir until baking soda and sea salt dissolves using a wooden spoon.
- Carefully pour the water/baking soda mixture into tray of jewelry.
- Bubbles will appear and lift away from the tarnished jewelry.
- Once cool, remove the jewelry and rinse with warm running water.
- If any tarnish is still present, repeat process using a new sheet of aluminum foil... Or use a soft toothbrush and soapy water to remove excess or use a soft micro fiber or polishing cloth towel to remove excess.
- Thoroughly blot jewelry dry and store in an airtight container or display.
Charcoal Silver jewelry is made with sterling silver. To achieve the black, gunmetal look, the metal pieces are dipped in a heated patina bath to blacken the silver. Patina is a surface treatment, so the blacken affect will eventually dull or wear off overtime.
Argentium combats tarnishing, where sterling naturally oxidizes. Argentium contains 93.5% - 96% pure silver and contains small amounts of germanium, allowing the precious metal to have a lasting silver finish. As with all precious metal jewelry, properly clean Argentium pieces using lukewarm, soapy water, rinse, and pat dry with a soft cloth to maintain it's luster.
There are a variety of gold karats 10K, 14K, 18K, 22K and 24K. The higher the karat the brighter the gold and purity and CLJ incorporates 14K gold in various jewelry designs. 14K gold has a beautiful warm glow. It has 58.3% gold and 41.7% is an alloy and is hypoallergenic for most. Karat gold is really easy to clean using polishing clothes or warm, mild soapy water with a soft cloth to keep them fresh and clean.
Gold-filled jewelry has a solid layer of 14K gold bounded over a base metal such as bronze or brass, sometimes copper. 14K gold-filled is hypoallergenic. Clean gold-filled jewelry keeps it shine by using 100% polishing or microfiber cloths. Store in an airtight container to maintain it's luster.
Titanium is made from pure medical grade #1 titanium, containing no alloys. This option is great for those who can't wear any precious metals, stainless steel, base metals or because they like the satin grey color of the metal. Keep your titanium jewelry clean with these simple steps.
- Add lukewarm water and mild dishwashing liquid to a small bowl.
- For five minutes, soak titanium jewelry in warm, soapy solution.
- Gently remove any noticeable dirt with a soft cloth, such as, micro cloth.
- Rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel (air drying titanium jewelry may cause water spots)
Learn more about Titanium on the designer diary.
If you absolutely can not get the shine back, contact me to begin the jewelry cleaning and reseal process.
Read the Summer Jewelry Care Tips blog post
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