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Jewelry Care

How to care swarovski crystal jewelry and cubic zirconia jewelry

CARING FOR CRYSTAL JEWELRY

The basic advice given for all jewelry in jewelry care also applies to jewelry made with Swarovski crystals.

Keeping crystal jewelry clean and shiny starts with avoiding exposure to chemicals such as hairspray and perfume. Such chemicals can build up on the crystals and make them look dull. When dressing always put your crystal jewelry on last, after you've applied makeup, lotions and sprays. Remove your jewelry first when undressing.

After you take your crystal jewelry off, wipe gently with a damp cotton cloth to remove oils and fingerprints. If your crystal jewelry needs additional cleaning, dip a cotton swab into water containing a few drops of window cleaner and lightly wipe any problem spots off specific crystals with that. Lay your clean crystal jewelry on a cotton cloth to air dry, overnight if possible.

When your Austrian crystal jewelry is thoroughly dry, wrap in jewelers' tissue and store in its own airtight plastic bag. Keep it separate from other jewelry so it doesn't get scratched or scratch your other pieces of jewelry.

Many styles of Swarovski crystals have a thin coating on some surfaces to give the crystals their unique appearance, so don't immerse your crystal jewelry in water. That can damage the surface of the crystals. Never use an ultrasonic, ionic or steam cleaner to clean your crystal jewelry. And never use a toothbrush to clean crystal jewelry. That will easily scratch the delicate coating. Always handle crystal jewelry carefully to avoid scratching or dulling the crystals' finish.

The sharp edges of the holes in crystals will cut though silk thread so wire or non-breakable nylon is the usual stringing material. Those materials will not be damaged as much as silk thread would be if they get wet. It's still best, though, to never soak your crystal jewelry in water. Instead, wipe lightly with a cotton cloth or cotton swab dampened with diluted window cleaner to brighten up your crystal jewelry again. If your crystal jewelry is properly stored between wearings, intensive cleaning may never be needed.


CARING FOR CUBIC ZIRCONIA JEWELRY

Use a cotton or flannel cloth to wipe your jewelry clean. A special jewelry polishing cloth would be perfect (a popular choice is Sunshine Polishing Cloth). Using straight, back and forth strokes, polish your Cubic Zirconia jewelry and remove any surface dirt and dust. Do not rub in a circular motion as that can scratch the surface of your jewelry. Then use a cleaning solution to remove grime and dirt.

Just like a diamond, a cubic zirconia can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Use a soft, cosmetic applicator to reach crevices. However, if you wish, you can use a trusted Cubic Zirconia jewelry cleaner to remove any dirt and dust from your zirconium.

Steam your CZ jewelry. Using a teakettle or any other method that produces steam, hold your jewelry directly over the steam stream to loosen dirt. You should wear gloves and use tongs or needle-nose pliers to avoid burns. Once steamed, use your polishing cloth to dry your jewelry.

Clean your Cubic Zirconia jewelry with an ultrasonic cleaner. These units are inexpensive and nice to have if you own a lot of CZ jewelry. Store your jewelry in an airtight, sealable plastic bag. If this is not possible, store your jewelry in a lined jewelry box, away from the outside air.


CARING FOR PEARL JEWELRY

Pearls are very soft and need special care and attention. You should never store your pearls in a jewelry box next to other jewelry as the box and other pieces of jewelry can damage the pearls by scratching and nicking. Instead keep your pearl in a fabric lined box or fabric pouch.

Skin produces acids that can harm your pearls, so if worn regularly pearls should be wiped down with a soft cloth after every wearing. A pearl necklace will gradually absorb acid from the skin that will eat into the pearl causing it to lose its luster. Wiping pearls off with either a wet or dry soft cloth will prevent dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the nacre. You can also use a drop of olive oil on your cleansing cloth to help maintain your pearls’ luster.

Along with being soft and easily scratched, pearls can be damaged by chemicals and heat. Only use jewelry cleaners that are clearly marked safe for pearls. Never use ultrasonic cleansers, dish or wash detergents, bleaches, baking soda or ammonia based cleansers. Never use toothbrushes, or any other abrasive materials to clean your pearl jewelry. Always take off your pearls before using any cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume and avoid heat and dry air because both can cause pearls to turn brown, dry out, and crack.

 

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