Kay G's Glass & Silversmithing Blog
Caring for Glass & Silver Jewelry/Products
Caring for Glass Bead Charm Jewelry, Sterling Silver, Prismacolor Jewelry, and 3D Stained Glass
Treat your glass beads with care just as you would any fine jewelry. To clean the glass portion, simply wipe the bead with a soft damp cloth. To polish the sterling silver bead caps or the core, gently rub the side of the bead back and forth on a polishing cloth. Do not expose the beads to acidic materials, such as lemon juice or vinegar, or any household cleaners. Never immerse your beads in a liquid jewelry cleaner, never clean them in a jewelry tumber.
Sterling Silver requires special care to preserve its appearance and longevity. In 1851, Tiffany set the American standard for sterling silver by pioneering a mixture of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper to enhance luster, strength and durability which is the standard today.
Sterling silver tarnishes when exposed to salty air, chlorine, sulfur, humidity, perspiration, cosmetics, household bleach and other strong or acidic chemicals. To prevent tarnish as much as possible, we recommend that you store your fine jewelry in a safe, dry place when engaging in the flowing activities:
- Household and outdoor chores
- Showering, bathing or swimming in pools, hot tubs, hot springs and the ocean
- Using lotion, hair products, fragrances and other cosmetics
- Exercising at the gym or during contact sports
- Preparing and cleaning up after meals
Storing your fine jewelry in pouches with an anti-tarnish finish will help prevent tarnish.
This cannot be cleaned, nor put in a tumbler, etc. Exercise caution when wearing this piece of jewelry, do not submit it to harsh surfaces as it may scratch the piece.
3D Stained Glass:
Clean the stained glass by gently wiping with a soft damp cloth. Do not display outside, they must be displayed indoors. Take care when hanging to ensure your fixture is robust enough to support the weight.