Jewelry Care Instructions

How to Prevent Tarnishing

Sterling Silver and Copper pieces will tarnish.  Tarnishing is a natural process caused by oxidation and can easily be removed by rubbing the piece gently with a soft polishing cloth, like Sunshine® Cloths

Please do not use metal polishes and/or tarnish removers – they can damage pearls and gemstones. 

Prevent tarnish build-up by polishing regularly and storing in a cloth sack or box with tarnish inhibiting strips. I do not recommend using zip top bags to store pearls or gemstones – these are natural products which need to breathe.

How to Clean Jewelry

The best way to keep your jewelry clean is to use Sunshine® Cloths – they clean and polish without scratching metal.

Alternatively, you can clean by wiping gently with a soft damp cloth after each wearing. 

For a deep clean:

  1. Soak your jewelry in a cleaning solution made from warm water and mild detergent (Ivory or Dr. Bronner’s are nice)

  2. Use a soft worn toothbrush to gently loosen any dirt and remove film

  3. Rinse in warm water and buff dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Important Jewelry Care Tips

Eliminate the need for heavy cleaning and polishing by not exposing jewelry to hairsprays, perfumes, and lotions.  Over time exposure could greatly affect the life of the piece.  This is especially important for pearls and soft stones such as turquoise.

Store jewelry flat, out of direct sunlight, and away from heat. Some stones, such as Kunzite, Rose Quartz, and Amethyst, will fade if left in direct sunlight for lengthy periods; heat will dry out pearls. Avoid sudden temperature changes to prevent stones from cracking.

Last on, first off.  Remove jewelry before bathing, swimming, or doing chores that require chemicals. Chemicals like chlorine and detergents can harm stones and/or discolor metals.

Notes About Materials

We only use top quality materials at Rita’s Rainbow Jewelry.  We source our stones from eco-friendly suppliers. 

Gold-filled products are 14K gold that has been bonded to metal, giving it more strength and making it more resistant to dents than solid 14K gold.  This is NOT the same as gold-plating which is a thin sprayed-on layer of gold that eventually wears off. While more expensive than gold plate, gold-filled is much less expensive than solid 14K gold but will scratch like 14K. Overall, this is a long lasting, highly durable, high quality, but less expensive alternative to 14K gold.

Sterling silver and copper pieces will tarnish.  This is a natural process and can not be prevented.  However, by following these jewlery care tips and cleaning instructions, you prolong the life of your pieces and keep them looking beautiful! 

Natural stones may fade if left in direct sunlight or may crack with temperature changes.  Therefore, be mindful of where and how you store your pieces.