Here are a few suggestions to protect and maintain the beauty of your accessories.
A. Silver (or Silver-plated)
- Avoid direct contact with soap, cosmetics, perfume and skincare products, as these chemicals will dull the surface shine. Pool water and sea water will have a similar effect. Silver should be dried immediately after contact with water.
- Accessories usually lose shine due to pollution from sweat, grease and dust. After wear, silver accessories should be gently cleaned with a polishing cloth.
- Silver accessories should be stored independently in pouches or separately in a jewellery box to avoid scratches or damage from abrasion. Exposure to air should also be avoided to prevent oxidation.
- Silver is a very stable element, however, it does react to sulphur in the air, which produces black spots, therefore contact should be minimised.
- Pearls are delicate, and abrasion with rough materials should be avoided.
- Pearls should not be in contact with sweat, vinegar or any acidic substances, as it will lead to erosion.
- Contact with perfume and hairspray should be avoided, as these chemicals can be easily absorbed by pearls and reduce their shine. Pearls should be worn only after cosmetics are applied.
- To maintain shine, pearls should be washed with water and cleaned with a soft towel, then left to dry in a well-ventilated area before storing properly.
C. Stainless steel
- Clean your stainless steel jewelry using water and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush and rub dry with a towel. Allow the jewelry to sit dry for some time.
- To prevent any scratches, wear and store your pieces in a way that minimizes any contact with other items.
- Store your stainless steel pieces separately from jewelry made of other metals. It is best if you keep your stainless steel items in individual bags or pouches.
- Clean your titanium jewelry using water and mild dishwashing liquid. Soak your titanium ring in the solution for about 5 minutes, and then gently rub the dirt off the pieces with a soft cloth. Then rinse it with water and dry it with a clean towel.
- You can also clean your titanium jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner. However, it is not recommended for your metal pieces to be in contact with the hard surface of the ultrasonic device during the cleaning.
- If your jewelry pieces are made of colored (anodized) titanium, you should only use soap, water and ammonia on them; harsher cleaning solutions can discolor anodized titanium.
- You should remove your titanium rings and other jewelry when engaging in activities that can expose your items to the risk of bumps, hits and damage.