LOOK AFTER YOUR JEWELRY.
You’ve probably got your new jewelry by now!
It is important that you take good care of your new jewelry so you can enjoy it for years to come. All jewelry from Nicole Piper is made of sterling silver and some are coated with gold plating.
Caring for your jewelry:
Take the jewelry of during sleep, when sunbathing, exercise, scuba diving and other physical activities, the jewelry wear much more quickly if you wear them around the clock.
Gold plating wears out with time, but if you make sure to clean your jewelry with warm water and detergent and dry them with a soft cloth, you keep them clean and they last much longer. After cleaning, you can polish them gently with a towel to get the gloss back(don’t over do it).
Silver can oxidize, everyone has a different acid balance of the skin and therefore some experience it very rarely, and others will find that they need to clean their jewelry more often than others. Certain medications can also be secreted through the skin and can help to oxidize the jewelry faster, the same can apply for perfume, hairspray, lotions and makeup products.
Silver is a living material, even if it is surface treated. Common chemical reactions can’t be avoided, but if you store your jewelry in a small bag when not in use, the bag can be either plastic or cotton, it will last an eternity and can be handed down through generations. You should also be aware that leather and other materials can accelerate chemical reactions, but most of it can be wiped of with a cloth. Never leave your jewelry hanging in the open, there will be many more impurities in them, and it increases the chance of tarnish and oxidation. Don’t put on your jewelry before you put makeup and do your hair, always put on jewelry as the very last thing you do in the morning or before going out!
Grandma’s secret trick for cleaning of oxidization and tarnish:
Make a small bowl from aluminum foil, add a few spoonfuls of salt and pour boiling water over, put the jewelry in and wait 5-10 minutes, wash them of with clean water and dry them. Now you have clean and lively jewelry again. Don’t put other parts than silver and stone in the water, as leather and other soft materials will get salt spots on them.
You can also buy normal silver clean from your local jeweler or goldsmith, but please clean in mentholated spirits after washing of the cleaner in tap water!
If your gold plating wears of, then you can always go to a goldsmith and get a quote on how much it would cost you to ‘re-plate’ the jewelry, it is not terribly expensive and will make your piece look brand new.
I want you to enjoy your jewelry as long as possible, so take good care of them!!
Big hugs and lots of love