Care instructions for jewelry- Love and Care
Care and Cleaning your silver jewelry
Silver is a very resistant material and will last a lifetime! Your jewelry will age together with you. Scratches may occur, but no worries, they level out and form a beautiful patinated surface. The more you use your silver jewelry, the more beautiful it gets.
Silver discolor and that is due to sulfur that exists around us, in the air but also on the skin. When the silver is discolored, it is called oxidation. The best protection against oxidation is to use your silver jewelry often.
Generally, you should avoid products with bleach and chlorine, those can harm your silver badly. But a dip in the pool and in the sea will not damage your silver jewelry, but be careful so you don't lose your jewelry in the water, it can be hard to find, and also be careful so you don't scratch your jewelry against stones.
We recommend that you store your MoM of Sweden jewelry in the box, separated from other jewelry, otherwise they can scratch one another. In the box from MoM of Sweden, there is a polishing cloth for protection and cleaning.
To prolong the life of your silver jewelry, and to keep it beautiful, we recommend you to polish and do some caring once in a while. Below we have listed some sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to care for your silver jewelry and we have picked products you regularly have at home, all to make it easy.
How do I clean my silver jewelry?
Things you have at home
Eco-friendly, fast and affordable cleaning of sterling silver, with products you have at home!
Baking powder and tin foil
- Add a sheet of aluminum- a tin foil in a bowl, with the shiny side up.
- Put the jewelry on top of the tin foil.
- Add one tablespoon of baking soda per silver jewelry.
- Add boiling water, you will notice some bubbling and a rotten-egg smell as the sulphuric gases released in the cleaning process.
- Move the jewelry around with a wooden or plastic utensil so all surfaces come in contact with the foil. Do not use a metal utensil as it can discolor or scratch. You will notice the jewelry becoming bright again. Sometimes it needs to soak for 10 minutes.
- Rinse the jewelry in tap water (put a sieve in the drain so you don’t lose anything).
- Polish with a soft cloth or paper so it does not scratch your jewelry, or use the cloth that came with your MoM of Sweden jewelry.
NOTE. Do not use baking soda to clean jewelry with an induced oxidized surface or parts, such as the black bottom of the Edge. The oxidization will be damaged or disappear! Also, be careful with jewelry with stones. Try instead the below method with dish soap.
Dish soap- dish detergent
You can also use dish detergent for quick cleaning, dish soap is perfect for silver jewelry that is oxidized or jewelry with stones. Rub your silver jewelry with an old toothbrush and detergent, rinse underwater. Use a soft cloth to do some light polishing.
Toothpaste is commonly used to polish jewelry. It does work on tarnish, but toothpaste can contain abrasives, so it can damage smooth shiny surfaces of jewelry. Try on a small piece if you are not sure. Brush clean with an old toothbrush.
The acidic substances in ketchup react with the tarnish and eliminate it. Pour a small amount on a clean smooth cloth and rub the silver with it. Use extra effort where the piece is very tarnished. Then rinse the silver in water, and polish with the polishing cloth.
Commercial cleaners for silver jewelry
If necessary, buy a commercial silver-cleaning product in a specialty shop, e.g., a jewelry store. read the instructions carefully.
Love and Care for Leather
Leather does not like too much water. Washing your hands is fine, but avoid showers and baths with the leather bracelet on. Sometimes the leather wants a little extra care. You are best doing this by greasing the leather with leather fat or leather balm. Be sure that the products do not contain any chemicals or minerals as they tear out the stitches.