How to care for your jewelry
Delight recommends you follow these guidelines in order to keep all your jewelry looking great for years to come.
General tips for ALL jewelry
- Clean your jewelry as instructed by the manufacturer. Different types of metals and materials (such as gold, silver, pearl and imitation jewelry) require different methods and materials for cleaning.
- Clean your jewelry as often as necessary, preferably after each use and before storing the jewels.
- To prevent scratches, store each piece of jewelry on its own in velvet or cotton pauch.
- To prevent tarnish, store separately in zip-lock plastic bag.
- When travelling, add bubble wrap or a soft cloth with your jewelry to prevent them from moving inside the box and getting scratched.
- DON’T wear your jewelry when you are
- If you have any questions, write us and ask for advice. We are here for you.
Sterling Silver Jewelry Care
Why does sterling silver jewelry tarnish?
Sterling silver will tarnish (becomes darker) when it reacts with sulfur in the air. This is 100% natural process and all Sterling silver jewelry will tarnish with time.
Tarnish is not damage. You can prevent tarnish and keep your sterling silver jewelry bright and beautiful for many years by wearing, cleaning and storing your Sterling Silver jewelry as described in this section.
How to clean sterling silver jewelry:
- To avoid tarnish, wear the jewelry often and clean them regularly before storage.
- Clean your sterling silver jewelry with the silver cleaning cloth shipped with your purchase. You can also purchase a professional cloth dedicated to cleaning Sterling Silver.
- Sterling Silver is a very soft metal. To clean areas you cannot clean with a cloth use a soft-bristle toothbrush dipped in one cup of warm water and a few drops of non-phosphorous dish soap. Rinse well and pat dry with a non-abrasive soft cloth.
- DON’T use any cleaning or polishing products which are not specifically intended for cleaning sterling silver.
- NEVER use any of the following materials on Sterling Silver jewelry: Scotch Brite, steel wool, toothpaste, vinegar, baking soda, liquid cleaners.
- NEVER dip the jewelry in any cleaning solutions, even if they were intended for sterling silver.
Remember: our Warranty will instantly expire if you clean or polish Sterling Silver jewelry purchased from Delight otherwise than described above. To avoid disappointments and heartbreaks please contact us BEFORE doing anything against our guidelines.
How to store sterling silver jewelry
- Store the jewelry in a dedicated box or container that locks out air.
- Keep each jewelry in separate bags so they don’t scratch. Airtight zip-lock bags are a great option because they prevent tarnish and you can see the jewel.
- Always keep your jewelry away from children, pets or anyone who can get hurt by them.
- DON’T leave jewelry lying in direct sunlight and don’t store your silver jewelry together with newspaper, wood, or rubber, as these materials can increase the tarnishing.
How to prevent tarnish
Some materials absorb the chemical residues in the air that cause tarnish. Keeping some of these materials in your jewelry box, container or drawer together with your silver jewelry will help prevent tarnish.
We mostly recommend anti-tarnish strips and anti-tarnish cloths, commercially available at many department stores.
Some say that silica packs also work well. You can find these little packs in shoe-boxes, with electronics, and in medicine bottles.
- Clean your gold jewelry when it’s visibly dirty or losing its shine.
- If you have not cleaned your gold jewelry for a while, start by soaking it in warm water for 2-3 hours.
- Clean your jewelry with a solution of 5-parts warm water and 1-part mild dish soap. Rinse well and pat dry with a non-abrasive cloth.
- To add extra shine, polish the jewelry with a polishing cloth dedicated to gold. Avoid using tissue or a paper towel as these can scratch your jewelry.
- BEWARE: Chlorine is particularly bad for gold jewelry and may eventually lead to your jewelry braking. Always take off your gold jewelry before getting in a swimming pool or spa.
Pearls are an organic gem created by living creatures. To maintain their luster, minimize their exposure to acids and other chemicals.
Acid can come in the form of sweat, perfume, hairspray, fruit juice, and many other substances.
- Always put on pearls after putting on makeup, perfume or hairspray.
- Make it a habit to wipe your pearls with a damp, soft cloth after every time you wear them.
- Never store your pearls in an airtight location such as a zip lock bag.
- Do not submerge pearl strands in water or wear them while swimming or showering. Water may weaken the silk thread.
- Avoid keeping your pearls in direct sunlight or high temperatures.