Jewelry is delicate by nature, so please be gentle and care for your jewelry properly. When you’re not enjoying the daily wear of a piece, storage is important. Metal doesn’t play well with moisture, therefore using plastic baggies or anti-tarnish bags (or tabs) are the best methods. Avoid chlorinated pools at all times; the chemicals will change the color of your jewelry. When it comes to bathing, beaching, exercising, applying perfume and lotion, or sleeping in your jewelry, best practices are to remove your jewelry prior. However, in reality it is very difficult to follow that regimen routinely, so here is the true KEY: Always keep your jewelry clean and dry! When in doubt, after any of the above, rinse with warm water and soap and pat dry.
Routine cleaning and upkeep ensures your jewelry remains beautiful and like-new! Follow these environmentally friendly cleaning guidelines to keep your Jen Leddy Studios jewelry looking gorgeous:
In a heat-resistant bowl lined with aluminum foil, place jewelry loosely and distributed evenly.
Sprinkle a thin coat of baking soda to cover pieces completely.
Pour hot (not quite boiling) water into bowl, just enough to submerge the jewelry (it’s not much!). This will initiate a bubbling chemical reaction that breaks away dirt and tarnish.
Agitate the bowl for a least a minute. This ensures the reaction reaches all nooks and crannies!
Let soak several minutes. Rinse with warm water and dish soap (Dawn), pat entirely dry, and store in plastic baggy – or wear as usual!
*Remember to always use your drain catch when washing in the sink, so you don’t lose your jewels down the pipes!
*If still not bright and shiny, you can repeat the above cleaning process as necessary. Or, use a dime-sized portion of baking in your palm with a couple drops of water to create a liquid paste, and gently rub onto jewelry. Or, use a clean, soft toothbrush with the baking soda or Dawn soap and gently scrub. Wash, rinse, and pat dry.
*Caution with jewelry by other designers – follow their respective cleaning procedures. Take care with turquoise and pearl.