We only use solid sterling silver and gold metals. There is no plating or coating that we use so you never have to worry about cleaning the 'colour' off of your silver or gold pieces provided by Draw the Line Jewelry.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR JEWELRY
- Do not wear it into the shower, tub or pools. Natural hot springs in particular can discolour your jewelry. This does not ruin your jewelry, but it will impact the way it looks.
- When not wearing your jewelry keep it stored in a dark cool place such as your jewelry box or in a drawer. Sunlight, moisture and exposure to air will quicken tarnishing on sterling silver jewelry in particular. Gold jewelry doesn't tarnish the same way as silver but it can discolour.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY STERLING SILVER and/or GOLD JEWELLERY?
First of all, as stated above, when you are not wearing it store in a dry, cool & dark place like a box or plastic bag to slow down the process of oxidation (aka tarnishing).
To clean brushed silver surfaces you can use green scotch-brite pads or fine steel wool and soapy water (DO NOT USE Oxi-cleaners). Scrub in one direction to maintain brushed look. Rinse.
To clean silver chains, high polished or jewellery with purposely colored/blackened areas use a jewellery polishing cloth to buff and shine. or scrub with a soft toothbrush and soapy water or gel toothpaste. Rinse. Repeat if necessary.
OR [this is the Best Method but do not use on jewellery with purposely colored/blackened areas] :
1. Line a bowl with aluminum foil or use an aluminum tray.
2. Fill 3/4 with boiling water from kettle or hot tap water.
3. Add silver jewellery.
4. Add 2 - 4 heaping tablespoons of baking soda and watch it FIZZ - it's like magic! If needed keep adding baking soda until solution stops fizzing.
5. Let stand for 2 minutes or until fizzing has stopped.
6. If your jewellery still appears tarnished repeat steps 4 & 5 in the same tray of water (this can be repeated 3 or 4 times).
7. Remove & Rinse. Repeat as needed.
Voila! Sparkly clean!* *This is most effective when jewellery is just dulled and starting to tarnish. If jewellery is badly tarnished you may have to repeat this 5+ times, but it will work!