Here at Tesoros we want you to enjoy your pieces forever! Some materials require maintenance to keep them looking like the day you bought them. Following these simple tips will help you do just that.
Oh, if you have lots of pieces that need cleaning, separate them into groups that require the same treatments. As you clean them, stay in the moment. Follow every movement, stroke, action; every scent and visual and you will bring your mind and body together. Focus on the task and nothing else. It is very Zen.
According to Reader’s Digest, Sterling Silver may be cleaned with regular household items you have at home! You can try one of these out or use the Silver polishing cloth I include with the purchase of Sterling Silver pieces. Your Tesoros’ sterling silver piece will also be packaged in a plastic zip lock bag that will contain a 3M anti-tarnish strip. When not worn, store your piece in this bag. If you like, silver solutions may also be found in many establishments.
- Aluminum foil: Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it’s very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs. Magic!
- Laundry detergent: To make your jewelry sparkle, line a medium-sized bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water. Mix in one tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent, then soak your silver for one minute. Rinse with clean water, and air-dry.
- Hand sanitizer: Hand sanitizer not only fights germs, but it’s a great silver polish. Squirt a few drops on a soft cloth and rub away the tarnish.
- Window cleaner: Spray window cleaner on a rag or toothbrush, and use it to gently scrub your sterling silver. You should be able to restore your silver to its original shiny state.
Sterling Silver Plating
Mix equal parts baking soda and water to form a thick paste. Apply the paste onto your silver-plated jewelry and let sit for an hour. Gently, scrub the jewelry using an old toothbrush and the paste. Rinse the paste off completely, and let dry. Place a sheet of aluminum foil in a shallow plastic or glass bowl. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. of baking soda and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt onto the foil. Put your silver-plated jewelry on top of the foil. Pour hot water into the bowl, on top of the jewelry. Cover the bowl and wait 5 minutes. Remove the cover and take out your jewelry. The foil, baking soda and salt (which must be dissolved by the hot water) creates a reaction that removes the tarnish from the silver.
For Stainless Steel pieces, fill two small bowls with warm water; one for washing, one for rinsing it. Add 2 to 3 drops of mild dish soap into one of the bowls. Dip the corner of a soft, non-abrasive cloth into the soapy water. Rub the cloth along the jewelry. Go along the grain, not across it so it won’t scratch. In detailed areas, use a soft bristled toothbrush with gentle pressure. Rinse your jewelry in the second bowl with clean water. Then dry once there is no soap residue.
Base Metals and/or Alloys
First and foremost, it’s best to avoid moist or wet conditions, and when not in use, store in an airtight container. Once again, toothpaste! To clean a piece, work the paste into a lather and then apply directly to the piece. Use your fingers and a soft toothbrush to get into grooves, or to scrub more stubborn tarnish. If you have left the piece stained for too long, the metal may not clean. It is best to care for it from the start.
Once it is clean, rinse and dry.
Dip your Copper piece in a bowl with a mixture of lemon juice & salt. Leave it in for about 30-60 seconds. Take it out and rinse and dry. I have also experimented with silver cleaning solutions. Real copper will clean wonderfully in this solution. All it takes is 10 seconds. Rinse and dry.
*Most of the metals Tesoros uses are precious. However, some alloys may be used for minor areas. These will be plated, so follow directions for plating and always keep dry.
Also, remember to keep all pieces away from water and air exposure when not wearing. Put on perfumes, creams, and lotions before putting on any type of jewelry. Always wipe off your pieces with a soft cloth when you take them off.