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Caring for Your Jewelry

Caring for Your Jewelry, We Make it Easy

Your wedding jewellery is important to you, and we want it to always be in perfect condition, so we have taken nearly every step possible to make it easy for you to care for your Andrew Grayson jewelry. Please read through the information and steps below to learn how to care for your jewellery before and after your wedding day.

AndrewGrayson.com Packaging and the Best Cleaning and Storing Practices for Your Jewelry

Upon receiving your custom-made, high-quality jewelry from AndrewGrayson.com, please note the following additional items that have been included in your package that will help you keep your jewelry clean and looking new for generations:

  • Tarnish Causing Agents Removal Strips. Inside each black velvet jewelry box there is a small square of paper that has been specially formulated with chemicals that will absorb tarnish causing elements in the air of the box, keep your jewelry inside safe for about a year. You can transfer the jewelry to your wooden jewelry box at home, just transfer the square sheet as well. Although, in this slightly larger space it will only last about six months, but will protect all your jewelry inside. Additional strips can be purchased from us or any jewelry store if, or when, you need them for very little cost. We like the 3M® and Hagerty® brands of anti-tarnish strips best.
  • Fine Jewelry Polishing Cloth. Located within your package you will find one fine jewellery polishing cloth for each item of jewellery ordered. Use this cloth to remove small amounts of oil from your skin, dirt, makeup, hairspray, etc. If your jewellery is extremely dirty, first wash with warm water and mild dish soap, dry with lint-free towel, and then use the polishing cloth for removing any additional tarnish that may be left on the precious metal. Do not wash the cloth, as the polishing agents will be removed from the cloth upon washing it, and it will no longer work. The polishing cloth will work until dark gray or black in color (you will want to use every white or light gray area up), then it can be tossed out.
  • Polyethylene Plastic Bags and Jeweler's Non-Buffered Tissue Paper. You will notice a zip-lock plastic bag and a piece of jeweler's non-buffered tissue paper (acid-free and of archival quality) for each item of jewellery you order. These are to be used for long-term storage of your jewelry items. You simply wrap each necklace, bracelet, and earrings with the supplied tissue paper and place them into the zip-lock bag with the a Tarnish Causing Agents Removal Strip discussed above. You will want to remove as much air from the bag as you can (without hurting your jewelry) before closing it tight, because the air holds the humidity and chemical agents that can cause damage to your jewelry. Then you can label your jewelry and store it away for safe keeping for up to approximately 20 years.

Other Types of Cleaning

If your jewelry items become severely tarnished or dirty through some accident, you will probably want to take it to a jeweler to have it cleaned professionally, or you can also ship it back to us for a free professional cleaning, although you will need to pay the shipping costs. Below is a table showing other types of cleaning that a professional jeweler may use to clean your jewelry:

    Cleaning Method Description Special Notes
    Polishing & Cleaning Dips There are many, many different polishing and cleaning liquids available for jewelers to choose from, some more powerful and some more mild. You will want to make sure the jeweler is confident the process will not damage the jewelry. Be sure to tell the jeweler the specific traits of the jewelry you purchased. Whether it is 100% Sterling Silver or Gold-Filled/Vermeil. All of our crystals and pearls are Swarovski® of Austria.
    Polishing Pastes Again, there are many types of polishing pastes with different grit types just like sandpaper. A jewelry would use these pastes with a buffing wheel to buff and polish the metal components clean. Tell the jeweler the specific metal you chose when purchasing, whether it was 100% Sterling Silver or Gold-Filled/Vermeil.
    UltraSonic Cleaning Devices These devices use a mild cleaning solution and powerful ultasonic waves to clean your jewelry. It does an especially good job in tight, hard to reach areas polishing cloths and pastes have a hard time getting reaching. See notes for polishing and cleaning dips above.
    Steam Cleaning Jewelers also can use a steam cleaning device for cleaning jewelry of dirt and grime. These machines heat and pressurize water into a powerful steam that blasts your jewelry clean.

Prevention is the Best Form of Jewelry Protection

There are many things that can cause damage to your jewelry and knowing them before hand, and taking a few precautionary measures, can really help protect your jewelry from these everyday hazards. Hazards such as:

  • Hairspray, perfume, lotion, and other beauty care items
  • Salt, salt water, and salty foods
  • Wool and felt (or mainly the fact that these materials easily pull and hold on to some humidity [water] and chemicals from the air)
  • Rubber bands and latex gloves (actually, chemicals in these products are to blame)
  • Oils from your hands and fingers - This is why it is best to rub your jewelry with a polishing cloth after you wear it and put it away for storage.
  • Pool water (actually the chlorine in the water)

Keep your jewelry clean of the items listed above, and stored as mentioned above in the first section, and all will be well with your jewelry for now and for generations to come.

 

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