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How to Clean your Jewelry

Caring for your jewelry is an important process of making your pieces last. We know that purchases are more than just impulses, they are investments. That’s why we recommend the following ways to clean and protect your jewelry. 

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR JEWLERY

BRASS

Some of our collections contain brass. We even sourced some of this brass from artisans in Ethiopia—meticulously curating each item from the market in Addis Ababa. But if you’ve worn brass jewelry before then you know that the color can change throughout its lifetime. While some people prefer the darker look brass can have, others prefer the brighter look it has when first purchased. If you want to restore your brass to a brighter sheen we suggest the following:

  1. Use mild soap and water. Put soap on a damp cloth and gently rub the brass (be careful not to rub the paper beads)
  2. Another option is to use a vinegar and flour paste -- a teaspoon of salt, half a cup of vinegar, and some flour. Rub on the brass, leave on for 15 minutes, and then rub off. 
brass jewelry

GOLD-FILLED:

The best way to care for your gold-filled jewelry is with a simple jewelry cloth. Excessive rubbing and use of water, soap, or chemicals can create more harm to the gold and even cause tarnishing. 


Our suggestion: This polishing cloth


note: only a few of our items are gold-filled, you can find the information about your piece on our website, but if you find your product is no longer there, please contact us for info!

gold-filled jewelry

GOLD-PLATED & KC GOLD PLATED: DO NOT USE A POLISHING CLOTH


Polishing cloths can actually strip away the plating, instead, you’ll want to treat it more like our brass pieces. Our gold-plated items range from stainless steel to brass to iron. So it’s best to treat them with care using mild dish soap and lukewarm water. You can also use a gentle toothbrush to really clean it. Just be careful not to get the paper beads wet.


note: most of our items are gold-plated, you can always find the information about your piece on our website. The only item that is KC gold-plated iron is our Chunky Chain Necklace.

gold-plated jewelry

 

PAPER BEADS:


While every paper bead is dipped in varnish to seal the edges it is by no means waterproof. You will need to take extra care of the bead when polishing the gold or silver with water and soap. However if you find there is a spot on your bead, it can sometimes be removed with a gentle microfiber towel and a lightly damp cloth. 

paper bead jewelry

 

BEST PRACTICES TO KEEP YOUR JEWELRY LOOKING ITS BEST:

  1. Don’t wear your jewelry while swimming, working out, or showering. Even gold-filled jewelry will begin to tarnish when exposed to chemicals like chlorine or sweat.

  2. If you live in a humid environment, consider keeping your jewelry in an airtight container or bag. You can also purchase these tarnish strips from Amazon, they work wonders when storing your jewelry.

  3. Remember that chemicals like lotions, perfume, hairspray, etc. can cause all jewelry to tarnish faster. 
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