Part I: Jewelry Care
The Proper Care and Cleaning of Jewelry
Cleaning your new and vintage jewelry is easy!
In the past I would have given up on tarnished silver or bronze jewelry. Now I see it as “Rusty Gold.” (If you’ve ever watching American Pickers you know what I’m talking about!)
Many of our vintage medals arrive tarnished or carrying a bit too much of their past life with them. But with these quick tricks, we can often breathe new life into these gorgeous old gems. And you have a vintage medal or earrings in your closet, these tricks should work for you too:
Grab a toothbrush and toothpaste. No seriously, the bristles are super gentle and get into tiny spaces. Add a bit of soapy water or toothpaste; the bubbles and gentle cleaning agents help loosen up the debris.
Towel off. Be sure you always dry your jewelry immediately and completely after cleaning.
Buff and Shine. Using a jewelry cloth, clean and polish the medal. If you’re using one of our polishing cloths, the inner, white side is treated with a tarnish removing ingredient. While the outer cloth is a non-abrasive, soft cotton flannel to polish and buff.
“Wax on. Wax off.” Using a soft rag, apply a light coat of Renaissance Wax or similar jewelry protectant (optional). We like to add this step for a bit of longevity in the protection again tarnish.
Wrap it up. Now your jewelry should be sparkly and clean. Items are safe to wear or store for future use. We recommend keeping your items in a tarnish-resistant bag. You can find them in our shop here or elsewhere online.
Feel free to reach out with any questions!