At CHARLES DARIUS our jewelry is crafted to last a lifetime, however with normal wear proper care is required. As a result we've created this Jewelry Care Guide to direct you in the proper care of your jewelry. We hope that you'll find these guidelines helpful.
What is genuine sterling silver?
Pure silver is soft, very malleable, and easily damaged.
For pieces that will last a lifetime and become a family heirloom, we use sterling silver, which consists of 92.5 percent silver and 7.5 percent copper. Generations of experimentation by silversmiths have shown copper to be the best companion metal as it improves the silver's hardness and durability without affecting its beautiful color while has very little effect on the metal's value.
The price of sterling silver jewelry is influenced most by the labor involved in making the item, the skill of the craftsperson, and the intricacy of the design.
Storing your Sterling Silver jewelry:
Oxygen and moisture in the air tarnish your Sterling Silver jewelry, so here are a few tips to minimize this natural phenomenon:
1. Store in an area with low humidity (no bathroom storage)
2. Store each piece in an airtight bag (e.g. Ziploc)
3. Place a packet of silica or piece of chalk in the storage bag
4. Keep clasps/closures unhooked to avoid moisture buildup
A few things to be aware of:
You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often; The natural oils in your skin will actually help protect and clean the silver. However, there are certain activities that can cause your jewelry to lose its luster. You should remove your Sterling Silver jewelry before doing any of the following:
Remove Jewelry During Tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
Put Jewelry On After Applying Makeup – Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting your jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
Don't Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spas – Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
Contact Sports – Hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved.
Remove Your Jewelry Before Bathing – Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.
Use Jewelry Polishing Cloths – Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. You can use a svelte or an old diaper, but the professional cloths are the best. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
Use Warm Water to Clean Jewelry – Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your own jewelry. How water can cause reaction with the cleaning fluids resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.
Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewelry – Never clean any jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
Inspect Your Jewelry Regularly – Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.