We recommend you follow a few cautionary guidelines to ensure the longevity and beauty of your Luna Daze jewelry. When properly maintained, your jewelry will last a lifetime! Here are some explanations of various metals we use, along with tips on how to care for, clean and prevent tarnishing for each type.
- What is 925 Sterling Silver?
- It is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for durable jewelry, so it is almost ALWAYS alloyed with copper to make it stronger.
- Any sterling silver exposed to air will naturally tarnish over time and will require cleaning to restore shine.
- Why does silver tarnish?
- Tarnishing does not mean that the silver is low purity!
- The copper and other metals added to sterling silver jewelry, cause inevitable tarnishing over time.
- The metals added react to moisture and sulfur in the air, which can lead to tarnish.
- Other factors that may speed up the tarnishing process are: High humidity and air pollution, your skins ph balance (that can alter from stress, diet, and/or medications), contact with perfumes, soaps, lotions and other chemicals (such as cleaning products, bleaches and chlorine).
- How do I prevent tarnish?
- Avoid direct contact with perfumes, soaps, lotions and/or other chemicals such as cleaning products, bleaches and chlorine.
- Remove your jewelry before any activity involving moisture or excessive sweat such as showering, swimming, extensive traveling or exercising.
- Store your jewelry in an airtight environment and proper case when it is not regularly worn.
- How do I clean my silver or repair it from tarnish?
- Using a silver polishing cloth every once in a while will quickly restore shine to your jewelry. You can find these on our store called "Polishing Cloth"
- Soak the mildly tarnished piece in a DIY homemade solution (1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda) for 2-3 hours. Then rinse and dry.
- You can use our jewelry cleaner (safe for gold, palladium, platinum, sterling silver, stainless steel, titanium, CZ diamonds, pearls, beads, stones) available on our website called "Jewelry Anti-Tarnish Cleaning Kit." Simply shake, put solution on towel, wipe jewelry with it, let it remain for a few minutes, then wipe off with dry towel.
- Heavily tarnished items may require a commercial silver dip solution, however these are not suitable for any jewelry with any sort of metal plating, oxidized silver or gemstones.
GEMSTONES & CRYSTALS
- How to care for my gemstone jewelry?
- Like Sterling Silver, natural gemstones require some cautionary care to ensure longevity.
- Store gemstones away from heat and direct sunlight.
- Avoid direct contact with perfumes, soaps, lotions and other chemicals.
- Remove your jewelry before showering, swimming, extensive travels or exercising.
- Store gemstones and crystal jewelry separately from others to avoid bending or scratching.
SURGICAL/ STAINLESS STEEL
- What is Surgical or Stainless Steel?
- It is the most common metal used for body jewelry such as piercings. 316L or 316LVM are the only grades of stainless steel that are safely approved for wearing in healed piercings.
- How do I care for Stainless Steel?
- Luckily, these kinds of jewelry don't require extra special care since they will not tarnish.
- Stainless Steel can still be scratched. Simply avoid contact with other items and store them separately to avoid scratching or denting.
- Surgical stainless steel can be cleaned using a soft cloth, warm water and a mild detergent. After cleaning, rinse with clean water, pat dry, and leave to air dry.