CLEANING & CARE
How to care for your Sugati Jewelry
Over time the natural oils from your skin, air-born contaminants, moisture, and corrosion will tarnish the shine and luster of your jewelry. There are a few simple cleaning and caring tips which can drastically improve the condition of your favorite pieces. For Jewel cleaning, different metals and stones require different cleaning techniques. So please ensure you are following the relevant instructions. If your silver jewelry contains softer, porous gemstones you should follow the cleaning instructions for the gemstones and not the metal. These gemstones are quite sensitive and can be damaged easily. Before you start cleaning, check the setting of your jewelry to ensure it is secure and well-fastened. If you begin scrubbing a loose stone you may damage or even lose a piece. Remove any dust from both the jewelry and cleaning clothes. The dust may cause light scratching during the cleaning process. If you don’t own a jewelry cloth, use a cotton or flannel cloth and shake it well to remove loose dust.
Silver Jewelry Cleaning
There are two ways to easily remove the buildup of tarnish from your silver jewelry. If you live in a humid climate your silver jewelry will tarnish quickly and you’ll need to clean it quite regularly. You are suggested to buy a silver dip solution that works by creating a chemical reaction that removes tarnish. It is a great choice for cleaning silver chains which are difficult to clean by hand. You must not under any circumstances place any type of gemstones in the solution. It may permanently damage the stone. Firstly find a bowl or large cup and line the sides with aluminum foil. Next place your jewelry inside the lined cup or bowl. Cover the jewelry with a small amount of baking soda, just enough so you can barely see the jewelry. Next, pour hot water over the jewelry and wait for the bubbling to stop. After the solution has stopped bubbling, rinse and buff the silver jewelry dry with your cloth. You may need to repeat the process up to 5-6 times for badly tarnished pieces. Please also be careful to keep yourself away from any fumes and ensure the room is well-ventilated before starting. To clean silver jewelry that contains gemstones create a solution of mild detergent and warm water. Now gently buff small sections of the jewelry taking care not to touch the gemstone. Rinse and dry to complete the process. If the jewelry is heavily tarnished or still requires cleaning, you may require a specialized silver cleaning paste or professional cleaning. Keep in mind that the harsher the cleaner, the more likely your jewelry will be damaged.
Gemstones Jewel Cleaning
The majority of gemstones are best cleaned using the same method as Pearls. You may also use a soft toothbrush on hard gemstones to gently scrub away additional grime. You should avoid soaking porous (softer opaque) gemstones instead just wet another cotton or jewelry cloth and clean the gemstone. It’s important to dry the gemstone completely to remove any remaining chemicals from the cleaning process. Ultrasonic cleaners will work well for harder gemstones but may cause cracking on softer gemstones, for this reason, we suggest taking your jewelry to a professional for heavier cleaning.
Apply makeup and perfume before putting on your jewelry. The chemicals will damage sensitive gemstones (like pearls) and tarnish metals like silver. ~ Remove jewelry when cleaning. Ammonia, detergents, and other household chemicals will damage jewelry. ~ Do not shower with your jewelry on for the same reasons as the above point. In addition to damage from chemicals, any jewelry which falls off (soap will loosen rings) might go down the drain! ~ Do not swim at the beach or swimming pool with jewelry on. Chlorine and salt will damage your gemstones and metals. ~ Gold and silver are soft metals and will bend easily. Avoid doing anything strenuous with gold and silver jewelry on.