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Caring for your jewelry

Each piece of our jewelry is handcrafted and made with so much love. Please keep loving your jewelry so you can enjoy them for a lifetime! 


The majority of our jewelry is made of sterling silver, fine silver and 18 karat gold. These can all be cleaned with the soft cloth you'll receive along with your purchase. If you like, you can also purchase soap nuts with your order for a very gentle and natural cleaning experience, our luxury eco-friendly cleaning kit or a professional polishing cloth.


REGULAR CHECKS


One of the most important, basic things you can do yourself to protect your jewelry and keep it in stellar condition for years, is inspecting it regularly. Before you put on your jewelry, take a few moments to carefully look it over and ensure that nothing is loose or unsteady and that there are no hairline cracks or other issues.


If you notice the beginnings of damage in the first place you can prevent further damage. If one of the prongs of your gemstone or diamond setting seems unsecure or overly worn, avoid wearing the piece until a professional jeweler can check it out. 


Really, just admire your jewelry often to minimize potentially costly repairs and prevent headaches. Notice anything? Send us a photo or send the piece back to us altogether for a touch-up.


General care and storage


Take off your jewelry before doing household chores or gardening to avoid knocking out stones, and it's a good idea to take off your jewelry before applying creams and lotions. Gemstone settings can get clogged up with cream easily. There's a reason ladies get dressed with jewelry last, as a finishing touch!


To avoid tarnishing when you store your jewelry, make sure it is stored airtight, as humidity is an enemy to precious metals. Your bathroom is the most convenient yet the worst possible place for you to store your jewelry. You can use little ziplock bags and store it in your bedroom. 


If humidity is a problem, you can place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a package of silica gel in your jewelry box.


Do make sure you don't store multiple jewelry pieces in the same bag, because individual pieces can scratch each other. Keeping link or chain bracelets unclasped or unhooked will prevent scratching as well. 



1.

Sterling & fine silver

You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often, as the oils on your skin will "clean" the silver and keep it looking shiny. 


In most cases, the metal will still become dull or darken with normal wear. This is because lotions, direct sunlight, soap, detergents, perfume, contact with household chemicals, salt water, chlorine in swimming pools and even perspiration all take their toll on fine jewelry and tend to accelerate tarnishing. 


2.

Oxidized silver

Our oxidized silver jewelry is intended to look darkened, matte and black, so please don't polish it! Ever. Any solution will remove the oxidization patina. 


It's best to keep your oxidized silver jewelry away from any cleaning agents. We recommend a clean cloth and lukewarm water to clean oxidized silver jewelry. 


All oxidized silver jewelry will eventually become "shiny" again, due to normal wear. You can always send it back to us to have it re-oxidized. 


Be mindful not to store your oxidized silver jewelry with your sterling silver jewelry, as the oxidation may tarnish your shiny silver jewelry. Wouldn't want that to happen!


3.

18 karat gold

Gold is not as reactive to air and skin as sterling silver, but still needs to be cleaned occasionally to keep its luster and shine. 


A soft polishing cloth which has been impregnated will help keep your gold shining. The SILBO polishing cloth is our office favourite. Take care to be gentle and not to polish too enthusiastically. Even with the added metals, gold is still very soft and easily scratched. 


You can also gently rub your gold jewelry with soap nut, then rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth. The luxury eco-friendly cleaning kit has everything you need for the full gold jewelry cleaning experience. 


4.

Gemstones

All gemstones and diamonds used by Gardens of the Sun are genuine and natural gemstones. It's simply a matter of knowing what to do and what not to do when taking care of your precious stones.


Gemstones are porous rocks, and some stones easily absorb anything. A gentle wipe with a moist cloth is often enough. 


 Avoid direct contact with water (salt or pool water with chlorine) and chemicals such as bleach, sulfur and detergents will erode the finish and polish of the gems leaving them dull. 


Hairspray, perfume, lotions and excessive perspiration can also cause dullness if not regularly cleaned off. 


Pearls and many softer gemstones can't stand the force of cleaning agents or ultrasonic cleaners.

Regularly wipe your precious stone jewelry with a clean, soft damp cloth after wearing, and take them off when you put on lotions and creams. If creams or lotions at the back of the stone make it look dull, a moist cotton bud can work miracles. Just make sure the metals are dried after. This little habit will ensure that your jewelry always looks its best. The luxury eco-friendly cleaning kit has everything you need to clean your gemstone jewelry. 


When you're not wearing your gemstone jewelry, store in a soft pouch or plastic bag. Please note that pearls and opals should be stored in fabric instead of plastic because they like to "breathe".