Sara Golden Jewelry

Jewelry Care

Taking care of your sterling silver

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Sterling silver is a classic metal, and a matte finish makes it feel well-worn and well-loved. I’ve been using it more and more lately (have you spotted it in the Starscape Collection?), and love that solid, un-plated sterling silver is pretty easy to keep clean, too. 

Looking to freshen up your silver jewelry? Try these tips:

  1. If it has a matte finish, lightly polish it with fine steel wool using circular motions. The steel wool mimics that matte finish while removing tarnish.

  2. If it has a shiny finish, use a polishing cloth (my personal favorite is this Sunshine cloth). Stones don’t like polishing cloths, though, so cover them up with your finger while you use the cloth.

  3. To get into nooks and crannies, scrub it with a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Always be sure to dry it well, because any wet spots will leave splotches.

  4. Take off your jewelry before doing any household cleaning. Those chemicals can quickly tarnish the metal and harm any stones.

  5. Wear it often. The natural chemicals in your skin actually help to keep it cleaner than when it’s stowed away.

Some pieces in the shop are plated sterling silver, so be sure you know the difference before you start scrubbing! Any questions? Shoot me an email (sara@saragolden.com), I’d be happy to chat more!

Caring for Your Opals

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Opal, October’s birthstone, has been mesmerizing people for thousands of years with its bright flashes of rainbow colors. It’s said to be a stone of prophecy, and symbolizes hope and truth. While beautiful, they are a little sensitive and require some extra care:

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They’re porous and will absorb liquids they come across. Avoid cleaning with any chemicals, but instead with room temperature water, mild dish soap, and a soft cloth or brush. Don’t let opals sit in water, and take them off before exercising or showering. 

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They’re sensitive to extreme temperatures and humidity (kind of like your skin), so avoid spending too much time right next to fireplaces or outside on especially cold days while wearing them. 

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They’re relatively soft, too, so store them in a soft dust bag or plastic baggie so they don’t scratch against your other jewelry. 


But don’t be intimidated! Just keep in mind that they need a slightly delicate touch, and you’ll be able to enjoy your opal jewelry for even longer. Looking for an opal of your own? Try the Birthstone Star Necklace with opal.

PERFUME AND JEWELRY

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I can’t live without perfume, but the chemicals in it can cause jewelry to tarnish faster than usual. Disaster! Here are some tips to prevent that from happening:

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Put on your jewelry on after you’ve put on perfume, once it’s had a chance to dry. That’s especially true for anything with pearls — they’re especially sensitive and eagerly absorb any chemicals they rub up against.

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If you wear necklaces a lot, you might want to avoid perfume at the base of your neck where they’ll come into contact. Instead, spray a brush with perfume before combing. Don’t apply perfume directly to your hair, it tends to dry hair out.

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Instead of applying perfume to your wrists where bracelets and watches are, try applying it to the inside of your elbow. Because it’s a pulse point just like your wrists, your body naturally amplifies the scent of perfume there.

Go forth and smell amazing.