Jewelry Care Guide
Cassiano Designs Jewelry is made with quality materials and is fine in style, and should be handled carefully. We use .925 Sterling Silver, 14k, 18k & 24K Vermeil, and Gold-filled metal to create our jewelry designs. We encourage you to take good care of your jewelry by following the tips below so you will enjoy your jewelry for many years!
- Chlorinated water in swimming pools will 'oxidize' and blacken your jewelry, which can be hard or even impossible to remove, and the cleaning process can alter the finish of your jewelry irreversibly.
- Keep your jewelry away from prolonged contact with water, as well as household chemicals, perfumes and hairsprays.
- Avoid wearing your jewelry while working out, jogging, taking part in strenuous activities, manual labor, and situations, etc.
- Avoid situations where the jewelry can get banged/scraped. Wear with your other jewelry pieces but note that some pieces can be scratched by larger or heavy jewelry.
Sterling Silver tarnishes over time if it is left unprotected and unpolished. It can be polished using a soft dry cloth. The best result is achieved by using an impregnated silver polishing cloth. Sunshine brand polishing cloths can be used to restore the shine of silver, by gently wiping.
Tarnish is the reaction of silver to compounds of sulphur in the air which create silver sulfide and causes the silver to go grey/black. If the silver is left in this condition for years, it may need to be professionally cleaned. If jewelry is stored in a jewelry box it often tarnishes as most boxes are not completely air-tight. It is recommended that once the jewelry is clean, it is stored in a cool, dry place and most importantly in an air-tight grip-seal plastic bag preventing it from reacting with the Sulphur in the air. Each piece of jewelry is best kept in its own bag to prevent the stones from scratching.
We love to recommend a Sterling Silver liquid cleaning solution called Connoisseurs Silver Cleaning Solution. It is specific for Sterling Silver and works fantastic. A quick 10 second dip, rinse with water, dry completely and it is sparkling again! We are not affiliated, nor do we guarantee. Connoisseurs can be found at most Bed, Bath & Beyond stores.
To keep your 14k, 18k, 24k & Gold-filled jewelry sparkling, it can be washed in warm sudsy water and a mild dish-washing liquid. Gently pat dry with a soft towel afterwards. You can use a polishing cloth to restore the shine of gold. Do not use acid based cleaning solutions not manufactured for cleaning gold jewelry, as these products will strip away a thin layer of your gold filled metal, leaving it irreversibly duller.