The spring 2013 fashion season is approaching fast and a major trend is popping up in the jewellery scene – chunky silver settings and turquoise stones – southwestern elements are big in jewellery this spring.
A turquoise necklace may be just thing to get your collection started….
or maybe you’re more of a bracelet kind of girl….
Whatever your thing, you need to know how to look after your new south-western-inspired jewellery – after all, you want to keep it looking as good you do! You may not know that turquoise is a soft, porous stone which requires different cleaning procedures than its frequent partner, silver. Since it is such a soft stone, traditional silver polishes may scratch or damage the stone.
How to Keep your Spring 2013 South-Western Inspired Jewellery Looking as Good as You!
Things You’ll Need:
- Silver polishing cloth
- Gentle dish liquid
- Soft toothbrush
- If your turquoise jewellery contains silver, clean the silver part of jewelry with a dry silver polishing cloth. If your silver polishing cloth is permeated with cleaning agents, do not let it come into contact with the turquoise as it will damage the lustre of the stone.
- Apply a cotton swab with diluted dish liquid to heavily tarnished silver. Remove any dish liquid residue by wiping the silver with a soft, damp cloth (luke-warm tap water only).
- To clean the turquoise, scrub gently with a soft toothbrush and luke-warm tap water. Do not scrub too vigorously. Never soak turquoise in water or jewellery cleaner as it can become unstable due to its porousness.
- Dry the jewellery with a separate, soft, absorbent cloth. Air dry out of direct sunlight for several hours before storing.
Store the clean and dry silver and turquoise jewellery in an air-tight, resealable bag. Place the bag in a jewellery box.