At Shutterfly, we want you to enjoy the most out of your personalized jewelry which is why we want to help you to properly care for your necklaces. Every ounce of effort you put into maintaining your customized necklaces can go a long way in preserving their luster, shine, and appearance. We want your jewelry to keep its like new appearance for years, so you can wear it with pride. Here are some basic care instructions you can use to ensure your Silver Megan Necklace or Gold Katy Necklace looks as new as it did the day you purchased it many years from now.
There is nothing wrong with wearing your jewelry every day. But at some point, that jewelry needs to be cleaned and put to rest so it doesn’t fall tarnish and fall apart. It doesn’t matter if your jewelry is made of solid gold, silver, or gold-plated and silver-plated, it still needs to be treated with care.
It’s not uncommon to put on jewelry before you’ve finished getting ready for the day. But the chemicals in many of your lotions, cosmetics, fragrances, and hair products can damage your custom jewelry. The chemicals they contain can make any jewelry rust, tarnish, and turn colors. To prevent that from happening, you should put on your jewelry after you have finished getting ready to reduce the amount of chemicals they are exposed to.
If you plan to do a little cleaning before heading out, avoid putting on your jewelry until after you’ve finished the task. Even if you don’t intend to spray any chemicals near yourself while cleaning, they can still disperse throughout the air and get on your beautiful jewelry. Many cleaning solvents have very harsh ingredients that can destroy the shine and finish off any kind of jewelry. Keep your jewelry put away until you are done. Make sure you take a quick shower if you have the time before putting your jewelry on to be safe. Avoid wearing your jewelry in the bath or shower. You want to avoid exposing it to your soaps and shampoos, because they can also cause damage to your jewelry. The film they leave behind can dull your jewelry giving it a lackluster and dingy looking appearance.
Wearing jewelry while playing sports, swimming, or exercising is a big no-no. Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to look good and accessorize your exercise outfits with your favorite jewelry, you don’t want to expose them to sweat, chlorine, and any other chemicals or substances you may come in contact with. Your personalized jewelry is precious and deserves to be treated as such. High impact activities can damage your jewelry. Chemicals from the pool and your sweat can cause discoloration.
Storing Your Jewelry
When not wearing your Shutterfly personalized jewelry, keep it somewhere safe and out of the way. Make sure you keep it neat and organized so it will withstand the test of time and hold up well. Your jewelry should be stored in a place where it is not exposed to light, air, and movement. Try to keep your jewelry in a jewelry box or a container that is lined with a soft fabric like felt or cotton. You may also want to invest into some tarnish resistant strips to place inside with your jewelry box to prevent oxidants from damaging it.
Cleaning Your Personalized Necklaces
The more effort you put into caring for your jewelry, the less you will have to worry about tarnish and damage. To prevent tarnish from occurring, invest in a good soft cleaning cloth that is to be used only on your jewelry. Wipe down your jewelry at the end of every day to remove oils, smudges, fingerprints, and other substances.
Every week, clean your jewelry with a gentle cleansing solution. There are cleaning products that are made specifically for jewelry that you can purchase, but you need to make sure they are suitable for use on plated metals, or you can make your own. All you need to do is place a ½ cup of warm water into a small container, add a few drops of mild dish detergent, and soak your jewelry in the solution for no more than three minutes. After you remove your jewelry from the cleaning solution, rinse it with warm water and use a soft cloth to dry it completely.
Caring for your Shutterfly necklaces is easy. With the right approach, you can preserve its pristine condition and enjoy it for many years to come.