Jewelry and Pewter Care
We offer these tips for the care of your Fine Jewelry and Pewter products. All jewelry requires regular care, and Pewter may from time to time as well. This is due simply to time and oxidation of the surface, as well as oils from our skin during wear, handling, dust, etc.
For our discussion below, a “clean, dry, soft cloth” refers to an old t-shirt or face cloth. “Commercial Polishing Cloth” refers to a cloth with two parts sewn together. One cloth has a cleaner, the other for polishing after using the cleaner. Usually, they are different colors. “Commercial Polishing Cream” refers to a cream cleaner made for Sterling Silver, Gold or a specific metal. With all of these products, be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations.
Sterling Silver is very hardy, but still requires care to maintain its luster and shine.
After each wear, polish with a clean, dry soft cloth. If you notice your piece is starting to look dull or discolored, give it a polish with a Commercial Polishing Cloth for Sterling Silver. This is the easiest way to clean in our opinion. Alternatively, you can use a Commercial Polishing Cream for Sterling Silver, although this is a little more labor intensive.
Follow the same recommendations given above. However, use Commercial Polishing Cloths or Commercial Creams made for use with Gold Jewelry.
SILVER AND GOLD PLATE
Realize that plate is just that, a coating of Silver or Gold over a base metal. Therefore, it costs less and requires greater care.
AFTER EACH WEAR, polish with a clean dry, soft cloth. With Plated Jewelry, it is more critical to do this after each wear to remove oils from the skin. Left remaining, these oils will build-up and eventually lead to tarnish which will be difficult to remove. For Gold Plate, the use of Commercial Polishing Cloths or Creams, is not recommended as this can remove the plating. Silver Plate may take a very light cleaning with a Commercial Polishing Cloth, but use it very sparingly and only for tough tarnish. It is worth repeating that to preserve your plated jewelry, polish with a clean, dry, soft cloth after each wear.
Pewter Jewelry is known for developing a “Patina” or dark color over time. This can happen with any jewelry, but the word “Patina” is often associated with Pewter. Some think it gives the piece an “antique-ish” appearance and is desirable. If this is the look wish, than do little to nothing in terms of cleaning.
Otherwise, follow the steps above for Sterling Silver Jewelry, polish with a clean, dry, soft cloth after each wear, followed by regular cleaning with a Commercial Polishing Cloth. Polished Pewter will maintain a shine indefinitely if you clean it regularly. We have pieces in our possession that are very old and they still maintain a lovely shine.
Bronze is much like Pewter, so again polish with a clean, dry, soft cloth after each wear. You can also use Natural Bees Wax to give it a polish and shine. A Commercial Polishing Cloth used sparingly can also be used, or a Brass Cleaner. Commercial Polishing Cream is not recommended as it can cause a reaction which may damage the metal.
The easiest way to clean your Pewter piece, is to use a Commercial Polishing Cloth for Sterling Silver. Gently wipe in straight lines, never clean with a circular motion. Use the cleaning cloth first, followed by the polishing cloth.
You may also use a mixture of liquid dish soap and hot water (about a teaspoon of dish soap to a gallon of water). The slimy nature of dish soap offers protection between the cloth and metal so as not to scratch the Pewter. Gently wash with a soft, fluffy cloth. Gently wipe in straight lines, never clean with a circular motion. Rinse in hot water and let air dry. Or gently pat with a soft, fluffy cloth or towel to remove water spots.
If your pewter piece is a drinking vessel, always wash in warm soapy water as described above before using. NEVER place in a dishwasher.