For the long life of all your jewels and silk products
Silk&Silver Jewelry silver products are manufactured with sterling silver. The oxidation typical to silver may be cleaned off with a jewelry polishing cloth. After cleaning your piece of jewelry with a polishing cloth, you should wash the piece in mild soap water so that the detergent from the cloth does not stain any of the clothing you wear. We do not recommend silver polish liquids for any of our silver jewelry.
Our Silk&Silver silver spoon's bowl parts are made of 995K fine silver and the handle parts are made of 925K silver.
The main cause of oxidation is humidity. 7.5% copper alloy in 925K silver makes it harder and accelerates its tarnish. However, you can eliminate the tarnishing problem with the cleaning suggestions that you will get used to.
Make sure that the detergent you will use for cleaning does not contain granules that may cause abrasion. It is best to scrub with your hand or gently clean with a soft, non-scratching cloth or sponge. Don't clean it with the scraper part on the backside of the sponge or wire cleaners. These materials scratch the silver. The most important thing is to dry it immediately after washing and keeping it in a moisture-free environment. The cloths you use to dry may be fine-textured cotton, glass cleaning cloth or micro fiber cloth. You can use it safely and healthily at every meal.
Silk&Silver Jewelry gold products can be cleaned with special cleaning agents for gold, available in jewelry shops.
Gold plated jewelry requires a little bit more care so that the plating does not get damaged by strokes, detergent etc.
To make it last long, it's very important that you keep it dry. Never bathe or spray perfume on your jewelry. (never keep your jewelry in the bathroom) chemical reactions with chlorine and other elements such as perspiration can lead to tarnishing. Over time, the gold plating will start to wear. This is the normal wear and tear process and is not a result of a manufacturing defect.
Keep it dry! Apply makeup, hairspray or any type of lotion before putting on your jewelry, they may contain chemicals that may damage your jewelry overtime.
For extra care, after each wear gently wipe each piece of jewelry clean of make up and skin oils with a jewelry polishing cloth.
Store jewelry separately so it doesn't scratch other jewelry... the best way is to seal and store in an air-tight plastic baggie to prevent tarnishing. We include one with all our chain necklaces.
Never use abrasives, chemicals or products to clean your jewelry. Any alcohol based products can tarnish gold and silver plating irreparably.
Always last on, first off.
Correct care will insure that you silk products will last for years without losing their quality. A few important rules need to be observed as silk is a natural fiber and cannot be treated as debonair as e.g. synthetic fiber.
Please pay special attention to the following instructions:
Never spray silk with perfume or deodorant
Never bleach silk
Never expose silk to direct sunlight for longer periods of time
Don't spray silk with water while ironing
Don't treat individual stains with water
Always iron the backside only
Never wring dry
In contrast to the widespread opinion that silk can only be dry cleaned, silk products can be washed by hand without being damaged.
Use a mild soap or specially formulated silk shampoos
Soak silk in lukewarm water for 3-5 minutes. (If silk is dark or printed, do not let it soak. Just quickly wash it in cold water.)
Gently move the fabric during soaking from side to side. (Do not wring dry) Handle wet silk with even greater care as it is very delicate.
After a maximum of 5 minutes remove silk from water and rinse the fabric with cold water adding a tea spoon of vinegar to completely rid it of the soap.
Wrap silk in a dry towel to remove the remaining liquid. Use several layers when using dark or printed silk.
Roll out the silk and straighten it gently at the corners
Silk should always be ironed from the backside. It should always still be slightly moist. Check your iron's setting. Don't iron silk too hot. Always remember that silk is a protein structure much like human hair. Heat will damage it.
Follow these instructions and you will enjoy your silk products for a very long time.