Thursday, January 28, 2010

 Taking care of stainless steel jewelry

Stainless steel jewelry is very attractive for a number of reasons as I stated in the previous post "why stainless steel jewelry?". Now when you read this post, you will find that the ease of caring makes it even more attractive.

1. Avoid harsh scratching
The caring is as simple as trying to avoid harsh scratching. Other possible problems apart from harsh scratching seems to be very minimal as stainless steel doesn't leave stain, doesn't tarnish, doesn't discolor. It resists oxidation, rust, and corrosion. It will not bend or break. ...It also doesn't scratch that easily, but it does scratch (like most other metal e.g. gold, silver, etc.). And when it scratches, the only way to get rid of the scratches is to get a professional buffing service (the same way you take care of the band of your expensive watches).
  • So avoid putting it in your pocket without a jewelry bag or a sealed plastic bag.
  • For stainless steel earrings, simply avoid putting the 2 earrings in the same bag as it may scratch each other.
  • Also avoid hanging your ring on the rack etc.
  • ...well, avoid any other situation that might scratch it :-)

2. Cleaning
Cleaning is simple. There are 4 easy possible ways to clean it.
Tips: Always clean your stainless steel jewelry lengthwise, and not in circular motion. And be gentle with your piece.

1) Clean with warm soapy water and very gently. Use a soft cloth (like a 100% cotton) and gently wipe it. In case of brushed stainless steel, move your cloth along the grain of your stainless steel jewelry as you don't want to leave your brushed jewelry with shiny spots. You shouldn't soak your stainless steel in water.

2) For a grimier pieces, just use 'plain' whitening toothpaste and soft cloth. And again, follow the grain of your piece.

3) Use stainless steel cleaner or jewelry cloth and gently wipe it.

4) Go to a professional.

3. Storage
Although stainless steel doesn't tarnish, it's always best to store it in a sealed container for utmost protection. I always like to store all of my jewelry in a ziplock bag for both visibility and protection. In case of earrings, store the 2 earrings separately to avoid scratching. You can also store it in the air-tight jewelry box like the one I mentioned in the post "5-way to keep your silver tarnish-free"

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Round Bar & Wire Suppliers India said...

Yes; it's sturdier and more affordable than gold or silver. -unless its a designer brand, than it can cost more than silver and even gold when its a low carat.
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Anonymous said...

I have an engraved spinner ring with the Lord's prayer on it. is it possible to remove scratches from this?

Anonymous said...

I have a stainless steel ring which is engraved with the Lord's prayer. Is it possible to remove scratches without removing the engraving?

360Jewels said...

How to remove stains / scratches from your stainless steel jewelry? :

1) Try dish washing liquid first.
If the stains/ scratches are still obvious, then

2) Try using whitening toothpaste (whitening toothpaste contains light abrasive ingredients) or stainless steel cleaner (kitchen cleaner). On the normal area, you may use a cloth as a tool to clean.

But on the sensitive engraved area, you may wanna use your finger and clean it carefully. Apply the cleaner little by little as you
gently rub it.

**Please be especially careful if the engraving is not deeply inscripted.

If your jewelry has a brushed finish, rub along the grain lines.

If it has a polished finish, rub in small circular motion. And once you finish cleaning, you may use your jewelry cloth to polish to make it shiny again.

Hope this help :-)

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