The glowing refinement of your keepsake collection of Beaucoup Designs jewelry can be preserved in their natural lustrous condition by following these simple guidelines.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR TREASURES
Beaucoup Designs uses the finest formula for Sterling-Plated jewelry available on the market today. Though it's coated with anti-tarnishing agents, all sterling-plated jewelry does eventually tarnish with age with the exposure to various elements. We recommend that you do not wear yours in the shower, hot tub, sauna, ocean or swimming pool. The high chlorine and/or bromine contents used in swimming pools and hot tubs will accelerate the tarnishing of Sterling-Plated jewelry. Minerals in your water source can also accelerate the tarnishing of Sterling-Plated jewelry. And, too, sometimes the chemical makeup and oils of your skin and from lotions may contribute to the tarnishing of Sterling-Plated jewelry, so apply makeup and hair spray prior to putting on your jewelry.
All metals are lead and nickel free.
REMOVING BLACK TARNISH FROM STERLING SILVER JEWELRY
There are a number of ways to clean Sterling Silver. We suggest one of the safest, least toxic, gentlest and most environmentally sound methods available for the care of your collection of Beaucoup Designs sterling jewelry.
You may also choose to use a soft polishing cloth or foam polishing square to gently buff away tarnish. This method works well for jewelry with stones. To slow down tarnishing, make sure that you store your silver in a reclosable plastic bag or the provided Beaucoup Designs pouch. This also prevents scratches.
CARING FOR YOUR GOLD PLATED JEWELRY
Our Gold Plated jewelry is made by covering Brass or Pewter with a thin layer of gold. Since the gold layer is so thin and reactive with silver, it will eventually wear away despite your best attempts to preserve it.
Lightly wipe your Gold Plated jewelry with a damp cotton cloth. This will help to eliminate any dirt or dust from accumulating on the surface and wearing away the gold layer. Use a soft non-abrasive jewelry polishing cloth and gently rub the piece to restore shine. Do not polish the Gold Plated jewelry often - the more you polish, the more the plate is worn away.
Keep Gold Plated jewelry away from hard surfaces. Bumps and scratches will cause the gold layer to wear away faster. Store your Gold Plated jewelry in our Beaucoup Designs pouch or store in a soft material that will prevent scratches.
ANTIQUE BRASS JEWELRY CARE GUIDE
Antique Brass jewelry will tarnish more quickly than sterling silver, but can easily be restored to its original shine.
Simply wash off the Brass jewelry in warm water with a mild liquid soap to loosen dirt. Dry with a soft polishing cloth. For hard to remove tarnish, an easy way to clean your Antique Brass jewelry is to use Ketchup. The acid in ketchup shines brass nicely. Simply apply a small amount with a toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly. Brass polish works well also. Completely dry before storing. As with sterling silver, brass jewelry will tarnish slower if stored in a recloseable plastic bag or our Beaucoup Designs pouch.
PEARL JEWELRY CARE
Pearls are fragile and require more care than other types of jewelry. Store them away from any other jewelry, as other gemstones can scratch them.
Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe your Pearls after you take them off. If your pearls have become dull, use a damp cloth to gently pat them clean, then let them dry flat. Do not use any chemicals or cleaners on pearls. Check the silk cord regularly to be sure it is not fraying.
Makeup, lotions and hair spray should be applied prior to wearing your Pearls. Pearls need to breathe, so the best way to store is wrapped in a soft fabric or silk, or in our Beaucoup Designs pouch. Do not store other jewelry in the same fabric or pouch, as other gemstones and metals can scratch your Pearls.
LEATHER CARE GUIDE
Excessive heat and moisture can damage Leather Cord and Necklaces. Avoid wearing Leather jewelry in the shower, hot tub, sauna, ocean or swimming pool as these can easily damage your leather. Over time, Leather will darken from normal wear, water exposure, skins oils and lotions.