How to Take Care of a Bentwood Ring

Our bentwood rings are not weak and delicate, but it’s not a bad idea to keep the polished finish looking nice over the coming years.

The two main cautions we give regarding the care of your ring are to avoid the use of hand sanitizer or other harsh chemicals while wearing your ring (to prevent the eating away of the finish) and to remove your ring when you will be working with tools or doing any heavy lifting (to avoid dings and scratches).

The hard finish on the rings can be maintained with any hand safe buffing wax.  You would simply rub a thin layer of wax onto your ring, let it sit for around 30 minutes, then hand buff with a soft cloth.

If you ever find the finish starting to wear down to the wood, you can send it our way for a free refinish within the first year (after this time, the charge would be $35).  As long as the wood is coated by the finish, it won’t have a chance to deteriorate/break down.

We received a ring once which was worn constantly by a surfer. The salt water and friction had gradually removed the original finish, and the ring had been allowed to turn a gray color, much like driftwood. It was later sent in to us, and we were able to restore it to the original color and sheen.

If you have questions about durability, finishing, or just bentwood rings in general, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tips On Caring for Your Gold Plated Jewelry

It is never easy to choose a piece of jewelry and it’s also not that easy to buy one. As much as we wanted to always get the finest quality gold jewelry, our budget may not agree with us all the time. Buying gold plated jewelry is a great option when you’re looking for an accessory or a gift that doesn’t break your bank and this goes for any type of jewelry, may it be a ring, bracelet or your name necklace. Gold plating is a process where a thin layer of gold is placed on to coat the surface of another metal. Learn more about gold plating by checking out our Tip Difference Between Solid Gold, Gold Filled, and Gold Plated.

Nowadays, having gold plated jewelry is not only for those who can’t afford a full gold jewelry. They are very popular with fashionistas out there because of its practicality and because it’s available in various designs and styles that goes perfectly well with any piece of clothing. To decrease the chances of wearing out, here are easy ways on keeping the luster of your gold plated jewelry. As it is a thin layer of gold, extra care should be taken to maximize its lifespan.

  1. Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold plated jewelry. Wear your jewelry after you have sprayed on your favorite perfume so that chemicals on the spray or perfume does not interact with your jewelry’s metal.

  2. Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before you wear your gold plated ring, bracelet or necklace.

  3. Substances like oil, nail polish, nail polish remover, chlorine, perfume and the like may react with metal/plated jewelry and will cause it to tarnish easily. This also goes with sweat, so make sure you don’t forget to remove your gold plated jewelry when you exercise or anything that would require heavy physical work, and also when swimming.

  4. Every after use, clean your plated jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt it has acquired. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated jewelry using a soft jewelry cloth also helps restore shine.

  5. If your jewelry needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and you may clean it with a soft brush. Stay away from jewelry cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will just make your gold plated jewelry tarnish more quickly.

  6. To avoid scratches, wrap your jewelry in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in a jewelry box separate from other types of jewelry you have.

Sterling Silver Care: 5 Tips for Long-Lasting Jewelry

Are you as obsessed with sterling silver as much as we are? Are you all about its brilliant shine, incredibly versatile look, and just straight-up glamour? 

Whether you're a timeless jewelry fan or keeping up with the hottest trends, we're just as wild about stunning accessories as you are. 

While buying beautiful jewelry is fun and exciting, nothing ruins the mood more than lackluster tarnish. For this reason, most of us dread the cleaning process and fear that our silver is forever ruined.

But, not to worry! We're here to show you that sterling silver care is easy, quick, and convenient. You just need to know the right tricks and techniques. 

Let's get to it! 

1. Know the Digits 

Those sterling silver digits, we mean! 

Here's a good rule of thumb. If your goods have a rating of .950, they need consistent polishing. If they have a rating of .925, the material is sturdier and doesn't need as much cleaning. All of Roma's sterling silver jewelry is .925 and should require a little less work than the silver you may have purchased elsewhere. 

If you're totally unsure or there is no label in view, check with your jeweler. This is one of the reasons we strongly advocate checking digits. It guarantees legitimate silver (and sadly, there is a lot of fake jewelry out there). 

Remember, with proper care and knowledge of your jewelry, your piece can last a lifetime and beyond. It's best to be absolutely sure you're getting REAL and REPUTABLE products.

2. Dry Silver is Happy Silver

Interesting fact: pure water by itself doesn't damage sterling silver, but most of the water we're exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. Chemicals and contaminants in the water can result in tarnished and dull looking silver, so it's best to know what's what when it comes to water. 

 

  • Shower. It's not a great idea to shower with your jewelry on, but once in a while isn't going to do any lasting damage. Just make sure to dry it after.

  • Swimming Pool. Take your silver off. Chlorine is a pretty harsh chemical, so if you accidentally forget to remove your silver jewelry before hopping in, make sure to rinse and clean it afterward. 

  • Hot Tub. Same idea as the swimming pool, butthere's even more chlorine in the hot tub and the heat can accelerate the chemical reaction. 

  • Hot Springs. The sulfur in natural hot springs will wreak havoc on your silver. Unless you're going for that "dark oxidized" look, avoid at all costs. 

  • Bonus Tip: Chemicals in lotions and perfumes can also cause your jewelry to tarnish. Apply them first, let them dry, and then put your jewelry on. This alone can make a HUGE difference in your silver's luster. 

3. Maintain Proper Storage

If you leave a fancy car out in the rain, what happens? It gets dirty! The similar principle applies to sterling silver care. You need appropriate storage for your stunning pieces. And, you need to be diligent about maintenance. 

Air exposure can wreck havoc by tarnishing your delicate silver. Don't just leave it lying on your nightstand or in an open jewelry chest. And, don't just leave it in your purse or drawer! 

It's best to store silver in individual, air-tight bags with anti-tarnish properties. These types of bags keep air exposure out, and keep the shininess and brilliance intact.

Unclasp and unhook the jewelry to avoid potential scratching. Do NOT bunch several pieces in the same bag to save time or space. This can create tangling, scratching, tarnish, and that is exactly what we are trying to avoid here! 

For additional preventative efforts, silica gel packets provide anti-tarnish protection. Throw one in each bag for extra care. 

Finally, if you are traveling with your jewelry (because we know you want to look glamorous when in paradise), be sure to use a special case for protection! The last issue you want to deal with on vacation is scratched-up jewelry, right? 

4. Know When To Take Off Your Jewelry

Yes, we know how much you love your gorgeous ring or bracelet. And, we know it can be hard to take those babies on and off again. But, it's critical, and here's why.

Strong chemicals, sulfur, sweat and perspiration, chlorine, and harsh sunlight can tarnish and corrode the brilliant shine you love in your silver.

Don't take your chances. Preventative care is significantly easier than dealing with damaged jewelry! 

It is optimal to remove jewelry during the following times: 

  • Household chores, such as dishes, laundry, and when using cleaning supplies

  • When exercising, at the gym, or playing contact sports

  • When showering or bathing 

  • Swimming, hot tubs, or saunas

  • Very hot places (such as when lying out at the beach or pool)

  • When getting ready (i.e: putting on lotion, makeup, hair products)

  • Preparing, cooking, or eating foods that contain sulfur (this includes eggs and mayonnaise). 

  • Outside chores or tasks, such as gardening 

Preventative care is ALWAYS easier than aftercare! 

5. Polish It Pretty 

Silver is delicate, and, despite our best efforts, it can still get dirty. Fortunately, sterling silver care can be as easy as a fast rubdown. 

To do this, use a simple microfiber cloth or special jewelry cloth (not paper towels or toilet paper) to clean your goods. 

Focus on maintaining long up-and-down strokes to clean the jewelry. Be sure to use different parts of the cloth to avoid spreading any tarnish. Do not use circular motions here, as it can actually make the tarnish or dirt worse. Be sure to avoid polishing any part of the jewelry that is intentionally oxidized. 

For more complex or tight, detailed areas, go in with a Q-tip. It'll get into every nook and cranny you need. And, that's it! Easy, right? 

Bonus: Make Your Own DIY Cleaner 

Are you storing your jewelry correctly and polishing it, but still looking for a greater shine? Needing just a bit more brilliance? Check out some of our favorite, tried-and-true cleaning methods.

Note: these are natural cleaning methods, as the harsh chemicals in professional cleaning products can be incredibly taxing on your jewelry.

Water and Baking Soda Method

You will need 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda (use a bit more water if the jewelry has delicate features). Stir into a paste. Use an old toothbrush or cleaning wand to apply this DIY cleaner in gentle motions and movements. 

Dish Liquid and Water

No fancy cleaning methods needed for this option. Simply rinse the jewelry off in the same way you would clean your own hands. 

Salt Water Method

Line a cooking pan or large dinner plate with a sheet of aluminum foil. Place each piece of jewelry directly on the foil. 

Combine 1 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. Pour the mixture into the pan or large dinner plate. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the mixture. 

Bubbles will surface! Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes (use a spoon if needed for stirring). Rinse in cool water and dry off with a microfiber cloth.

Final Thoughts 

Proper caring and maintenance is necessary for any fine jewelry. 

If you follow these recommended tips, sterling silver care is incredibly easy! These methods will help prolong the longevity (and beauty) of your necklaces or rings for years to come!

Be sure to check out our beautiful and timeless collections today!