How should I care for my stainless steel jewellery?
Stainless steel is a hard wearing metal that doesn't tarnish like silver. If you get fed up polishing your jewellery, or find that your skin makes precious metals tarnish quickly, then stainless steel jewellery really is a great choice for you.
To keep your jewellery looking its best in the first place you can follow these simple tips to prevent your favourite designs from being scratched, suffering from build up with beauty products, or being affected by chemicals.
- Remove your jewellery before bed
- Don't swim or bathe in your jewellery
- Wait at least 20 minutes after applying make up, perfume and beauty products to put your jewellery on
How should I clean my stainless steel jewellery?
In the real world though we tend to wear our jewellery all the time, so even stainless steel may get a little bit grubby with long term wear.
All you need to do to clean your steel bracelets, necklaces or earrings is dip a cloth in some warm soapy water, wring it out and then gently buff away any dirt.
After you have removed any build up you can then use some plain warm water on a damp cloth to ensure you don't leave any soapy residue behind and then dry your jewellery off with a soft cloth.
If you like your jewellery to be nice and shiny then you could also use a jewellery polishing cloth that is safe for stainless steel. Here at Little Gems Jewels I use a Town Talk Microfibre Polishing Cloth as it is perfect for stainless steel and gemstones. I'm not affiliated with Town Talk I just really like the quality of their cloths.
What can I do if I have scratched my stainless steel jewellery?
If you happen to have scratched your jewellery you can use a stainless steel teaspoon to help polish the scratch away.
Simply turn the spoon so that the rounded back part of it is against the scratch in the jewellery and rub it very gently in a circular motion.
It takes a little patience, as you should go slowly to prevent creating any further marks or scratches but this method really does work on minor imperfections.