Jewelry made from European beads is available from some of the famous jewelry companies today. European bead jewelry is an innovative jewelry trend, but it is quite a surprise that not much information is available on the internet regarding its care and cleaning. These days, there are many different types of European beads available and the design options for necklaces, bracelets and anklets are limitless. As we know, these beads can be made from different types of materials such as solid gold, plated gold, sterling silver, base metal as well as glass and therefore the care and cleaning procedure largely depends on the material it is made from.
Here’s a look at how you can take care of your jewelry made of European beads.
If the material it is made of is glass, then the best way to clean it is using a damp cloth. If you use an ultrasonic cleaner, you will lose the lustre of the beads. But, you must also keep in mind that you must not immense the jewelry in soap solution, although it is recommended to use a mild soap solution and a soft damp cloth to clean it.
European beads made of sterling silver will tarnish if they are not worn regularly. Tarnish occurs naturally when the silver part of the beads is exposed to sulfides preset in the air. This process makes the jewelry appear darker. If you want your jewelry to remain bright and shiny, you must place your jewelry in a bowl of Pyrex dish that has been lined with aluminum foil. Next, you must add boiling water over the jewelry and add a tablespoon of baking soda. A plastic or wooden spoon is recommended to stir the jewelry and allow the baking soda to come into contact with the aluminum foil. Leave this aside for few minutes and then remove the jewelry and rinse and pat dry. Using polishing cloth and silver dips may help remove the tarnish, but these are not recommended because they can ruin the finish of the European beads.
If it is gold and gold-filled jewelry, the best way to clean it is with special cleaning compounds that can be purchased from your local jewelry store.
In the case of base metals, it is quite hard to clean the beads. This is because, these beads do not contain a protective sealer and they tend to discolor easily. But, you must stay away from commercial cleaners as they can ruin the beads. It is said that prevention is better than cure and therefore, it is essential that you protect your jewelry before it becomes discolored because this reaction is irreversible. To prevent discoloration, keep your jewelry away from hairsprays, chemicals and perfumes. You must also avoid moisture as much as possible.
Jewelry that is made from European beads must be cleaned on a regular basis so they look fresh every time you wear them.