Cleaning + Care Guide

How do I care for my jewelry or home decor pieces?

Make sure any products you use are safe for the material (metal, gemstones, etc) featured in your piece. In more extreme cases it may be best that the artist refreshes the piece. If you have any questions about care of a specific item from one of our artists please contact us at

Sterling Silver Care

Silver tarnishes because of exposure to air, so when you are not wearing your jewelry keep it in a dry, direct sunlight free area. A jewelry box or even a simple zip-loc bag will cut down the need to polish a piece. Try to minimize contact with hairspray, sunscreen, perfumes, etc as these may have an effect on the oxidation.

To clean tarnish and dirt from silver jewelry simply rub the piece with an appropriate silver polishing cloth. The polishing compound is embedded in the fibers of the cloth and will continue to work even when the cloth becomes discolored.

Solid sterling silver jewelry can also be cleaned using the following method, which is especially useful for cleaning tarnish from crevices that cannot be reached with a polishing cloth.

A small bowl
Aluminum foil
Baking soda
Hot water (the hotter the better)

Instructions: Line aluminum foil over your bowl and place your dirty jewelry on top of the aluminum foil. Throw a teaspoon of baking soda over your dirty jewelry and then pour hot water into the mixture. The dirt and tarnish will accumulate in the foil. If jewelry has oil stains, add a drop of dish washing soap. After several minutes, remove the jewelry, rinse with warm water and gently dry with a towel. If jewelry is not completely clean you can repeat the process to remove remaining dirt and tarnish.

Bronze Care

As with silver, bronze jewelery will naturally oxidize with exposure to the elements, so it is best kept stored cool, dry place such as a jewelry box. Similarly, minimize contact with hairspray, sunscreen, perfumes, etc as these may have an effect on the oxidation. Avoid wearing patinaed bronze pieces while showering, swimming, or enjoying other water sports.

Pearl Care

Pearls are sensitive and require gentle treatment. They are best cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and do well stored in cloth bag, wrapped in tissue or jewelry box, but do note that pearls need to breathe so they should not be stored in an airtight container. Pearls can scratch easily so take care when wearing or storing them. Do not wear your pearls while bathing or showering, swimming or playing sports as this can damage the nacre. Put pearls on last to avoid contact with hairspray, cosmetics or cologne as these too can damage the nacre.

Gold Care

Store your gold jewelry in a jewelry box or wrap it in soft material and store it in a resealable plastic bag to prevent scratches & oxidation. Some items feature a gold plate that is prone to scratching and rubbing off, so keep these pieces separate to prevent scratching.

Soap, lotion, hairspray and other cosmetics usually won't harm gold, but it can cause a film residue to form, making it appear dull. Always remove gold jewelry before entering swimming pools, hot tubs & before using chlorine-based cleaning products. Chlorine at high temperatures found in hot tubs can erode, discolor and permanently damage your jewelry.

Buffing your gold jewelry with a soft cloth is an effective and inexpensive way to keep your pieces lustrous. If you use a jewelry polishing cloth, make sure the cloth is meant for gold. Some polishing clothes are formulated for silver and contains micro-abrasives making them not suitable for gold jewelry.

Porcelain and Ceramic Jewelry

Wipe the porcelain/ceramic with a soft cloth from time to time to remove any oils. Avoid using any type of chemicals or water while cleaning as those substances can actually wear away any hand painted designs. Be sure to use the appropriate cleaning techniques on any additional adornments while making sure to protect the whole of the piece from undue abrasive exposure.

Patricia Locke Jewelry Care

Expect some natural aging effects. Pieces should be maintained regularly with a soft jeweler's cloth. As all pieces are finished with a protective lacquer, no liquids or detergents should be used in their care. For best wear, jewelry should be put on after any lotions or sprays and should not be worn during strenuous activity.

Jo La Collage Jewelry Care

Handmade jewelry is a piece of art. It is not intended to be worn 24/7, but rather as an add-on to one's wardrobe. Do not wear your jewelry in the shower, pool, or ocean. Chemicals and household cleaners can deteriorate the finish, pearls, crystals, paints, and resins.

Sterling silver naturally tarnishes over time due to exposure to oxygen. The finishes may also change over time, especially if exposed to the elements, and this is to be expected. To clean or brighten up a piece use a polishing cloth. Never use chemicals or detergents. Do not use an ultrasound cleaner. Clean the ear wires and posts with alcohol as needed. To avoid an earring falling out by accident, Jo La recommends the use of the continued use of the rubber stopper on the ear wires.

Ornamental Things Jewelry Care

Keep it dry. Metal is affected by moisture as well as chemicals in soaps, swimming pools and from sweat. Take your jewelry off when you swim, bathe, shower or exercise. Store it in a safe place. We suggest a cloth pouch, box or zip lock bag to prevent tarnish. If it is something that may tangle easily, we suggest finding a safe place to hang the item. When needed, clean your jewelry with a jewelry polishing cloth.

Cleaning & Care for Michael Michaud's Table Art collection

Many table art pieces can be easily cleaned with diluted dish soap in warm (not hot) water and a non-abrasive sponge or wash cloth. Use care to avoid fully submerging the pieces in water. Be sure to fully dry them before storing - like most finished metals, it's best to avoid letting moisture sit on the piece, so toweling them dry is recommended after any cleaning. Some items will naturally tarnish and change with use, but with careful cleaning and attentive use they will provide many many years of use and enjoyment.

Wood Care Instructions

Wood pieces should be hand washed with mild soap and water and gently dried off with towel - never place wooden bowls, serving boards or salad servers in a dishwasher or submerge them in water. Applying a food grade mineral oil every few months is a great way to protect the wood and maintain its natural beauty.