Caring for Your Handmade Beaded Jewelry

Proper care of your Little Birdie Jewelry designs will ensure that you will enjoy your jewelry for many years. Included with each jewelry order is a small square of black anti-tarnish carbon paper. Keep this paper in a box or bag with your jewelry in a cool, dry place away from areas of high humidity or proximity to chemicals. Extreme heat, perspiration, cosmetics, water, hair sprays, and abrasive detergents can all damage jewelry. Moisture in the air is especially harmful to metals and causes them to tarnish. The carbon paper squares absorb damaging moisture and are safe for most metals such as silver, nickel, copper, bronze, brass, tin, and gold.

Polishes or cloths specifically designed for silver should be used to remove tarnish from sterling silver components. Silver-plated and other metal jewelry and beads should be gently wiped with a clean, damp cloth and dried thoroughly.

To maintain the lustre of pearls, the jewelry should be gently wiped with a soft, damp cloth after each wearing.

Avoid exposing leather cords to water or humidity.