A few tips to take care of your Field Stabilizer™ and keep it mint new for years!
Gold Field Stabilizer™
A simple way to clean your gold is to soak it in warm water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Gentle use of an old, soft-bristled (kid’s) toothbrush is useful for more extensive cleaning. After cleaning and rinsing, dry and polish with a soft cloth.
When you are not wearing your jewelry, store it in a fabric-lined case with separate compartments, or wrap pieces individually in soft tissue paper. Don’t take the risk of your jewelry pieces scratching one another.
While lasting and durable, gold can become scratched or dented, particularly if handled roughly.
Silver Field Stabilizer™
Pour two cups of hot water into a bowl. You just need enough to cover the jewelry you’re cleaning. This method works as a gentle cleanser that removes tarnish without abrading the silver. If your silver is lightly tarnished, the salt bath should take the tarnish right off.
Add salt and aluminum foil. Stir one tablespoon of salt it into the hot water with a spoon until it completely dissolves. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and tear off a few strips, then put them in the bowl. The combination of salt and aluminum will react with the tarnish on the silver’s surface and create a bright, shiny surface in place of the tarnish.
Tarnish happens when the surface of silver combines with sulfur and turns into silver sulfide, which is black. When silver sulfide reacts with aluminum in a salt solution, the chemical reaction between the substances turns the silver sulfide back to silver. The reaction happens faster when the solution is warm.
If you don’t have table salt on hand, you can use baking soda instead. It has the right properties to facilitate the same chemical reaction.
Submerge your jewelry in the solution. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Stir it around a bit to see whether the tarnish is going away. When you see that the silver’s shine has been restored, remove the silver from the solution.
If you’re working with deeply tarnished silver, you might need to repeat the process two or more times. Make sure the solution is completely heated, since the reaction is much slower if the solution is cool.
Copper Field Stabilizer™
Copper will naturally tarnish over time, due to its exposure to the air. If you prefer to have your Field Stabilizer™ back to shining conditions, we suggest to mix some lemon juice with some baking soda and apply it on the Field Stabilizer™, rubbing it gently with a cloth. When finished, rinse with water.