Stunning Hammerhead Shark design over a circular reef - an all purpose pendant that will get noticed.
Hammerhead Shark On The Reef Sterling Silver Pendant
TIPS FOR CARE AND CLEANING OF FINE JEWELRY
~Gold, silver, and platinum are only Mohs 2-1/2 to 4, which means that they require special care when wearing, storing, or cleaning.
~Pure Silver is too soft for most ordinary uses, so, like gold, silver is alloyed, or mixed, with other metals to add hardness and strength. The standard alloy is 92.5% silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper. In order for an item to be called sterling, the law requires that it have a minimum silver content of 92.5%. Sterling must be marked as such. There are three approved markings to indicate sterling:
~Sterling Silver or Sterling or STR .925 for 92.5%. 999 for 99.9% which is too soft for most jewelry. If one of these three markings is not present on a piece of jewelry, the item is not sterling silver and may not be called such.
Here are some DO's and DON'Ts:
~DO clean fine jewelry often to maintain its sparkle and beauty.
~DO store fine jewelry carefully, observing the following guidelines:
~DO store jewelry in a dry place and avoid extremes of temperature and humidity.
~DO keep gemstone studded jewelry, pearls, and gold and silver pieces separated from each other to prevent scratching. Store fine jewelry pieces in soft pouches, soft cloth wraps or plastic "zip-lock" bags to help protect them.
~DON'T wear fine jewelry when doing housework or gardening.
~DON'T heap your jewelry into one drawer. Keep them separate and, ideally, wrapped in velvet, paper, silk or plastic zip-lock bag.
~DON'T use toothpaste. Its abrasives can damage softer gems and metals. Most fine jewelry can be safely cleaned by soaking for 10 minutes in warm soapy water (using a mild detergent soap). Use a soft brush on harder gems to loosen any dirt around the prongs.
~DON'T overcrowd your jewelry box. Crowding can result in misplaced or lost jewelry if a small piece falls unnoticed from the case. Occasionally, forcing too much jewelry into the box may even bend a fragile piece or chip a delicate stone.
~The simplest and safest way to clean any kind of jewelry is to wash it with warm sudsy water. Prepare a small bowl of sudsy water, using any mild liquid detergent and ammonia. Soak the piece a few minutes, and then brush it gently with an eyebrow brush or soft toothbrush while holding it under running water.
~Make sure the drain is closed. Some people prefer to place jewelry in wire strainer before holding it under running water. When the piece is clean and sparkling, pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth or paper towel.
Commercial Cleaning Solutions
~Use commercial jewelry cleaners with caution.
~Commercial jewelry cleaners are usually no more effective than the household cleaners suggested above, but they are more convenient. They are normally safe for diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, but may be harmful to some gemstones.
Use ultrasonic cleaners for diamonds, rubies, and sapphires only. Ultrasonic cleaners can damage emerald, opal, pearl, and some other colored gemstones.