At Beadorable we want you to love your jewellery forever, so here is a quick guide on how to care for your beads and charms.

The best advice we can give you is to protect, store and clean your beads and charms.

All silver will tarnish, it is in the nature of the metal and contact with the oils in human skin can actually accelerate tarnishing so we recommend that you give your silver charms a regular clean in mild, soapy water and give them a gentle scrub with an old, soft toothbrush, be careful not to scrub too hard as you can damage the finish.  Remember to rinse with clean water afterwards and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

**Do not leave jewellery with gemstones immersed in water for too long as some stones are quite porous and this can damage them.**

You could also buy a commercial silver cleaning cloth, these are impregnanted with a silver cleaner and designed to retard tarnish. Just be careful to check that the cloth you buy is non-abrasive as otherwise you can damage your jewellery rather than protect it.  Again, care should be used when using cleaning agents with jewellery that incorporates stones as they can be damaged.

Alternatively, you could use a 'silver dipping' solution, some of these are excellent cleaners bringing jewellery to a high shine, however you must follow the instructions carefully as some are not suitable for use with jewellery with stones and are usually not suitable for use with oxidised silver pieces.

Perfumes should not be sprayed directly onto silver, pearls or any other jewellery for that matter. This can rapidly advance tarnishing and, in the case of pearls, will actually remove their lustre altogether.

You should remove jewellery before swimming, chlorine and salt water can damage precious metals and dull their finish.

Feel free to take a bath or shower wearing your jewellery but reach for the polishing cloth, along with your towel, as soap and water will leave a thin film making your silver seem dull.

When not wearing your beads and charms, the best way to keep them tarnish-free when when you are storing them silver likes to kept on its own wrapped in a soft cloth, prefereably in an air-tight container or zip-loc bag.