Monday, February 13, 2012

Teaching Kids to Care for Their Jewelry

Girls and Boys at a young age can be taught how to take care of their special jewelry pieces with just a little instruction from mom and/or dad.  An easy way to do this is to make up a special jewelry cleaning kit for your children and use it for demonstration purposes and then let them have the cleaning kit (if they are old enough) so that they can clean their jewelry all on their own.

Jewelry Kit Supplies:

* Plastic Tote Box with Lid
* Non_Toxic All Purpose Jewelry Cleaner
* 2-3 Sterling Silver Anti-Tarnish Polishing Cloths
* Soft Jeweler's Cleaning Brush
* Soft Cotton Cloths (3-4 of them)
* Book on Jewelry Cleaning or Your Written Instructions

You will want to set aside a bit of your time to sit with your child(ren) and talk to them about the importance of cleaning their jewelry the right way along with how to properly store their jewelry when not in use. We recommend a good quality jewelry box and there are many that we sell specifically for children.

Explain to your child that different types of jewelry get cleaned different ways. For example: Fashion jewelry is cleaned differently than sterling silver jewelry and so forth. Gold, Platinum, Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel and Fashion Jewelry are all cleaned a different way. You can see our previous articles,  filed under Jewelry Care, for tips on cleaning these metals.

You will want to demonstrate to your children how to properly clean a variety of types of jewelry or at the very minimum, they type of jewelry they are currently wearing. Let them help you clean a few pieces of jewelry and then during your next session let them demonstrate to you what they previously learned.   Your kids will enjoy learning something new and learning it from you!

Click here to read care tips on specific types of jewelry.

by Jasmine Yesak, Contributing Editor at, online retailer of quality jewelry boxes, jewelry organizers and watch boxes. Jasmine is a Jewelry Enthusiast and Organization Consultant, she writes about Jewelry Care and Jewelry Storage Tips.

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