– JEWELLERY CARE –

Here are some tips to help you keep your jewellery looking its best for years to come. 

General

  • Remove your jewellery before engaging in practical activities such as gardening or DIY, cleaning, doing exercise or playing sports. This will ensure that your jewellery does not get accidentally damaged.

  • When storing your jewellery, we recommend doing so in airtight boxes or bags (individually to avoid stratching). Exposure to the environment can cause your jewellery (especially silver) to tarnish over time. Storing it sensibly will keep it looking newer for longer.

  • Take care to avoid humidity or heat exposure, this will cause tarnishing and the dampness will attract dirt and dust. Avoid storing your jewellery in the bathroom or near a radiator.

  • Silver naturally tarnishes with exposure to air, we would recommend you use a silver polishing cloth (*do NOT use on gold-plated jewellery - see below) once a week to wipe the surface of your jewellery with gentle pressure. This will clean the metal of your jewellery also of skin particles, perfume, food etc. 

  • Do not shower, bath or swim in your jewellery.

  • Beauty products for skin and hair can react with precious stones and metals, causing your jewellery to tarnish, discolour and even possibly corrode. Please put your jewellery on last, after applying cosmetics, lotions, scents and sprays and allowing them to dry.

  • Diamonds, sapphires and rubies are all hard gemstones that do not scratch easily with wear. Clean gently with a soft toothbrush, liquid soap and warm water to avoid any build up of dirt and keep the stones looking lustrous.

  • Stone settings should be checked occasionally. If there is movement please return to us to fix or approach a local jeweller. Utmost care has been taken to set stones securely however we cannot be responsible for the loss of stones after purchase.

 

Gold-plated jewellery

  • Gold-plating is a coat of gold on top of the solid silver jewellery. The gold layer will eventually wear over time from contact anyway, so plated jewellery requires extra care so as to preserve the gold layer as long as possible.

  • Substances like oil, nail polish, nail polish remover, chlorine, anti-bacterial hand wash and perfume react with metal/plated jewellery and strip off the gold layer.

  • This is also true for sweat, so make sure you remove your gold plated jewelry when you exercise or doing anything requiring heavy work and when swimming.

  • After use, clean your plated jewellery with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust or dirt. Very gently rubbing the surface helps restore shine.

  • If your jewellery needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and dry with a soft cloth.

  • Do not use a polishing cloth or liquid jewellery cleaner as these will strip away the plating.

  • Do not store gold-plated and silver pieces together. The different metals will cause each other to tarnish, fade and/or turn colors. Have different storage places for different colors of metals like gold and rose gold.

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