We believe that jewellery – from the most precious to the most casual – is meant to be worn every day – not locked in a safe. Some scratches and dings can happen, perhaps even some tarnishing – and that’s okay! Many factors can influence the condition of jewellery. Therefore you should make sure that your jewellery is properly cleaned and stored.
Always remove your jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, or even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed. Please note that chlorine is especially damaging to jewellery. Ensure that you rinse off any chemicals that come into contact with your jewellery straight away to avoid build up which can make cleaning difficult.
Take care to avoid extreme humidity or heat as this may cause tarnishing.
Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for everyday wear; therefore, copper is generally used to give it strength while at the same time preserving the ductility of the metal and its beauty.
Silver tarnishes quite quickly when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulfur. Happily, the best measure to prevent this is wearing your silver jewellery often. The oils in your skin help prevent tarnish. (This varies depending on your own body chemistry.)
To avoid tarnishing, periodically wash your silver jewellery with mild soap, not detergent, and water.
Dry thoroughly before storing. You may also polish gently with a polishing cloth. We suggest the Sunshine Cloth. The cloth is treated with jewellery cleaning chemicals but it is non scratching and works great on silver.
Some of your pieces may have patina or oxidation as a part of the design. Be extra careful when cleaning these pieces, as you may clean away this design aspect. For pieces with black accents in carved/recessed areas, a treated polishing cloth would be your best bet.
Avoid showering or swimming with your jewellery on. Water and beauty products can affect the finish of the piece. Put your jewellery on last, after applying lotions, perfume, make-up and other beauty products. To slow tarnish, store your silver jewellery in a cloth pouch or an air-tight plastic bag.
When you aren’t wearing your piece, store your silver jewellery separately from other pieces to avoid scratching and tarnishing from other jewellery.
Unlike silver, brass or bronze, gold cannot be altered by moisture, corrosion, cold or heat from the sun. Oddly though, gold can become tarnished by the seaside or sometimes by contact with silver jewellery. Here are some tips on keeping your special gold pieces brilliant.
There is nothing better than good, old-fashioned soap and water to clean gold jewellery. Use a bit of dishwashing liquid and a soft cloth or take a soft bristle brush and bar soap with water and gently clean your piece. Rinse with water and polish it dry with a soft cloth.
If salt water or sea air has dulled your gold, use a soft bristle brush and dip it in a mixture of water and baking soda. Gently brush your piece, rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth.
If you need a stronger cleaner, use a drop or two of ammonia in water. Use the mixture with a soft cloth or dip your piece in and let it soak for a minute or so. Rinse, dry and polish with a soft cloth. Handle carefully, as ammonia is a strong product.
Use a polishing cloth for extra shine and to remove any tarnish. We suggest the Sunshine Cloth. The cloth is treated with jewellery cleaning chemicals but it is non scratching and works great on gold.