CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY
All of the jewellery we make is designed to be worn, loved and to last a lifetime. Following our tips below, your jewellery can be kept sparkling for years to come.
WEARING YOUR JEWELLERY
Silver Jewellery will naturally tarnish over time. To reduce tarnish we recommend the following:
Removing your jewellery when you shower or bathe, particularly on the beach, in the sea and in chlorinated water. Chlorinated water in particular can accelerate tarnishing of silver.
Avoid spraying perfume or applying creams directly onto your jewellery - your jewellery should be the last thing you put on when getting ready.
Keep away from extreme temperatures, humidity and sunlight, and avoid wearing your jewellery when using bleach and other harsh household cleaners.
Wearing a piece regularly can help to slow down the process of tarnishing as the metal moving against your skin and itself will help to keep it clean.
It’s also important to keep pieces out of flowing air and humidity when not being worn.
STORING YOUR JEWELLERY
To protect your jewellery, pieces should be individually placed in their own box to stop them being scratched or tangled. Ideally store your jewellery in a dark, cool and dry place, and try to keep pieces apart so that they don't rub together or tangle up.
CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY
The most effective way to clean your jewellery is to use a soft, lint free cloth to keep silver, gold and copper jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. If your pieces are particularly dirty then warm soapy water and a very soft toothbrush can be used to keep your pieces looking beautiful and bright. You can give your pieces a buff with a silver or gold jewellery cloth that is impregnated with silver cleaner to help remove tarnish - this can help delay tarnishing of your pieces as it forms a protective barrier. You can use these cloths until they are black – they shouldn’t be washed.
Gemstones and Pearls:
Most gemstones are quite robust, but if your jewellery contains gemstones please take a little extra care when cleaning, particularly with softer stones such as pearls, opals, lapis lazuli and turquoise, and do not use silver dip or ultrasonic, cleaners or excessively hot water as these softer gemstones can become damaged.
Pearls in particular can be discoloured by soap, perfume and make up, so take extra care with them.
Whilst pearls can be relatively robust given how soft they are, pearls can be scratched by contact with sharp objects or other gemstones so we suggest that you store your Pearls in the box they come in with the clasp fastened. When travelling, carry your pearls in a protective jewellery pouch. However pearls love being exposed to the oils in your skin and so please do wear them frequently – leaving them unworn for a long time in a box can cause them to dehydrate!
Pearls are a natural biological substance and are porous, so avoid anything which could be absorbed by them.
Please do not put any hairspray, make-up, perfume or any other such substances where they could contact and be absorbed by the pearls. We suggest that you put on your pearls last to minimise contact with anything that could cause them harm.
Where areas of silver have been oxidised (blackened), these are not a permanent finish and after time and wear the oxidisation my wear off. Items can be re-oxidised so please contact us for advice. Do not use polish or a silver cloth on oxidised areas as this will remove the oxidation.