Jewellery Care Guide
Keeping Your Jewellery Looking it’s best…
- Protect all jewellery from scratches, sharp blows, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and sunlight.
- After each wearing, gently wipe each piece of jewellery clean of make up and skin oils with a 100% cotton cloth.
- Store jewellery separately so it doesn’t scratch other jewellery.
- Remove jewellery when doing household tasks such as gardening, cleaning, household repairs or other strenuous activities.
- Apply make-up and hair spray before putting on your jewellery. Make-up and hair spray contain chemicals that may affect your jewellery.
- Do not store jewellery next to heating vents, window sills, or in the car.
- Store jewellery away from sunlight. The sun may fade some gemstones.
- Do not wear jewellery while in a pool, hot tub or bathing. The chlorine in the water can damage various gemstones and metals including gold.
- Always store bead necklaces strung on silk flat because silk stretches over time.
- Frequent cleaning is recommended to maintain its true beauty.
- Salt water, chlorine in swimming pools, soap, perfumes, personal products and perspiration take their toll on all fine jewellery.
- Wipe your jewellery carefully with a soft cloth to keep it clean and enjoy!
Cleaning Your Jewellery…
Commerical Silver/Gold Cleaners
Read the label, and if in doubt, do not use a chemical cleaner. Some gemstones that cannot be placed in commercial cleaners are: pearls, lapis lazuli, malachite, opals, coral and turquoise.
Jewellery Polishing Cloths
Use lightly to restore lustre. Do not press hard when polishing gold filled or plated jewellery or you will damage the surface.
Easy Homemade Solutions
The best way to clean in places where a polishing cloth can’t reach is simple. To keep your jewellery in top condition, clean using lukewarm water and a small amount of mild washing up liquid.
Can be prevented by storing your jewellery in a resealable plastic bag with anti tarnish paper. Pearls and opals, however, should be stored in fabric instead of plastic because they need to “breathe”.
Caring for Silver – Shop all Silver Jewellery
A few easy steps will ensure your silver jewellery to be as brilliant as the day it was purchased.
- Before you put any jewellery on, be sure any lotions and/or perfumes are absorbed into your skin.
- Apply all hair products, especially hair spray, before you put on the jewellery.
- Remove your jewellery before swimming, an invigorating workout or prior to bedtime.
- When you remove your jewellery at the end of your day, take a couple of minutes to wipe it off with a jewellery cloth or an old t-shirt.
- Never use tissues or paper towels for cleaning silver. These products will scratch the jewellery, which will detract from the beauty of the pieces.
- After the silver jewellery is wiped clean, store it in an airtight container, such as a resealable plastic bag, a cloth bag and/or an airtight jewellery box.
- Please be aware that many display units and boxes may contain sulphur, which interacts and tarnishes sterling silver. The less air and light your silver is exposed to when you aren’t wearing it, the less tarnish will occur, making it easy to have shiny jewellery each and every time you’re ready to wear it.
- Taking the time to keep your silver jewellery clean after wearing it and storing it away from light and air is all that’s needed to cut down on tarnish significantly.
Caring for Pearls – Shop all Pearl Jewellery
- Store them in a soft cloth sack (an old cotton sock works well), separate from metallic necklaces, which could scratch them.
- Never clean your pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner. Vibrations can shatter them, especially if the nacre is thin or cracked.
- Do not use chemical cleaners, especially those containing ammonia and bleach, which will destroy their luster.
- Remove your pearls before washing dishes, doing housework, or applying perfume or hairspray. Chemicals like these can discolor or damage your pearls.
- Do not wear your pearls in swimming pools with chlorinated water.
- Avoid contact with foods containing acids like tomatoes, fruit juices, and salad dressings.
- Expose your pearls regularly to humid conditions. If you store your pearls in a safe, place a glass of water in the compartment with them.
- Wipe your pearls with a soft cloth after wearing
- Sponge the surface of your pearls occasionally with mild soapy water; contrary to popular belief, the acidic oils and perspiration from human skin can damage the surface of a pearl.