Jewellery Care

Jewellery is meant to be worn, seen and enjoyed. Proper care and cleaning is required to assure the longevity of your jewellery. The following are simple basic guidelines:

  • Apply all cosmetics, perfumes and colognes before putting on your jewellery. Hair spray, perfume and perspiration will cloud the brilliance of gemstones and dull the surface of any precious metals. Make sure to wipe your jewellery after wear to remove any chemicals, oils or perspiration.
  • The chemicals in cleaning solutions will damage gemstones and precious metals, avoid wearing your jewellery when cleaning.
  • With an active lifestyle, avoid wearing your jewellery. Some gemstones are brittle and any activity where the stone could be hit or damaged should be avoided.

Jewellery Care –Cleaning

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is prone to oxidization, sometimes causing the silver to turn black. Silver is easy to clean and can be made to look new again.

  • Silver jewellery can be cleaned with a solution of mild soap and water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • Jewellery that contains only silver can be cleaned using liquid silver cleaner, and rinsed with warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • A silver polishing cloth can also be used.
  • If the jewellery contain gemstones, always use the best cleaning solution for the gemstone, not the metal.

Gold

Gold will not tarnish like other metals. However, it can still accumulate dirt and grime and also become dull and lose its shine. You can remove the dirt and return the luster with a few simple steps.

  • Gold jewellery can be cleaned by using a soft brush, mild soap and water with a few drops of ammonia. Rinse carefully and allow to dry on soft cloth.
  • Gold jewellery can also be cleaned with liquid cleaner, rinsed with warm water and allow to dry on soft cloth.
  • A gold-polishing cloth can also be used.
  • If the jewellery contain gemstones, always use the best cleaning solution for the gemstone, not the metal.

Gold-Filled

Gold filled jewellery does not tarnish as readily as silver.

  • Cleaning instruction for cleaning the gold jewellery should be applied to gold filled jewellery.
  • It’s important to gently clean your gold-filled jewellery to avoid scratching the outer layer of gold.

Gold Vermeil

Vermeil jewellery will tarnish like sterling silver. Clean with a gentle dish soap and soft bristled brush under warm running water. Rinse well and dry with a soft non-abrasive cloth (water residue can cause staining).

Gemstones

Improper cleaning solution and techniques can cause damage to gemstones.

  • Almost all gemstones can be cleaned using a mild soap and water solution and a soft bristled brush.
  • Ultrasonic cleaners will work well for harder gemstones but may cause cracking on soft porous gemstones, like opals, pearls, ambers, emeralds, Jades and corals. Before cleaning, verify the hardness of your gemstone by consulting a” Mohs Hardness Scale for gemstones” on the web.
  • Always use the best cleaning solution for the gemstone, not the metal.

Pearls

Pearls are much softer and delicate than any other gemstones, therefore proper cleaning and storage is the key to its longevity. Pearl care is very simple as long as you remember that pearls are organic and should not be cleaned with chemicals.

  • The best way to maintain the luster of pearls is to wear them regularly, the body’s natural oils will aid in the maintenance of the pearls luster.
  • Wipe pearls with a soft cloth after wearing and occasionally wipe them clean with mild soapy water. Allow the pearls to dry before storing.
  • Do not clean pearls with an ultrasonic cleaner; the vibration will cause them to shatter.
  • Do not use chemicals especially those containing ammonia or bleach, this will destroy the luster of the pearls.
  • Annual inspection of the silk thread and clasp is highly recommended.                                         

                                                          Jewellery Care –Storage

When storing your jewellery make sure it is completely dry and is stored away from intense heat and light.  

  • Silver jewellery is prone to tarnishing and is best stored in an airtight container or zip-lock bag.
  • Gold jewellery can be easily stored with no concerns for tarnishing.
  • Anti-tarnish strips are highly recommended. Place the strips in with your jewellery to prevent tarnishing and dulling of any precious metal. It will not remove existing tarnishing.

 Pearl Storage

As an organic material, pearls are much softer than most other gemstones and can be easily scratched, and should be handled differently.

  • Pearls should be stored separately from other jewellery.
  • Do not store pearls in plastic bags, always store in the box or silk pouch.