Jewellery Care

We want you to be happy with our jewellery as long as possible. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty.

Be careful with SUNlight and heat

Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.

Keep your jewelry away from chemicals

Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolor metals – gold, silver and plated metal – and may harm some colored gems. Even everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, perfume or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that will permanently damage the surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous gems. Fine jewelry should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool or before using household cleaners. Many of these cleaners contain ammonia, which can be too harsh for delicate gems or vintage jewelry.

Avoid harsh cleaning

Never use jewellery cleaning methods involving toothpaste or baking soda which is rubbed onto the metal. This will remove tiny amounts of metal every time you do it and over time it will damage and deplete your precious jewellery.

Also take care when using a polishing cloth, brush or anything else which is rubbed against the metal, particularly if your jewellery has a more delicate finish (such as gilding, vermeil, plating or any patina or colouring).

Too much enthusiasm with jewellery cleaning may not be a good thing!

Preventing tarnish on silver & silver plated

Tarnishing is a natural process which is caused by oxygen and moisture coming into contact with various types of metal. If your once shiny metal has turned dark, this is likely to be the reason why. Understanding tarnish is key to cleaning your jewellery.

All precious metals can tarnish to some degree. Platinum and pure gold are the most tarnish-resistant metals and will show a minimum of tarnish over many years.

By contrast, sterling silver jewellery will tarnish relatively easily, meaning it´s surface will turn (light) brown, grey or black colour over time. You may have read that pure or fine silver won't tarnish, but that isn’t true: it does, just more slowly and in a less noticeable way than sterling silver.

The reason sterling silver tarnishes more easily is because pure silver has been alloyed with copper, which has the benefit of making the metal harder and much more suitable for making jewellery than pure silver, which is too soft for many uses.

Wearing your silver jewellery 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. In particular it's not a good idea to store your jewellery in your bathroom.

If you live in a humid place you should take extra care to protect your jewellery from humidity. Keeping a humidity absorber near where you store your jewellery can help.

Store your jewellery carefully

Avoid storing precious metal jewellery/plated metal jewellery in particular in a humid place - especially the bathroom. Humidity will speed up tarnishing a lot, so it's best avoided. If you live in a humid place, then extra care should be taken and more cleaning undertaken.

Ideally precious metal jewellery/plated metal jewellery should be stored away from free flowing air. This will also slow down tarnish, plus it will help keep dust at bay. Keep it in a pouch, small jewellery box or similar if you can.

If you like having your jewellery on display, then be aware that it's likely to need a clean more often, so keep an eye on it.

cleaning gemstones

Cleaning gemstone jewellery can be done warm water and a gentle colourless detergent to remove dirt and grime. You can also use a soft brush or cloth.

Jewellery with hard gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires are generally safe to clean in an ultrasonic cleaner, but other softer gemstones may not be. If you're not sure, avoid using an ultrasonic with gemstones.

Never use silver dip or ultrasonic cleaners with pearls, turquoise, opal, lapis lazuli and other soft gemstones as they are porous.

Pearls in particular can be discoloured by soap, perfume and make up, so take extra care with them.

When to remove your jewellery

  • Before swimming and strenuous activities. Salt water and chlorine can damage your jewelry. Add sweat to the list when it comes to sterling silver/plated jewellery.
     

  • Before applying sunscreen and bug spray. Lotion can get into the crevices of chains and prongs, and both lotions and sprays create a film on your jewelry, making it dull and dingy.
     

  • In direct sunlight. The sun can bleach certain materials, especially natural elements and some plastics.
     

  • Before going into a hot tub or swimming pool. Chlorine can damage and discolor metals (like gold and platinum) and can slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones.
     

  • Before gardening. Dirt and small rocks are abrasive. If not cleaned right away, your jewelry can be permanently damaged. Beware the dangers of gardening gloves too.