Caring For Your Jewellery
Congratulations on your new pieces! We hope they provide you many moments of joy and beauty to come. To care for:
Solid Gold Pieces
Solid yellow gold is the best long-term companion a girl could ask for. As the metal is solid, the color will stay with you over time.
As white gold is a mix of yellow gold and other metals (i.e. rhodium), you may notice the shiny white luster fade over time. Over time as the rhodium plating in white gold wears off, you can ask your local jeweller to re-polish and re-plate the white gold piece to make it look brand new!
Cleaning instructions:Add a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid to a bowl filled with two cups of warm water. Drop your gold pieces into the solution and let them soak for about 15 minutes. Lift a piece of jewelry out of the solution and gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush to remove any dirt lodged in nooks and crannies.
Sterling Silver & Gold Plated Pieces
Sterling silver jewelry can last a lifetime. As sterling silver is comprised of 7.5% other metals, it will tarnish with air exposure over time. To maintain that lustre on your silver and gold plated pieces for longer, consider
- storing your jewellery in a cool, dark and dry place away from heat and moisture
- storing pieces individually in small zip-lock plastic bags, removing as much air as possible
- taking them off before showering, swimming or hot tubbing
- cleaning the pieces with a dry soft cloth after taking them off, before putting them back into your air-tight pouch
- cleaning dirtier pieces (without gemstones or pearls) in warm water with a few drops of mild dish washing liquid, and using a cotton swab for tight corners, or soft baby toothbrush for more abrasive cleaning if needed. Dry the piece thoroughly after wash.
- cleaning dirtier pieces with gemstones or pearls by using a cotton swab with mild dish washing liquid to wash only the silver; do not submerge the whole piece in water. Dry the piece thoroughly after wash.
- avoiding exposure to chemicals during wearing and cleaning, as they can make the silver more dull. Common chemicals include: hairspray, perfume, deodorant, body lotion, bleach, toothpaste or baking soda
Gemstones are beautiful but delicate materials. They can scratch, crack, or chip if dropped. To clean them, you can soak them in warm water with mild dishwashing soap and brush with a soft bristled brush if needed.
As an organic material, you should avoid getting moisture into the holes drilled into pearls. To clean them, you can
- clean your pearls before storing them away in a soft pouch or lined jewelry box to avoid scratches
- use a thin, wet towel with the soap and warm water mixture and carefully wipe the pearls avoiding the drill holes
- use a toothpick or dry soft brush to remove any leftover residue
- dry your pearl piece with a lint-free cloth
Never use a hair dryer or any heat producing appliance to dry pearls.