All jewellery requires a little care and attention to keep it looking its best. Dust, pollution and daily wear all contribute to cloud the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of precious metals.
You should take care to protect your jewellery and always store each piece in a separate fabric pouch or lined jewellery box. We recommend you remove your jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, or even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed.
Care of Sterling Silver
As with most precious metals, sterling silver tarnishes; having said this, it is less likely to happen as quickly if regularly worn.
Clean your silver jewellery in warm soapy water, ensuring that it is rinsed thoroughly and dried before storing. Alternatively polish your silver jewellery with a soft cloth. Like gold, silver is susceptible to damage by chlorine and you should avoid wearing silver jewellery when using chlorine or bleach.
Care of Gold Vermeil
Gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver, and requires a little more care and attention. Always remove your gold vermeil jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, or even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed.
Never wear your gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery. Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth.
Please note the gold plating on all our gold vermeil items will wear off in due time and this is determined and based on how often the product is worn.
Care of 14k Gold Filled
Gold filled jewelry unlike gold plated jewelry can be polished and cleaned with jewelry cleaner. The layer of gold will not rub off or wear out. Please note before you start cleaning or polishing make sure other components (stones or beads) of your piece can be cleaned with the same solution.
Care of Gemstones
The build-up of hand cream, finger prints and general dirt is common amongst your most loved jewellery, and can easily be cleaned. Most stones can be cleaned with warm water, a touch of mild detergent and a soft brush, however for some that are more delicate swap the soft brush for a soft cloth.
Many gemstones are susceptible to damage by chemicals, water and even sunlight, where prolonged exposure to the latter may cause them to become paler. Examples include amethyst, ametrine, aquamarine, aventurine, beryl, citrine, kunzite, rose and smoky quartz.
Some gemstones such as opal, pearl and turquoise are fairly porous and should not be immersed in water for too long. Please note dyed jade will fade over a period of time. This is a natural characteristic of the stone and not a fault with the item.