Jewellery Care Guide
Tips for Caring for Your Jewellery
When applying perfume or any kind of hand or body lotion, always make sure to remove your jewellery first. Chemicals in these products may affect your jewellery.
Avoid wearing your jewellery when swimming, as chlorine can permanently damage or discolour gold jewellery.
The bright white finish of white gold is created by plating the piece in rhodium metal. Constant wear may wear away this plating, so white gold jewellery will need to be re-plated from time to time.
The blackened setting of jewellery is created by plating in black rhodium metal. Again, over time, this may fade, especially if it is in direct contact with the skin. Any pieces with black rhodium detailing will need to be re-plated from time to time.
Take care when wearing your jewellery to not drop or bash your jewellery, as this can damage it. Always remove your jewellery before doing household tasks or strenuous activities, where it is more likely that your jewellery can be damaged, and when sleeping.
Over time, particularly when the piece is worn on a regular basis, it is common that gemstones can become loose. This is particularly common in pave set pieces. It is recommended that you have your jewellery checked for loose stones on a regular basis.
When transporting your jewellery, always carry it in a pouch or a box to protect the piece. Do not place your jewellery in a bag without protecting it from other items in your bag.
With regular wear, your gold jewellery may become scratched and will need re-polishing by your jeweller.
Tips for Storing Your Jewellery
Many gemstones are susceptible to damage from sunlight exposure, causing them to become paler in colour following prolonged exposure. Always make sure to store your gemstone jewellery away from sunlight. Gemstones that are particularly susceptible include: amethyst, citrine, ametrine, aquamarine and quartz.
Always store your bead necklaces lying flat, as over time the silk that they are strung on can stretch.
Always store each piece of jewellery separately as gold and stones can be scratched by other pieces of jewellery.
Always store your jewellery in a dry place that does not have extreme temperatures.
Tips for Cleaning Your Jewellery
Gold jewellery should be cleaned regularly with a soft cloth to maintain its’ beauty. It is recommended that jewellery is cleaned after every wear, to remove any make-up or skin oils from the piece.
Care should be taken when cleaning your gemstone jewellery. For harder gemstones, including diamond, sapphire, ruby, quartz, amethyst and citrine, the gemstone can be cleaned with warm water, a weak solution of a mild detergent and a soft brush such as an old toothbrush. For softer gemstones, including opals and tanzanites, a soft cloth should be used instead of a brush.
Care should be taken when cleaning any jewellery set with emeralds. Due to the natural inclusions in emeralds, the gemstones are often treated with oil, which rigorous cleaning can remove.
Regularly cleaning your jewellery reduce the build-up of direct, which can get lodged behind stone settings and loosen the stones.
Avoid using a brush to clean gold as this can wear away the polish of the gold.