Caring for your Jewellery
With a little bit of care, your jewellery should last a lifetime. However by its very nature, jewellery is delicate and should be treated with due care. Enamel pieces are especially delicate as they are made of glass and are particularly sensitive to cracking if dropped or knocked hard. Special care should be taken with these pieces.
1. Wearing your jewellery
Sterling silver Jewellery will naturally tarnish over time. To reduce tarnish I recommend the following:
- Remove your jewellery when you shower or bathe, particularly on the beach, in the sea and in chlorinated water. Chlorinated water in particular can accelerate tarnishing of silver.
- Avoid spraying perfume or applying creams directly onto your jewellery - your jewellery should be the last thing you put on when getting ready.
- Keep away from extreme temperatures, humidity and sunlight, and avoid wearing your jewellery when using bleach and other harsh household cleaners.
2. Storing your jewellery
When not being worn pieces should be individually placed in their own box to stop them being scratched or tangled. Ideally store your jewellery in a dark, cool and dry place.
3. Cleaning your jewellery
The most effective way to clean your jewellery is to regularly use a soft, lint free cloth to keep it shiny and lustrous. If your pieces are particularly dirty then warm soapy water and a very soft toothbrush can be used. You can give your pieces a buff with the jewellery cloth provided with your order. It is impregnated with silver cleaner to help remove tarnish and delays re-tarnish by forming a protective barrier. You can use these cloths until they are black – they shouldn’t be washed.