Caring for your Jewellery

Each piece of jewellery I create has been handcrafted from quality materials and if cared for should last you a long time, even if plated.

To keep your jewellery looking its best it is recommended that you;

Put on your jewellery last when dressing and after applying creams or perfume.
Do not wear your jewellery in the bath, when sleeping or when exercising, especially swimming.
Don’t use abrasive cleaners on jewellery.
Keep jewellery carefully stored and separated.
Keep chains fastened to avoid tangling.

Take extra care when cleaning gemstone jewellery, especially with pearls, coral and turquoise as cleaning solutions can discolour them and ruin their finish.
Special care should be taken when cleaning Opals, as they are damaged by hydrofluoric acid and caustic alkaline solutions. The only safe way to clean opal is with warm, soapy water.

Plated jewellery can be cleaned using a soft cloth, not a silver or gold polish cloth as these are mildly abrasive and can rub off plating.

You will often see plated jewellery take on a tarnished or dirty appearance after extended wear.  Usually a gentle clean with a soft brush and soapy water will remove this.  Be aware however that excessive cleaning will wear away the colour and reveal the metal underneath.  Plating is also susceptible to knocks and dings and continuous rubbing against clothing may also prematurely wear away the plated metal.

It is recommended when storing Silver that you keep your jewellery in a ziplock bag with an anti tarnish strip which will drastically reduce the natural tarnishing that Silver experiences even when not being worn.  Always remember to renew your tarnish strips regularly if your jewellery is going to remain in storage for a long time.