CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY
STORE YOUR JEWELLERY
Store each piece individually in a pouch or a travel case: to prevent tangles and reduce scratching.
Keep your jewellery somewhere dry: damp or hot conditions can tarnish metals and damage certain stones over time.
PROLONG ITS LIFE
Last thing on and first thing off: avoid contact with nail polish remover, perfume or hairspray, which can cause tarnishing and damage certain stones.
Take off when swimming or cleaning: harsh chemicals may damage your pieces.
Clean your jewellery regularly with designated products and do follow maker’s instructions!
YOUR GOLD & PLATINUM
Between professional servicing, keep your gold and platinum jewellery in order with a non-abrasive cleaner. You can clean your gold jewellery with warm water and a soft brush, dry it with a soft cloth afterwards. Do not expose your gold jewellery to household bleach, your gold is likely to discolour and possibly disintegrate. Keep your gold in a case or a tarnish-resistant, soft pouch made of chamois, silk or leather.
YOUR GOLD-PLATED SILVER
ON LAST, OFF FIRST would be your golden rule: Make sure your hands are free from make-up or cream when putting on and taking off your gold-plated jewellery. Wait a few minutes after applying perfume, make-up or hairspray before putting on your gold-plated jewellery.
Remove your gold-plated jewellery when cooking – oils and other acidic elements may affect your gold-plated rings. When exercising, remove your silver gold-plated jewellery, the sweat and oils from your skin will affect the gold plating and the metal underneath it.
Just as well, before you go to bed, just take it off and put it somewhere safe.
Remove your gold-plated jewellery before swimming in salt water or public pools. Before your weekly house cleaning, take off your gold-plated silver jewellery. Even eco-friendly, gentler household cleaners can wear down the gold plating quickly. Plus, you can avoid unnecessary scratches.
Store your gold-plated jewellery separately to prevent from scratching (a soft bag—one per piece – or a jewellery organiser will do a great job).
Give it a wipe with a microfibre cloth after each use to free your favourite jewellery piece from any substances from your body – you had it on the entire day after all! Wiping it down gently will help to remove oils. You could also soak it briefly in warm, soapy water and dry it with a soft cloth – after an especially hot or active day.
Using & wearing Silver
Use & wear it!: Sterling silver tarnishes, especially when exposed to salty air and products containing sulphur, such as rubber bands and some papers. However, silver that is regularly used typically needs less care, so use or wear your silver every day.
Wash silver by hand, in warm water with a mild detergent.
Dry your silver with a soft cloth immediately after washing, to avoid spotting.
Electrolytic cleaning (aluminium foil, salt and baking soda in a water base) is not recommended.
Use specially intended silver polish.
Avoid "dip" polishes: some may contain harsh chemicals.
An "oxidised" finish is the deliberate blackening of crevices often in the ornamentation of a silver object to make its decorative details stand out. This finish can be removed by overzealous cleaning and polishing – so easy on those!
Protect your pieces from impact against hard surfaces. Gemstones such as amethyst, emerald, opal, pearl, peridot, tanzanite and tourmaline are very delicate and are easily abraded.
Pearl is an organic material, pearls are relatively soft and can scratch easily, especially if stored with other jewellery.
Avoid spraying perfume or other strong chemicals onto your pearls, and keep them away from direct heat.
Do not submerge your pearls in water.
When cleaning your pearls, refrain from using any strong detergents. Instead, wipe them with a dry, lint-free fabric.
Keep your pearls in a soft pouch made of chamois, silk or leather. Preferably in a humid place. Never in a plastic bag.