Jewellery Care Tips
Here is a list of hints and tips to look after your jewellery and keep it looking as good as they day you bought it.
- Store your jewellery away from exposure to air/environment. A zip/lock plastic bag is a very practical and cheap way to do this. This will be especially useful for silver jewellery, as it will cut down on tarnish significantly.
- Store your jewellery separately, so it doesn’t rub & scratch against each other.
- Do not store jewellery next to windowsills or in the bathroom. Damp and hot condition will cause the jewellery to tarnish badly.
- Skin and hair products can react, causing the silver to tarnish and erode the gold. Perfumes, lotions and creams will tarnish and corrode the jewellery. Apply any scents or cosmetics before you put on your jewellery.
- Remove jewellery when exercising, cleaning, gardening or any other rough or physical work.
- Try not to wear it overnight.
- Hot weather, bright sunlight and perspiration can also speed up the tarnishing process and damage gemstones. Jewellery should always be taken off before the pool, shower or sea.
- A Silver ‘Dip’ solution is a great way to clean silver jewellery, but always make sure the jewellery is rinsed thoroughly with water afterwards and the instructions for the product are strictly followed.
- Semi-precious beads should not be put in the Silver ‘Dip’, as this will damage the beads. Take extra care when cleaning jewellery with gemstones & pearls and if unsure, do ask your local jeweller or contact us for further assistance.
- Gold-plated jewellery can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a really soft toothbrush. Then rinse thoroughly & dry well.
Jewellery Metal information
- Sterling silver in the UK is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. The copper toughens the silver and makes it possible to use for jewellery.
- Sterling silver naturally tarnishes with the exposure to air and the environment as well as perfumes, lotions & perspiration.
- Silver is susceptible to damage by chlorine and salt. Avoid wearing silver jewellery when using chlorine or bleach, or while in a pool, hot tub.
- Pure gold is very soft which makes it unsuitable for most jewellery. To make it stronger, it is alloyed with other metals.
- In the UK there are four, strictly enforced standards for gold jewellery, with regard to the amount of pure gold they include.
- These are 9ct, 14ct, 18ct and 22ct. Pure gold has 24 parts (carats) in 24 of gold, therefore 9ct gold has 9 parts of gold and 15 parts alloying metals and 18ct gold has 18 parts of gold and 6 parts of alloying metals.
- Our gold plating is a layer of gold on top of sterling silver uses 22ct gold-plated sterling silver to give our jewellery the warm yellow gold tone.
- Although solid gold or gold-plated jewellery will not tarnish like silver, it will get dirty with wear and chemicals, lotions, perfumes and moist conditions will corrode it.
- Gold fill wire is created by bonding 12ct or 14ct gold and brass together, it will not wear out and is more durable then gold plating. This is good for wire work and clasps.
Due to the handmade nature of our jewellery and greeting cards, items may vary very slightly to those shown in the photographs.