- Get those marigolds out! Detergents are harmful to jewellery so it’s best to de-bling before you start those household chores.
- Skinny dipping is the best advice when it comes to jewellery. Chlorine, salt water and fresh water will damage your precious gems and metals.
- Feel free to take a bath or shower wearing your jewellery but reach for the polishing cloth, along with your towel, as soap and water will leave a thin film making your jewellery seem dull.
- As you pop on your climbing boots, please pop off your rocks! Silver and gold are soft metals and not advisable for outdoor pursuits or indoor DIY.
- We know you love glamour, but please complete your beauty regime before you adorn yourself in jewellery. Perfume, hair spray, make-up and other beautifying products simply don’t mix well with contemporary jewellery.
- Jewellery likes to be wrapped up safely in a soft cloth or acid-free tissue, and on its own, so that it doesn’t become scratched or damaged by other pieces.
- When it’s ‘off duty’ your contemporary designer jewellery loves to be cosseted in a soft pouch or box.
- We all look beautiful after a good old wash, and jewellery is no exception! Just like the car you drive, once in a while, jewellery benefits from an MOT. A good professional clean by a jeweller will help you and your precious baubles stay together longer.
- Regular home cleaning will also keep your rocks sparkling. A mild soap and water solution along with a soft brush is the best option for most jewellery. After a delicate yet sumptuous bath carefully rinse & dry your precious jewels with a lint-free cloth.
CARING FOR DIAMONDS
The toughest mineral known, this beautiful gemstone should still be treated with due care and respect. Diamonds can chip if they are knocked at the wrong angle or on a part of the diamond that has a natural flaw. Clean & polish them regularly for maximum sparkle.
CARING FOR GOLD & PLATINUM
Unlike silver, these precious metals don’t tarnish. Jewellery made from gold and platinum will scratch and take on signs of the life that they lead. Store them safely, clean and polish them often, and your jewels will thank you.
The softest precious metal used for making jewellery, silver can easily tarnish if not being worn regularly. It’ll also scratch more easily than gold and platinum, so heavy handedness is to be avoided please.
Gold vermeil will fade over time. To minimise this, avoid wearing gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. To clean gold vermeil jewellery wipe gently with a chemical free, soft & dry cloth.
Pearls should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acids and alkalis so avoid contact with cosmetics. Before storing pearls wipe them with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Amber is a soft material and very sensitive to acid, alcohol and perfumes so please apply body creams and perfumes prior to wearing your amber jewellery. If your amber becomes dull, you can usually regain lustre by gently rubbing with a small drop of olive oil and a soft cotton cloth.
Regular, gentle cleaning and polishing will keep your gems bright and beautiful. Gemstone hardness is measured using the MOHS scale; diamond is the least likely mineral to scratch, with a hardness value of 10 whereas talc has a hardness of 1. Gemstones belong to different “families” of minerals; which have different hardness values. Ruby and sapphire are both corundum (MOHS hardness 9); aquamarine and emerald are both beryl (MOHS 7.5 – 8).
Contemporary jewellery made with synthetic materials need a little more TLC than jewellery made with precious metals and gemstones. Resins, nylons, glass and base metals cannot withstand the same wear and tear as your proper jewellery, so do bear this in mind when you’re out and about sporting your fave piece of 3D printed or costume jewellery.
Titanium is as strong as steel but 45 percent lighter. It is twice as strong as aluminium. Titanium is resistant to dilute sulphuric and hydrochloric acid, most organic acids, most chlorine gas and chloride solutions, which means its safe to swim in your titanium jewellery. All in all, titanium is a fairly safe bet if you’re looking for a piece of jewellery you can live your active life with (remembering to remove if free-climbing up a cliff!).