Caring for your Jewellery
With time your jewellery will eventually begin to wear; it's inevitable unless you stow it away in an air-tight box that never sees daylight. But that's no fun! I think little dents and grazes look sweet on metal, markers that tell a history of a piece well loved.
Here are a few tips to help keep your jewellery in good shape:
Over time silver will naturally start to tarnish, dulling and darkening due to exposure with oxygen or sulphur. Depending on your individual body chemistry one of the best ways to prevent tarnishing is wear your jewellery often as your skin's oils can help to protect it.
To bring back shine a silver polishing cloth is a good and cheap investment! If your jewellery is starting to look a bit dull give it a rinse with warm soapy water and polish with your silver cloth to bring it back to life.
Gold is less prone to tarnishing than silver, but if it's not 100% pure 24k gold it aint gonna stay shiny without the occasional spot of TLC.
To care for your gold jewellery give it a soak in warm soapy water, gently scrub with a soft bristled toothbrush, dry off and then polish with a soft cotton cloth.
Pieces with gems may vary in the kinds of maintenance they can handle - some stones like moonstones and opals are quite sensitive to heat and chemicals, whereas others like sapphires and rubies are a lot more hard-wearing. Get in touch if you have any questions about how best to care for your gemstone jewellery.
It's a good idea to take your jewellery off before swimming, especially in thermal pools. The sulphur and chemicals in hot pools can rapidly oxidise your jewellery turning it black.
To safely store your jewels when you're not wearing them, keep pieces in their own boxes or pouches so that there's no risk of items scratching up against each other. The sun is mighty powerful and can discolour gems over time so store them away somewhere out of direct sunlight.
If a little soak and polish at home isn't quite doing the trick, email me to set up an appointment - I'm happy to re-polish your piece free of charge.