LOOKING AFTER YOUR JEWELLERY
Many factors can influence the condition of jewellery. Therefore you should make sure that your jewellery is properly cleaned, repaired and stored. Take care to avoid extreme humidity or heat as this may cause tarnishing. This will keep your pieces looking their best.
Silver jewellery will naturally tarnish over time, so always protect your jewellery from knocks, scratches, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold to minimise these effects. But it is generally hard-wearing and can be cleaned very easily.
Gold vermeil is an overlay of gold over a base of sterling silver. Gold vermeil jewellery requires special care. Remember to store your gold vermeil jewellery in an airtight container when not in use—and to remove before applying perfumes, lotions, or before bathing. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery. Avoid wearing gold vermeil jewellery while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.
To protect your jewellery, pieces should be individually placed in a pouch or within a soft lined box to stop them being scratched or tangled. Ideally store your jewellery in a dark, cool and dry place, and try to keep pieces apart, so that they don't rub together or tangle up.
Using a soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep silver and 18ct yellow gold vermeil jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. A silver cleaner can also be used to clean sterling silver pieces. Ideally, store silver pieces in an airtight bag to help reduce tarnishing. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching.
Since many gemstones are quite delicate, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times. We advise cleaning your precious stones with a clean, soft, damp cloth after wearing. Very porous stones such as turquoise and emeralds should be cleaned using an untreated, dry, soft cloth only. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean gemstones as they can cause scratching.