Jewellery Care



Dust, pollution, oxidisation and daily wear combine to cloud the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of all precious metals. Therefore all jewellery is best stored in plastic ‘seal it’ bags within a fabric outer bag. The sealed bag slows the rate of oxidisation which effects both silver and gold vermeil, and the outer bags protects from scratching and abrasion which can damage the finish of the piece.



Always remove your jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, or even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed. Please note that chlorine is especially damaging to jewellery.
Avoid storing your jewellery next to costume jewellery or watches with leather straps which can create discolouration on precious metals..

GOLD VERMEIL

Gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver -the gold must be at least 10 carat in purity, and at least 1.5 microns thick.
Never wear your gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery.
Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth or even a silver polishing cloth, and do not polish over vigorously. Gold vermeil will fade with time.

STERLING SILVER

Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for everyday wear, therefore, copper is generally used to give it hardness and durability.
As with most precious metals, sterling silver tarnishes, but this process is slower if the piece is worn regularly. To clean, rub with a silver polishing cloth, and store in a sealable bag.
If you use silver dip to clean silver jewellery, ALWAYS make sure the solution is fully rinsed from the piece, and thoroughly dried, otherwise a discolouring coating builds up over time.