All jewellery benefits from being handled and worn with care, and being kept clean. When not wearing jewellery, always keep it in a soft pouch or jewellery box and out of direct sunlight. When in transit protect in a box or pouch. Check that fastenings are secure on earrings, necklaces and bracelets when changing clothing.
Wearing jewellery in bed, while swimming, showering or at the gym should be avoided. Take care not to knock your rings or bangles on hard surfaces such as door handles or glass tables, as the metal may dent and gemstones can crack or chip. Apply hair products and toiletries before putting on your jewellery.
Eternity rings need special care, especially, full eternity rings. A knock onto a hard surface can chip, crack or even shatter a diamond. Diamonds are the hardest stone known to man, but are not infallible.
18k gold jewellery
Both 18k yellow, white and rose gold need little polishing and although care should always be taken, they need little maintenance.
Black rhodium plated
Black Rhodium plating is used to give metal a black finish, which, in our jewellery is then strengthened with an added layer of protective coating.
Plating is vulnerable to the everyday wear and tear, especially rings. As a result of exposure to the factors previously mentioned such as water, chemicals, perspiration, perfume, etc. The longevity of the plating is determined by limiting the jewellery’s contact to these elements.
To clean plated jewellery, wash it in warm water, using a mild pH neutral soap if necessary, then with an old toothbrush or soft brush, you can very gently clean the jewellery. Make sure not to use a polishing cloth as they contain chemicals made only for silver or gold and consequently ruin the plating. Then carefully dry the piece with a non-abrasive soft cloth to avoid spotting.
Gemstones & pearls
All gemstones can be kept sparkling using washing up liquid, warm water and either a sponge or an old toothbrush. For gemstone rings, use an old toothbrush and warm soapy water to gently clean the gemstone, including behind the stone. Diamonds and sapphires are both very refractive gemstones but really do benefit from being kept clean. A knock onto a hard surface can chip or even shatter a stone – although diamonds and sapphires have a hardness of 10 & 9 on the Moh’s scale they are not infallible. Aquamarine, tourmaline, spinel, tanzanite, zircon and other coloured gemstones such as kunzite, chrysoberyl or morganite should always be worn with the care and be kept clean in the same way as diamonds and sapphires to retain their beauty. Certain stones are porous (e.g. labradorite, pearls, turquoise) and must not be immersed in cleaning products, please check product labels carefully.
Avoid knocking gem set rings on hard surfaces; take off when using potentially damaging equipment.
Clean pearls using a clean duster or a pearl cleaning set available from specialist stores. Chain linked pearls can be immersed in warm water and sponged, but strung pearls should not be immersed at all. Strung pearls such as south sea or fine fresh water pearls should not be immersed or worn in water. Clean with a clean soft cloth or professional pearl cleaner.
Pearls love to be worn as moisture from the skin enhances the lustre. Always apply perfumes and creams before putting on your pearl jewellery.