GENERAL CARE FOR ALL JEWELLERY TYPES
Your jewellery is important to you, and we want it to always be in perfect condition, looking sensational.
Maintaining your jewellery is just a matter of routine care and cleaning, here are a few helpful tips to keeping your pieces looking as good as new.
- Remove jewellery before entering any aquatic environment, while conducting cleaning tasks or while doing exercise.
- Thoroughly dry your jewellery with a clean, dry and soft cloth once it has been exposed to water.
- Makeup, Perfume and hairspray can damage your jewellery. Make sure that your accessories are the last to be put on.
- Make sure that your jewellery is the first thing to come off before getting undressed.
- Gently wipe your jewellery clean to remove skin oils and makeup.
- To avoid scratching your jewellery you should keep it stored in a separate compartment within your jewellery box.
- Delicate pieces should not be worn every day.
- Diamond pieces should be professionally cleaned once a year.
- Regularly check rings to ensure claws or settings are not damaged.
- If there is damage, avoid wearing the item until it has been checked by a qualified jeweller.
- Prepare a small bowl of warm water with a mild detergent. Brush pieces gently with a soft toothbrush and rinse under warm running water then pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Alternatively you may purchase jewellery cleaner which comes with its own easy to follow instructions or better yet bring it into My Jewellery Shop for a professional clean.
- Pearls are porous and must be kept separately from other jewellery wrapped in a soft cloth or pouch.
- Do not store pearls in an airtight container as they need moisture.
- Ensure your pearls do not touch perfumes or lotions as it may deteriorate the surface of the pearl.
- Ideally, pearls should be restrung every two years to ensure that the pearls are secure.
- Gently wipe the pearls with a warm, damp cloth to remove body oils or dirt (which may harm the colours) before putting them away.
- Wash pearls periodically with mild soap (NOT detergent) and a soft cloth. When finished washing the pearls, rinse them in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry. If the pearls are especially dirty, wipe the pearl with acetone polish remover. Acetone will not hurt pearls. DO NOT use jewellery cleaners with ammonia or vinegar in them.
- White gold jewellery is rhodium plated and is susceptible to wear over time.
- Avoid wearing white gold jewellery while performing household tasks.
- White gold should be professionally cleaned, polished and re-plated annually to ensure longevity and shine.
- In between professional cleans you can maintain your precious jewels at home with jewellery cleaner which comes with its own easy to follow instructions, this available from My Jewellery Shop.
- Polished Silver is usually suitable for everyday wear unless it is a fragile design. It can be cleaned with a silver cleaning cloth. More difficult or stubborn tarnishing may require use of a commercial cleaning metal polish or silver foam.
- Oxidised silver is usually suitable for everyday wear unless it is a fragile design. It is best to clean oxidised silver with a soft cleaning cloth or wash with warm soapy water. Do not use silver dip as this can remove the oxidation.
- Stainless Steel is extremely strong and is suitable for everyday wear. It can be cleaned with a soft cloth or warm soapy water.