How do I clean my jewellery?
If your jewellery has become dull and lost its sparkle, it’s likely it has become tarnished. Tarnishing is the result of oxygen and other gases in the air combining with the surface of metal, eventually causing dis-colouration of jewellery. Thankfully it’s easy to fix by following a few simple steps:
1. Use a soft toothbrush with a little liquid soap and brush your jewellery well. The aim here is to remove any residue from oils, creams and perfumes.
2. Place your jewellery into silver dip for a maximum of 5 seconds. (This can possibly be extended slightly for heavy tarnishing, but please always read and follow the instructions on your particular brand of silver dip.
3. Rinse thoroughly in lukewarm water and dry with a kitchen roll. Be carefully to get all the water off. If you have a hairdryer use it to thoroughly dry the silver.
4. Buff only the polished areas lightly with a jewellery polishing cloth. Areas with a matt or organic finish should only be lightly wiped very occasionally, otherwise the effect will be lost
My jewellery still looks dull. What should I do?
If after thoroughly cleaning and dipping your jewellery, it still appears dull and tarnished, a refurbish at our workshop may be required. Please get in touch with us, so we can advise the cost of this service.
How should I store my jewellery?
If you are not wearing your jewellery—and particularly for long periods of time—we always recommend storing it in a sealed plastic bag. Expel as much air from the bag as possible and seal it.
Each item of jewellery should be stored separately to prevent items becoming scratched or tangled.
A special note about chains
When storing jewellery with a chain, we recommend removing the pendant and putting it in a separate sealed plastic bag. This will help avoid unnecessary stress on catches.
It’s always a good idea to check that catches on chains are secure before wearing. Regularly give chains a careful wipe with a jewellery cleaning cloth. This will help keep them clean and free of oils that can build up and lead to tarnishing.
Tips on how to wear your jewellery
Jewellery is the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
• Put on your jewellery last when getting ready as this will help minimise contact with perfumes, creams, hairspray, etc. It will also help avoid snagging on clothes.
• Minimise prolonged contact with water wherever possible. Avoid wearing your jewellery when showering, when in the bath, and when swimming.
• Remove your jewellery at the end of each day and don’t wear it to bed.
• Wipe your jewellery regularly with a jewellery anti-tarnish cloth to help it stay clean and reduce the need to use silver dip.
If after reading this and following the instructions you still have problems use the contact form and explain whats wrong and we shall assist you.