Jewellery Care

With the right care, your jewellery should last for decades and bring you years of enjoyment. These tips are designed to show you how you will get lasting pleasure from your purchases. By taking a little extra time, or adapting practical advice you can keep your jewellery looking like new for longer. 

General

 

The first piece of advice is the easiest! Wear your jewellery as much as possible as this keeps the silver bright. 

Beauty products such as hairspray, perfume, deodorant or nail varnish remover can all affect jewellery, so always put your jewellery on after you have used your cosmetics and sprays. 

Only wear your jewellery at appropriate times and remove when showering, swimming or doing domestic/manual tasks. 

To protect your jewellery from sharp blows, scratching, sunlight and heat or cold we recommend you store your jewellery in The Jewellery Tailors box you received, or your own jewellery box or soft pouch, keeping individual pieces separate. 

Keep chains fastened so that they don’t get tangled up, and take extra care with snake chains by storing them flat and making sure no pressure or weight is put on the chain to help prevent bending or kinks. 

Clean your jewellery regularly, but not using abrasive cleaners - see specific categories for advice. 

 

Cleaning

Sterling Silver

Silver is a beautiful lustrous metal used in making most contemporary jewellery. It does unfortunately have one downside that it tarnishes. The modern world and the way we live means there is a lot of sulphur in the atmosphere, this is what causes tarnish. Centuries ago silver kept its polish for longer as there was very little pollution. 

By polishing your silver frequently using a specially impregnated silver polishing cloth or a soft dry cloth you can ensure that your silver continues to retain its original lustre and shine. Take care not to polish too enthusiastically as silver is actually removed from the surface. When cleaning your silver take care to avoid cleaning the pendant with such cloths as the finish can be affected. 

Swarovski Crystal

We recommend washing your crystals by hand in lukewarm water and a little mild detergent if needed, then rinse under running water, and dry with a soft lint free cloth. Do not use any abrasive or corrosive detergents or silver polishing cloths, as this will remove any AB coating. 

Glass

Handle any glass purchase with extreme care particularly when taking on or off. Make sure these items are kept separately, preferably in a box, to avoid breakages or scratching. Glass can be washed in lukewarm soapy water if required. 

Gemstones

Gemstones can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush if needed. Ensure that the jewellery is not immersed in water for long as some stones are porous, (particularly Lapis and Turquoise) Always dry after cleaning, being careful not to scratch the stones as the hardness varies. Some gemstones should avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight – Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Fluorite, Rose Quartz and Smokey Topaz as they will become paler or may change colour. 

Amber

This is one of the softer gemstones, and although it may be hand washed in soapy water, you must pat dry straight away. 

Pearls

After you have worn your pearls wipe them with a soft cloth, as the slight acid in your perspiration will affect the pearls over time. When cleaning, quickly wash the pearls in water with a mild soap and dry them immediately with a soft cloth as they soak up liquid. Store them in a cloth pouch or wrapped in a piece of cloth because storing your pearls together with other jewellery without protection may scratch them since most items are harder than pearls. Don’t keep them in a sealed plastic bag, pearls need to breathe. Long exposure to direct heat or sunshine may dry and discolour pearls.