How to Look After Your Jewellery
Platinum, silver, and both 14k and 18k gold are not indestructible. Plated jewellery finishes are even more fragile because of the tiny layer of gold over the base metal.
All jewelry is vulnerable to the hard knocks of the physical universe. Rings scratch, bracelets dent, and links rub against each other and wear out.
Silver reacts to moisture and chemicals in the air such as sulphur (in the same way it can react to perfumes and lotions on our skin). It is a completely normal for silver to tarnish over time.
Silver jewellery remains at its shiny best when worn daily or kept in a dry, air-tight box or bag. To clean any tarnishing, simply polish with jewellery polishing cloth to regain a silver finish.
Regular use of a silver cloth removes light tarnish and inhibits re-tarnishing, prolonging the original sparkle of your silver.
Chemicals like chlorine and salt can damage silver so avoid wearing while swimming or when in the shower. Alway remove necklaces before sleeping and avoid storing in humid environments such as the bathroom.
For tarnished chains and delicate or detailed silver jewellery you can use silver jewellery polish.
It’s incredible how quickly it strips your silver of any grease or tarnish and returns it to its former glory. It is able to reach deep crevasses and fine detail, so for silver lovers this is a handy product to have at home.
It is important to rinse very well with warm water to remove any residue before drying.
Once fully dry, rub with a silver polishing cloth to help slow re-tarnishing and give the piece a brighter shine and a protective layer.
Make sure the piece is fully dry and polished before returning to its box or airtight bag for storage.
If you don’t have any silver cleaner at hand, or you don't like to use chemicals, you can try the following method on all-metal pieces, such as chains or bracelets. Do not use this method on jewellery containing gemstones (the heat may cause them to crack or change colour).
Find a glass bowl, or dish suitable for the type of jewellery being cleaned, and line with aluminium foil.
Place your jewellery inside the lined bowl and cover with baking soda, just enough so you can barely see the jewellery.
Next, pour hot water over the jewellery and wait for the bubbling to stop.
After the solution has stopped bubbling, remove the piece, rinse with warm water and buff dry with a soft cotton cloth.
You may need to repeat the process up to 5-6 times for badly tarnished pieces.
Gold Plated Jewellery
It's best to keep Gold Plated jewellery separate from other jewellery as the plating is susceptible to wear.
Gold plated jewellery will tarnish like silver so it is best to keep it in an airtight box or bag.
Remove gold plated jewellery before swimming, bathing or washing your hands with chemical soaps. Perfumes, creams and hairsprays can also have a negative effect, so always apply before putting on your jewellery.
If you would like to clean your gold plated jewellery wash it with a small amount of gentle dish soap or non-chemical soap and warm water.
Rinse it well and allow to dry on a cloth or paper towel. Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth or jewellery cloth and gently rub the surface in a circular motion to clean.
Make sure it is fully dry before returning to its box or airtight bag for storage.
Avoid using a silver cloth as it will remove the gold plating!
Please note that all plating will naturally fade with wear.
Anti Tarnish Tip
If you don't have a jewellery box, we advise you to keep your silver jewellery inside a ziplock bag or air tight container. Add in any silica gel packs you have (often found in shoe boxes and vitamin jars) known as desiccants, they absorb moisture so will help prevent and slow tarnish.
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