Jewellery needs to be respected and looked after. As much as we love to wear our jewellery to do the gardening or colour our hair, it is not designed to withstand this sort of treatment and can potentially be worn or damaged. Some gemstones are more susceptible to damage than others and some metals are more easily worn than others. Daily exposure with substances like hand cream, hair spray and household cleaning products, can be detrimental to the visual appearance and durability of your jewellery. By following our simple guidelines below, you should be able to keep your jewellery in excellent condition*.
v When applying hairspray, make-up or perfume, be sure to put your jewellery to one side to avoid contact with any harsh chemicals
v If you're a fitness fanatic or casual exerciser, remember to remove your jewellery before working out. Any knocks or jolts could open up loose settings allowing for the gems to fall out. Especially be aware of swimming, showering and bathing. Not only can chemicals in the water tarnish gold, but certain gemstone treatments can be affected by sudden changes in temperature.
v If you're like us and required to do the occasional spot of housework, then remember to place your jewellery in a safe place to be sure you don’t damage any settings or stones. Some gemstones are very durable, but others are a little more susceptible to chipping.
v At the end of the day when your jewellery is being put away, try to store each piece separately. Use small soft pouches or even squares of bubble wrap to avoid any unnecessary tangling or accidental damage.
v To brighten up your jewellery collection, add some warm water and mild washing up liquid in to a small container. Using a soft bristled brush (a babies toothbrush for example), carefully sweep away any dirt holding the jewel over the bowl. Rinse off any dirty water using a small jug of clean, cool water making sure to hold the jewel over the original bowl. Pat dry with a lint free cloth.
v If your jewellery pieces are particularly old or delicate, please proceed with caution and take it to your local Jeweller. They will be able to assess the piece and carry out a professional clean if appropriate.
Gemstones to take particular care with: Emerald, Pearl, Opal, Tanzanite, Coral, Amber, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli
*Please note that we at The Jewellers are only offering advice and are in no way responsible for the care or damage of your jewellery items, purchased from ourselves or otherwise.