Jewelry made from precious metals will scratch and wear naturally over time. These marks become part of the story of your piece. Having said that, it is best to avoid letting your jewelry come into contact with hard materials: steel, concrete, and other hard materials can cause real damage. Wearing your jewelry whilst gardening, swimming or at the gym can damage the surface. Avoid extreme temperatures and exposure to harsh chemicals such as chlorine, bleach or cleaning products, as these will also damage your jewelry.
It’s important to store your jewelry with care, ideally in the box in which it came. Keep it separate from other jewellery, as one item may scratch another.
Sterling silver is a precious metal and may tarnish naturally over time. The tarnishing will be accelerated if it comes into contact with chlorine and bleach, hence these chemicals should be avoided.
To clean silver jewelry that has a matte finish we recommend a silver dip or foam. Silver dip is a specialized bath for silver jewellery that removes tarnish instantly and restores the original shine. Jewelry should be dipped into the solution for 5-10 seconds, removed, and rinsed in cool water. The piece should then be dried with a soft cloth. Silver foam is a paste that is applied to the jewellery with a sponge. Once the sponge has absorbed and removed the tarnished surface, the paste will change colour to grey. The piece should then be rinsed in cool water and dried with a soft cloth.
Oxidised silver jewelry
Oxidised or blackened silver has been given a surface treatment, and the blackening will naturally wear away over time. It varies from what kind of jewelry it is, rings being more exposed to wear than earrings or brooches. Although we consider this a beautiful part of the piece’s life, it is always possible to have the piece re-oxidised. Please contact us here if you would like us to arrange this service for you.
Oxidised jewelry should not be cleaned with a silver dip, as this will remove the treatment. As with all your jewelry, it helps to store oxideized items with care, ideally in the box in which it came. Keep it separate from other jewelry, as one item may scratch another.
The paint is a strong 4 layered system, but will fade with constant wearing, especially round the edges. It varies from what kind of jewelry it is, rings being more exposed to wear than earrings or pendants, and how you take care of it. Always try to prevent from knocks, scratching, chemicals, perfumes and store your jewelry in the box provided when not in use. Your piece can always be painted again and regain the original colour finish.
Enamel is a very fine glass, which is fired onto the surface of metal in a thin layer. It is fragile and needs to be worn with care. We suggest thinking of your enamel piece as glass and treating it as such. Avoid dropping your piece, as this may result in chips in the surface.
The enamel components of your piece won’t change over time, so they won’t need any cleaning.
If cared for properly, you will able to pass your pearls on for generations. Always remember to put your pearls on last, after your perfume and cosmetics, as exposure to these products, along with perspiration and dirt, will age your pearls. Your pearls will benefit from being gently wiped with a slightly damp cloth to remove any dirt.
When not being worn, jewellery strung on silk cord needs to be laid flat to prevent the cord from stretching.
If your pearls are threaded on silk, the silk will naturally stretch and weaken over time. We suggest bringing your threaded jewellery back into the gallery annually to be checked for wear. Pearls will need to be restrung from time to time.