Jewellery care

General Jewellery Care

Clean your jewellery after each wearing with a soft cloth before putting it away. This will remove the oils from your skin and debris picked up throughout the day and help prevent tarnish.

Do not put your jewellery on until AFTER you have dressed and applied any cosmetics, hairspray, perfume, lotions and other chemicals. These can dull and even harm your jewellery.

Do not sleep with your jewellery on. This causes unnecessary stress on the components and will make them more likely to break.

Remove jewellery before doing household chores, especially when washing dishes. Remember, many household cleaners contain bleach or other harsh chemicals that are harmful to jewellery.

Do not wear your jewellery swimming or in the shower. Avoid wearing it around chlorinated pools and hot tubs, salt water, mineral springs and suntan lotion.

Be sure to avoid chemicals like alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, acetone, hairspray, perfume and cosmetics.

Sterling Silver Jewellery

Avoid abrasive polishes, dips or scrubbing tools. And remember, dips and commercial jewellery cleaning products will remove the antique patina and any oxidized detailing on silver, gold and copper.

For minor cleaning, use a soft silver polishing cloth.

Do not dry sterling silver with paper towels or tissues because they can scratch the silver. Always use a soft cloth.

Exposure to air, humidity and moisture causes tarnish. To minimize tarnish, store your piece in a zip-top bag with the air squeezed out.

A diluted solution of mild dish liquid and water can be used to clean your silver jewellery. Be sure that you dry it thoroughly removing all traces of moisture before putting it away.

Copper Jewellery

Copper tarnishes over time just like silver. If you like the antique patina, you can just keep it clean by wiping it with a soft cloth. Remember, dips and commercial jewellery cleaning products will remove the antique patina and any oxidized detailing on silver, gold and copper.

 Pearl Jewellery

Pearls are soft and can be easily scratched. They can also be damaged by extreme dryness, but never immerse them completely in water. An occasional cleaning with a moist, soft cloth is best.

Be sure to avoid chemicals like alcohol, ammonia, bleach, chlorine, acetone, hairspray, perfume and cosmetics.

Do not use a silver polishing cloth on pearls.

Semi-Precious Gemstone Jewellery

Do not use dips or abrasive cleaners on gemstones.

Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia or other chemical solution to clean opaque gemstones like onyx, turquoise, and opals. These stones are porous and may absorb the chemicals causing discoloration.

Do not immerse your semi-precious gemstone jewellery in saltwater.

Wipe them gently with a moist cloth and then dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth before putting them away.