JEWELLERY CARE

Jewellery is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories.
Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewellery
can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and
keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.

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BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHT AND HEAT

Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light.
Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light. Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems.
Heat can easily remove the natural moisture some of these gems need to keep their beauty.

KEEP YOUR JEWELRY AWAY FROM CHEMICALS

Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolor precious metals – gold, silver and platinum – and may harm some colored gems. Even everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, perfume or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that will permanently damage the surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous gems (like turquoise). Fine jewelry should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool or before using household cleaners. Many of these cleaners contain ammonia, which can be too harsh for delicate gems or vintage jewelry.

GIVE TREATED GEMS SPECIAL CARE

Many colored gemstones are routinely treated to improve the appearance of color and clarity. These treatments can be negatively affected by heat, solvents, steam and ultrasonic cleaners. Knowing whether your gem has been treated is the first step to knowing how to care for it.

THE SAFEST CLEANING METHODS ARE ALSO THE EASIEST

Most colored gems can be cleaned with warm water, mild dish soap and a soft brush. A pulsed-water dental cleaning appliance and a soft cloth can also be used. Be sure to rinse your jewelry in a glass of water to remove cleaning solutions.

USE ULTRASONIC CLEANERS WITH CAUTION

While you can purchase a professional ultrasonic cleaner for $150 or less, you should be aware that not all gems and jewelry can be safely cleaned in it (depending on heat, surfaces etc).
What’s more, the vibration generated by the machine can sometimes shake gems loose or chip gems that are set with their girdles touching.
This type of cleaning is best left to jewelry professionals who know about different gem materials and understand when and how to use the ultrasonic cleaner safely.

SAFELY STORE YOUR JEWELLERY

Proper jewelry storage is often overlooked. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser.
Most jewelry pieces come in a box or pouch from the store, which is a perfect place to keep them.
When traveling, protect your jewelry pieces from scratches or other impact damage by padding it in a separate box or case.
Many jewelry stores offer free check-up or professional cleaning at scheduled intervals: Jewelry should be checked every six months and cleaned frequently.

Containing no oxides, pure gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken with your gold jewellery. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal; for example, 14 carat gold tends to be more resistant to scratching than 18 carat gold. We recommend that you wear rings of a similar carat together, e.g. your wedding and engagement ring.


CLEANING

Gold should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint free cloth or even better a gold polishing cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking its best.

White Gold – White gold is achieved by combining pure gold with alloys such as silver and palladium. As the natural colour of white gold is a greyish colour, almost all white gold jewellery is plated with a metal called Rhodium which is used to brighten its colour. Rhodium is very white and very hard but it may wear eventually.

Yellow Gold – Pure gold is a metallic yellow; alloys such as copper and silver are used as the principal metals used for gold alloy.

Rose Gold – Rose gold is the result of varying the proportions of copper and silver in the alloy, resulting in a beautiful pinkish hue. We use a bespoke alloy for our rose gold to create a universally flattering hue.

Derived from the Spanish term platina del Pinto which literally translates as ‘little silver of the Pinto river’, platinum is naturally silvery white in appearance, and does not require rhodium plating like white gold. A very dense, malleable and precious metal, platinum is resistant to corrosion and incredibly hardwearing. This makes platinum is suitable to be worn every day; however, care should still be taken to prevent scratches.


CLEANING

Platinum jewellery can be cleaned with a mild soapy water solution and a soft bristle brush. Over time platinum jewellery develops a natural patina which can be easily polished.

Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for everyday wear; therefore, copper is generally used to give it strength while at the same time preserving the ductility of the metal and its beauty.As with most precious metals, sterling silver tarnishes; having said this, it is less likely to happen as quickly if regularly worn.


CLEANING

Clean your silver jewellery in warm soapy water, ensuring that it is rinsed thoroughly and dried before storing. Alternatively polish your silver jewellery with a soft cloth.

Quite simply, gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10 carat and at least 1.5 microns thick.Never wear your gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery.


CLEANING

Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth or even a silver polishing cloth. Gold vermeil will fade with time.

As an organic material, pearls are much softer than most other gemstones and can be easily scratched. A little help is at hand with our following list of do’s and don’ts:


DO

Do wear your pearls. As an organic material they react well to the natural oils in your skin and it is the best way to maintain their lustre.Do wipe your pearls with a soft cloth after wearing, and occasionally wipe clean with mild soapy water. Allow the pearls to dry before putting them away.Do have your pearl necklace re-strung every few years; to prevent abrasion, most jewellers knot pearls on silk thread which wears in time.

DO NOT

Do not store your pearls with other jewellery as they can easily be scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them.Do not store pearls in plastic bags, always store in the box or silk pouch that they should be supplied with.Do not clean your pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner; the vibrations can shatter them, especially if the nacre is thin or cracked.Do not use chemical cleaners; especially those containing ammonia and bleach, as this will destroy their lustre.Do not expose to excessive heat; because they contain organic material and water, pearls can also crack if exposed to excessive dryness.

A mineral composed of pure carbon, diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance known; however, they can still suffer chips and fractures from sharp blows.It is possible to scratch a diamond with a diamond, so please take care when wearing and storing your diamond jewellery.


CLEANING

Clean your diamonds with warm soapy liquid and a soft toothbrush, rinsing the stone and setting afterwards to ensure no soapy residue.

A gemstone is a mineral highly prized for its beauty, durability, and rarity. A few noncrystalline organic materials are also classified as gemstones such as pearl, coral and amber.Gemstone hardness is based on a standard called the Mohs scale, where the higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone. It is important to consider this when cleaning, wearing and storing your gemstone jewellery.


CLEANING

The build-up of hand cream, finger prints and general dirt is common amongst your most loved jewellery, and can easily be cleaned. As a rule of thumb, gemstones at 7 and above on the Mohs scale can be cleaned with warm water, a touch of mild soap and a soft brush. For gemstones less than 7, swap the soft brush for a soft cloth.All gemstones also susceptible to damage by chemicals, water and even sunlight but prolonged exposure to the latter may cause certain gemstones to become paler. Examples include amethyst, ametrine, aquamarine, aventurine, beryl, citrine, kunzite, rose quartz and smoky quartz.Some gemstones such as opal, pearl and turquoise are fairly porous and should not be immersed in water for too long.Particular care should be taken when cleaning your emerald jewellery. A widespread practice is to treat emeralds with some form of fine oil in order to disguise the very frequent appearance of flaws. For this reason, emeralds should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning device; as such treatment will usually empty any flaws which reach the surface of the stone of any oil content, with a disastrous effect on appearance.