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Jewellery Care

 

You've searched forever and found what you were looking for, and now you want to wear it all day, every day! We get it, you want to wear your beautiful pieces 24-7, but for a lot of jewellery that is not ideal. While some earrings and rings can be worn always and rarely taken off, for the most part you should develop a jewellery care process to keep your favourites in great shape. Jewellery care should be an extension of your self-care routine, taking pride in the pieces you've lovingly chosen or have been gifted!

General Care

Always remove jewellery before exercise. Believe it or not our own sweat can cause metals to change colour or oxidize. Careful weight training as well. You can damage or bend rings when handling a barbell and the like.

Always remove jewellery before swimming, hot-tubbing or going into a sauna. Chemicals in pools, and the heat in saunas (and even ocean water) can permanently damage jewellery.

Always remove jewellery before bed. Chains especially can become entangled as we can move a lot in our sleep. Earring posts can also cause discomfort when lying on your side.

Jewellery should be the last thing you put on when getting ready. Perfumes, lotions, sunscreen, and hair products can alter metal colours and permanently damage pearls and opals, and other soft stones

When not wearing your jewellery, store cleaned pieces in a cloth pouch (for gold or costume pieces), or in small plastic baggies (for silver and gold vermeil). Try not to store chains together as they can easily become tangled, and always do up the clasp!

Silver

Silver can oxidize easily depending on what it is exposed to. Great news it can come back to it's beautiful lustre very quickly and easily with a polishing cloth.

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For highly ornate pieces, really dirty or oxidized silver, or matte finish pieces, a gentle scrub with a paste made of baking soda and water and a soft toothbrush, or your fingers, can clean silver beautifully. Make sure to rinse and dry well afterwards and before putting away for storage. 

Gold Fill

First of all what is it? Yellow or Rose gold filled jewellery is a good quality, more affordable alternative to solid gold. Also known as “rolled gold” or “gold overlay”, it’s easily confused with gold plating. The key difference is that gold filled is solid gold mechanically fused to the under metal, comprising at least 5% of overall weight. Solid (or karat) gold jewellery can be a substantial investment. However, buying gold filled jewellery over solid gold is definitely going to save you a few dollars. It’s also much more valuable than purchasing gold plated items. Unlike gold plating, gold filled jewellery is tarnish resistant and won’t turn your skin green! Furthermore, if you care for gold filled jewellery properly, it will last you a lifetime. 

If you see a piece labeled “gold vermeil”, this means it’s a gold plating over sterling silver, these pieces should be treated like silver. Items labeled “gold plated” often are brass under a thin layer of gold. 

Care Tips for Gold-fill

 All of the General Care tips listed above would apply to Gold-fill pieces as well.

Clean your gold filled jewellery regularly using a very mild soap & warm water to wash and a soft cloth to pat dry.

Gently wipe your gold filled piece with a jewellery polishing, non-scratch cloth every now and again to promote shine.

Keep your gold filled jewellery as dry as possible and away from pesky humidity! Make sure you store it individually in an air-tight plastic bag as rubbing it against other jewellery can cause it to lose its sheen.

Brass

Brass is an affordable alternative to gold for a lucky group, however, for some it can cause discolouration of the skin, temporarily causing a green or black tinge on the skin. Not to worry, as it easily washes off. If you have that gorgeous brass ring that you love so much but this happens, a simple solution is to clean and polish the ring well and and simply coat the inside of the metal with clear nail polish. This will create a barrier between the metal and the skin. Brass, like silver, can be brought back to its original shine with some 'elbow grease' and a polishing cloth. For very stubbornly oxidized pieces of Brass an emergency fix is a vinegar & water bath. ( 2 parts water, 1 part vinegar) quickly dip the item, swish around for a moment and immediately remove and rinse away the solution with clean water and pat dry. While vinegar can clean Brass it can also leave permanent dark spots, and even corrosion if not removed and rinsed properly. Proceed with caution.

Gold & Platinum

All of the General Care tips listed above would apply to Gold and Platinum pieces as well.

Clean regularly with jewellery cleaning cloth or mild soapy water. Using a soft toothbrush, scrub the metal gently. Rinse thoroughly under warm water, avoiding the sink drain. Dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. Do not soak or brush delicate gemstones that are mounted in your gold or platinum jewellery such as pearls, mother of pearl, opal, tanzanite, emerald. 

The most common issue with rings we wear everyday is hand cream and sunscreen building up around the stones. Diamonds attract oils and dirt, so if you can remove your rings when applying creams, this will decrease the need for cleaning to keep your sparkles sparkling!

Two of our locations are equipped with an Ultrasonic Cleaner, drop by and leave your jewellery for an Ultrasonic Spa treatment!