Jewellery is precious and very often sentimental so it pays to look after it properly. Here’s how to keep yours looking it’s best.
Because diamonds can scratch other jewellery (even other diamonds) it’s best to keep your diamond jewellery in a fabric lined jewellery case with dividers. Prevent damage by taking off your jewellery when doing rough jobs like gardening. Diamonds should be cleaned regularly as even your natural skin oils can apply a film that cuts down their brilliance.
Wipe your precious stone jewellery with a clean, soft damp cloth after wearing. When you aren’t wearing the jewellery store it in a soft cloth pouch. With some gemstones such as opals and especially pearls, avoid salt water and chemicals like chlorine bleach, detergents, hairspray and perfume. Wipe clean instantly if they encounter these products.
Store gold jewellery carefully to prevent scratching, a compartmentalised jewellery box makes this easy. Take off your gold jewellery when bathing, showering, or washing up as soap can cause a film that makes the surface appear dull and dingy.
White gold does require special care, we are happy to advise on what is required to retain its brightness.
We recommend that you regularly clean your gold jewellery as perfume, fluoride in water or even the acidity in your skin can cause discolouration.
Like most precious metals, in time silver will tarnish. Simply clean with a mild soap and water solution then pat dry with a soft cloth. If the tarnish is stubborn we recommend using Hagerty’s, a silver cleaning product which is available in store. After the use of silver cleaning products it’s important to rinse thoroughly, normally with hot running water.
Avoid wearing silver jewellery in chlorinated water and when not wearing store it somewhere sealed and dry.
All jewellery is different so ask us how to best clean yours. We can professionally clean your jewellery in store and at the same time advise you on any maintenance that may be required from time to time to ensure that the gems are secure and the setting is in good condition. This can normally be done while you wait and at no cost.