Jewellery Care

It is natural for jewellery to tarnish, blacken or discolour over time, particularly if the piece is worn regularly.  Tarnish is caused by several factors which include:

 

  • Exposure to moisture, humidity, sunlight and oxygen.
  • Acidity (ph balance) of a person’s skin, which in turn is affected, for example, by diet, medication and stress.
  • Exposure to perfume, soap, moisturiser, shampoo etc. and cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid and bleach.
  • Exposure to chlorine.

We advise against:

  • Swimming, showering or undertaking vigorous exercise while wearing jewellery.
  • Exposing jewellery to cleaning agents or cosmetics such as foundations, perfumes, hairsprays.
  • Exposing jewellery to excessive heat or prolonged periods of direct sunlight.
  • Use of commercial silver ‘dip’ solutions as they are unsuitable for cleaning hollow, oxidised, stone-set, pearl or plated jewellery and can cause surface deterioration.
  • Wearing delicate jewellery on more than an occasional basis.