A few simple guidelines to keep your jewellery looking its best for years to come.
Avoid exposure to household chemicals, perfume, hairspray and cosmetics – put your jewellery on after applying cosmetics and hair products.
Remove jewellery before showering.
Do not use silver dip on items with stones, pearls or oxidisation as it is known to remove colour from certain types of porous stones, for example pearls, and if your jewellery has an oxidised finish the dip will remove the patina.
To minimise scratching and wearing off of oxidisation it is advisable to store your items of jewellery so that they do not touch and scratch each other.
Sterling silver is an alloy made with 92.5 % silver and 7.5 % copper, over time copper reacts with sulphur found in the air, and this naturally causes the item to tarnish.
To clean sterling silver polished items I would recommend a silver polishing cloth, such as those made by Goddard’s (these are widely available). For pieces with stones, polish the chain and pins with your cloth but avoid rubbing the stones.
My gold vermeil items are plated with a durable, 2.5 micron-thick layer of hard gold plating. This type of plating is known as “hard” because there is a small amount of alloying which reduces the pure 24ct gold to 23.7ct. This doubles the hardness of the deposit.
Avoid using a silver polishing cloth. Clean with a soft cloth, or with gentle detergent and a soft toothbrush.
A black or grey oxidised finish is created using a chemical treatment which advances the natural tarnishing process. It is not a permanent finish and over time can wear off. This can give the piece a wonderful antiqued character, as raised areas will wear away to a polished silver finish, leaving recessed areas black.
Do not use silver dip on items with stones, pearls or oxidisation as it is known to remove colour from certain types of porous stones, and if your jewellery has an oxidised finish the dip will remove the patina.
Store separately from your sterling silver items as it may cause them to tarnish more quickly.
If you’d like to restore the dark finish of your jewellery I am happy to reoxidise pieces. Please email me to see if this will be possible – items including pearls and other soft stones cannot usually be re-oxidised without damaging the stones.