HOW TO CLEAN JEWELRY AT HOME
Dust, pollution and daily wear can affect the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of the metal. As with all the finer things in life, you should take care to protect you jewelry. One of our simpler suggestions if to store it in a dry area, away from direct sunlight.
For more further information on cleaning jewelry, please continue reading our guide.
- For our silver collections, we suggest to lightly clean with a lint soft cloth.
- Keep your jewelry safe in the packaging provided or in a jewelry box.
- Avoid your jewelry coming into contact with chemicals (i.e. perfumes and hairspray)
Pure gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish as it contains no oxide. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and we handling gold jewelry with care. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal. For example, 14ct gold tends to be more resistant to scratching than 18ct gold. We recommend that you wear rings of a similar carat together, e.g. your wedding and engagement ring.
For platinum jewelry, clean with a mild soapy water solution and a soft bristle brush. Over time platinum jewelry develops a natural patina which can be easily polished.
For gold, clean regularly to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint-free cloth or a gold polishing cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewelry looking its best.
White Gold: The natural colour of white gold is a greyish colour, thus is rhodium plated to bright its colour. Rhodium is very white and very hard but it may wear eventually.
Yellow Gold: Pure gold is a metallic yellow. It consists of the alloys of copper and silver.
- Rose Gold: Rose gold is the result of varying proportions of copper and silver in the alloy. This results in a beautiful pinkish hue. We use a bespoke alloy for our rose gold to create a flattering hue for our jewelry.
Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for everyday wear so copper is generally used to give it strength. Whilst 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.
Clean your silver jewelry in warm soapy water. Then, rinse it thoroughly and dry before storing. Or, polish your silver jewelry with a soft cloth.
Vermeil Jewelry Care
Gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10ct and at least 1.5 microns thick.
Never wear your gold vermeil jewelry in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine can damage and discolour your gold vermeil jewelry.
Gently clean your gold vermeil jewelry with a soft polishing cloth. Gold vermeil will fade with time.
Diamonds and sapphires are some of the hardest materials (10 and 9 respectively on the Mohs scale). Yet, this does not mean they are indestructible. A knock onto a hard surface can chip or sometimes shatter a stone.
Not all precious and semi-precious stones can be cleaned in the same way. What works well for one stone, might damage another. Please see our guide below:
- Diamonds – clean with warm soapy water and a soft cloth clean toothbrush. All the while, taking care not to scratch the settings of your jewelry.
- Likewise, with the following gemstones: amethyst, citrine, garnet, peridot, ruby, sapphire, topaz, zircons.
- Pearls – clean with warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth to protect the nacre (the pearl’s outer coating).