How can I clean my gemstones at home?
With items set with stones, especially Diamonds, once worn things like soaps and hand-creams can stick to the back of the stones and make them look dull. You can gently clean these stones using a soft toothbrush, a pea sized amount of washing up liquid and a warm glass of water. Be very gentle with this process especially items that have claws, as the bristles can get stuck.
You won't be able to bring your items back to a new bright polish without use of a polishing motor. However, You can buy polishing cloths for use at home on jewellery, I would recommend 'Town Talk Polishing Cloths' which can be purchased at some shops or online.
How do I care for my Pearls, Opal, Amber or Coral?
Caring for Pearls, Opal, Amber & Coral can be tricky. This is because these materials are termed as 'Organic' and are not technically 'stones'. These materials can be porous (absorb substances like water). For this reason, items set with Pearls or Opal should ideally be removed when you wash your hands or take a shower/bath. This is to ensure that the material looks the very best for the longest amount of time. To clean these materials, use a soft cloth (cotton is best) and gently rub to remove any surface dirt.
Silver items can also be cleaned using a solution known as 'Silver Dip' this can be purchased from your local hardware shop or supermarket. Follow the advice on the container and if you are in doubt contact me for advice. Silver dip is not advised for products containing Pearls, Opal, Amber or Coral.
Always apply perfume before you put your jewellery on, allow it to dry first so that the chemicals do not come into contact with the piece while they are wet.
It is not recommended to wear your jewellery to the gym. This is one of the main causes of damaged jewellery. Sustained metal against metal contact will do serious damage to your pieces. Always remove items and store them safely beforehand.
The same applies to swimming, regardless of if this is in a pool or the sea. Water temperatures vary, and as such so do our hands. It is very easy to lose a ring whilst swimming. On top of this, certain chemicals for cleaning pools such as Chlorine, have been known to cause accelerated oxidisation of Silver jewellery.
Finally, try to avoid putting all your pieces together in one bag or box. These items can rub together and cause damage to one another. Remember to keep your chains in individual bags to avoid these tangling up together, it will make your life easier in the long run.