Your special trinkets does need some love! But if you look after your jewellery and follow some basic guidelines your jewellery can shine longer. Treat it with care - avoid chemicals, sun cream, body lotion, perfume and hair spray directly on your pieces as this may cause discolour. Also avoid swimming, exercising and showering with your jewellery.
Always store your jewellery individually in pouches or boxes to avoid scratching and rubbing. Sealed plastic bags are good for keeping air out and avoid oxidation when stored. Check your jewellery regularly for wear and tear to avoid any further damage.
Silver and Gold plated Silver can tarnish when not worn, to remove use a silver dip or a non abrasive silver polish. Pieces with semi precious stones stay looking prettier for longer for if they stay away from water and damp conditions, so avoid showering and storing in your bathroom.
Gold Plated: Gold plated pieces have less quality than gold filled jewellery. Plated jewellery has been coated with a thin layer of gold over silver or a base metal. Gold plating is a surface finish and can be susceptible to wear but if looked after correctly patina should only occur over a long period of time. We also offer a gold re-plating service if required.
Gold Filled: Gold filled is the next best to solid gold. Gold filled jewellery is manufactured by laminating a sheet of gold over a base metal and should be at least 5% of the total weight of the piece. The layer of golg is extremely hard wearing and should last you for years depending on wear. Pieces that rub togther will have a shorter life.
Sterling Silver: Metal composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy, usually copper.