Caring for your precious possessions
To ensure that your items continue to sparkle as they did the day you bought them we recommend that all jewellery is stored out of direct sunlight and cleaned regularly. Items should be wrapped individually to avoid contact with other materials that may cause scratching to the surface.
Precious stones such as diamonds can be cleaned with a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water, however it is better to use a soft cloth with softer gemstones such as opal and turquoise as they are more susceptible to scratches.
We recommend that strung jewellery be stored flat as prolonged hanging can stretch the stringing thread.
Silver tarnishes easily when exposed to the air, however it can be polished gently with a lint-free cloth although take care not to rub too hard when polishing as this can actually remove the silver itself. A silver cleaning solution can also be used if the tarnishing is particularly bad.
Vermeil is sterling silver that has been gold plated. Care should be taken when storing vermeil jewellery to avoid contact with other materials that may be detrimental to the surface plating. Avoid wearing gold-plated jewellery when swimming, showering and applying cosmetics to prolong the longevity of the finish.
Gold filled is a layer of gold pressure bonded to another metal. It is tarnish resistant and does not rub off or turn colours. Gold filled is to be cared for and treated as solid gold by cleaning with a soft toothbrush in lukewarm soapy water and polishing with a lint-free polishing cloth.
Although gold doesn't tarnish, it can become dirty. The best way to clean gold set with gemstones is to use lukewarm soapy water and a toothbrush followed by a polish with a lint-free soft cloth.
Enjoying and taking care of your pearls
Pearls are the world's only organic gemstone, and therefore can be quite delicate. Proper care of your pearls is essential to ensure your investment will last a lifetime. If stored for too long without wear your pearls can become dehydrated, it is therefore beneficial to their condition to be enjoyed and worn frequently.
To maintain their lustre they should be the last thing that you put on, after applying make-up and perfume and the first thing that you take off before undressing. By wiping them gently with a clean damp cloth before putting away you will remove any cosmetics that may have come in contact with them whilst they were worn. We advise that your pearls be stored in a soft fabric jewellery pouch, for example velvet or silk as they may be scratched if they come I contact with sharp objects or other gemstones. We recommend that the stringing of your pearls be checked every 18-24 months depending on frequency of wear as the thread will suffer from wear and tear.