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Caring for your jewellery

General

Take care of your jewellery and it will shine for years. Each piece of jewellery is individual, but as a general guide we advise the following:

  • Gently rub gold and silver jewellery with a soft, clean cloth to maximise the shine.
  • Jewellery set with gems can be brought to life by careful cleaning with a soft brush and soapy water, or with a proprietary jewellery cleaning solution.
  • Try not to get threaded pearl or bead jewellery wet and only wet antique jewellery after specialist advice - you could ruin it.
  • Wipe pearls with a soft damp cloth after wearing to remove perfume, hairspray and anything else likely to damage them.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners on jewellery.
  • You can use silver ‘dip’ type cleaners on most silver jewellery - but rinse and dry them thoroughly.
  • Don’t use silver ‘dip’ type cleaning solutions on gold jewellery, only special jewellery cleaners.
  • Keep jewellery carefully stored and separated - not jumbled together in a draw.
  • Keep chains fastened so that they don’t get tangled up.
  • A professional should check jewellery for damage or wear, on a regular basis.
  • Make sure you have a detailed insurance valuation for your jewellery. For further information please see the other services section of our website.

If in any doubt about the care, repair or valuation of your jewellery just call in to us and we will be happy to advise.

Cultured Pearls

  • Cultured pearls are formed inside oysters. As they are of organic origin they are particularly susceptible to damage. For this reason you should treat cultured pearls with great care.
  • Cosmetics including perfume and hairspray should be applied before you put on any cultured pearl jewellery, otherwise the nacre, or skin, can become permanently damaged. After wearing, clean it with a soft dry cloth.
  • Should you need to wash your cultured pearl jewellery, do it with water and maybe a drop or two of detergent. Don’t use any form of chemicals, as they are most likely to damage the cultured pearls.
  • Cultured pearls are soft and any rough treatment such as carrying in a handbag or putting them loose in a jewellery box may also damage them. Wrap them in tissue for protection.
  • Everyday wear, and the natural constituents of your skin can have a detrimental effect on the silk used to thread your cultured pearls, we advise that you get them checked if your are unsure. The frequency of rethreading depends on many different factors, but once a year is a good idea.
Silver

Silver is a beautiful lustrous metal, used in making much of contemporary jewellery. It does unfortunately have one downside, and that is tarnish. The modern world and the way we live means there is a lot of sulphur in the atmosphere, this is what causes tarnish. Centuries ago silver kept its polish far longer as there was very little pollution. Regular cleaning and polishing will restore the original look of silver, but take care not to polish too enthusiastically, as silver is actually removed from the surface. We sell a variety of silver cleaners and cloths in store. 


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