The moment you purchase your Jewelry almost instantly you fall in love with that beautiful possession, it represents who you are and how special that piece of Jewellery makes you feel. It is obvious you will want to care for it, here are some valuable tips.
Wear your Jewellery with pride and handle with gentle care as its one of your valuable possession. Almost all Jewellery should be kept away from chemicals such as perfumes, hair sprays, cosmetics, detergents, washing up liquids, sunscreen lotions, etc., you name it anything with chemicals, but please keep away from it. Or even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed. Take your jewellery off you when you shower or washing your hands, doing household cleaning, gardening, or any type of labour intensive work while you may handle tools or machinery or when you are at the beach. Please note that chlorine is especially damaging to jewellery.
Jewellery with special treatments such as different kind of finishes or plating should be worn occasionally to preserve their beauty. Jewellery is delicate, dropping them or knocking on hard surface may damage them or chip away.
Clean your Jewellery
To retain the sheen of your precious jewellery it should always be kept clean. With the exceptions of pearls and some semi-precious gemstone jewellery almost all type can be washed with warm soapy water, rinse them carefully in warm clean water and dry them wipe with jewellery cleaning cloth also let them air dry completely before storage.
Soft brush can be used for cleaning stone set jewellery with warm soapy water.
If cleaning dip is used, make sure to rinse them thoroughly with clean water and dry them completely.
Safe Keeping your Jewellery
Keep your jewellery separately whenever possible, especially diamonds and precious gemstone jewellery. Always try and retain their original storage boxes and use plastic airtight bag to or soft fabric pouche to keep them securely and avoid any unnecessary damages. Before storing chains and necklaces ensure the clasp are fastened and the piece is laid flat, wrap them in a tissue paper and keep them in the pouches.
Snake chains have an unusual semi-rigid form, which makes them susceptible to kinking, its highly recommended that chain should be stored hanging up or carefully coiled to avoid being squashed inside the jewellery box or under any heavier items.
18K Gold Jewellery is usually the easiest to care from all metal type jewellery, being relatively softer than 14K or 9K Gold jewellery it is more vulnerable to scratches and scuffing and therefore recommended to be worn and store with similar carat weight metals to avoid the wearing away.
White Gold naturally has a slight yellow tint and not as brilliant in colour as Platinum, although it’s a good substitute for Platinum, it is therefore platted with rhodium, a precious hard metal which has white lustrous shine with a non – tarnish quality, however it does fade away over the years and therefore require re-coating for your jewellery to look as bright as before.
They simply need cleaning with soft cloth to take away any fingerprints and dust, store them separately in a zip locked plastic bags to avoid any abrasions. Over the time they may need re-polishing depending on the degree of wear and tear.
All the jewellery at Autumn and May is in sterling silver, Silver jewellery has the natural ability to tarnish when it comes in contact with the sulphur present in the air forming silver sulphide the black layering on your jewellery.
Store your Silver jewellery in airtight bags away from sunlight and heat. To clean the tarnish use the Silver polishing Cloth or by dipping them in Silver Dip followed by soaking them in plain water and wiping out clean and dry, Silver dips are available at Autumn and May.
To keep your silver jewellery sparkling, wear them everyday and they less likely to tarnish.
Platinum is one of the rarest and hardest known metal, it has a beautiful white lustrous natural shine. Platinum jewellery are extremely hardwearing and the metal itself has an outstanding resistant to corrosion and does not discolor, therefore it require little or no care, hence most durable material for wedding rings, over the years it develops a natural patina and that can be polished away to make it looks as new as when you purchased it.
Palladium belongs to Platinum family and is naturally silver white does not require rhodium platting. It is also considered as hardwearing, strong durable metal.
Like Platinum it develops a natural patina and requires polishing after few years to make it look as brand new jewellery.
Looking after your pearl Jewellery does require little attention to detail due to its delicate nature. They can be cleaned with mild soapy warm water, let it air dry completely before putting them away, Keep them in a moisture proof area inside silk bags to avoid them getting scratched.
The strung Pearls should never be immersed into water, simply clean them with soft lint free cloth. Wear your Pearl jewellery frequently as the natural oils from your skin reacts with the Pearls enhancing their lustrous shine. Always use your creams and perfumes before you putting on your Pearl jewellery.
Amber is a natural golden resin, soft and only slightly harder than talc and therefore should be treated tenderly.
Amber jewellery should be kept away from hard objects, chemicals, perfumes, hair sprays, and detergents. Avoid extreme heat and light. After use keep them securely in soft material preferably silk bags. Amber jewellery can be cleaned using mild soap and warm water and then polish them dry with a soft cloth. We are more than happy to give a professional cleaning for your Amber Jewellery here at Autumn and May.
Precious and semi-precious Gemstones are natural minerals and by nature they are vulnerable to man made chemicals such as perfumes, hair sprays and detergents, some of the gemstones also gets damaged by constant exposure to water and sunlight.
Keep them in soft bags, wipe them with soft lint free cloth. You should always look out for the stone settings and see if the stone appears secure otherwise you can always get it checked by us, Autumn and May provide all kinds of Gemstone Jewellery Repairs.