Whether made of precious metal, plated metal or fabric, it is important that your jewellery always looks it's best. Here are a few tips to help keep your jewellery in top condition.
Store your jewellery well.
This will help slow down the tarnishing which occurs naturally when metals are exposed to the air and environment. Avoiding hot and damp storage conditions (e.g. bathrooms) will help keep tarnish at bay.
Storing your jewellery in a resealable zip lock plastic bag is ideal, or wrap in acid free tissue paper (provided with your item).
Also, storing your jewellery separately in this way prevents damage caused by items rubbing or knocking together.
Ideally, give your metal or beaded jewellery a quick clean with a cotton cloth after each wear, to remove any residue that may contribute to tarnishing.
This is one of the most important steps in maintaining the condition of your jewellery, and only takes a few moments!
Avoid using rough material/paper towels as these could scratch your item.
Prevent your jewellery coming into contact with chemicals such as perfume, hairspray and nail polish remover - they can dull and discolour the surface of some stones and beads, tarnish metal, cause colour to transfer from certain acrylics and may sometimes bleach fabric jewellery.
Avoid submerging your jewellery in water.
If your jewellery does get splashed, dry gently with a cotton cloth or tissue and make sure no moisture remains.
Remove jewellery before swimming, showering or exercising, or any other activity in which your jewellery is more likely to be damaged.
To remove slight tarnish from your metal jewellery, a gentle rub with a soft cotton cloth should do the trick. If your item is severely tarnished, try cleaning the affected areas with warm soapy water and drying thoroughly before resorting to abrasive cleaning solutions.
If necessary, use a cleaning solution designed specifically for the job - for example Goddards Silver Cloth or Silver Polish.
Take extra care with plated items, as excessive cleaning can remove the plated surface.
If in doubt, get in touch so we can arrange for me to clean your item(s) and check for signs of wear and tear. For cleaning and small repairs you usually only need to cover the postage costs.