Jewellery should be carefully stored. Care should be taken to protect it from knocks, chemicals, extreme temperatures & sunlight. Jewellery is fragile but when treated with respect will look fabulous and last for many years.
Over time, sterling silver jewellery often develops a dark patina. It is a natural response to being exposed to our environment, worn on the body and well loved. You can use a treated polishing cloth as found at your local jewelers.
Do not wear jewellery when in the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna/steam room or while bathing or showering. Chlorine, detergents, oils & perfumes can all cause tarnishing or damage to the metals and any organic stones/materials.
There are certain products that you can purchase that can be used specifically for cleaning costume jewellery. Read labels to be sure that the product doesn’t contain ammonia, vinegar, acid or alcohol. These substances can be too harsh for delicate materials. If your piece contains pearls or semi-precious stones, be sure that the cleaner indicates that it will not harm them.
- Remove jewellery when doing household tasks.
- When undressing, remove jewellery items first, this will help insure that necklaces, brooches, bracelets, and earrings don't get caught on your clothes and get damaged.
- Make-up, perfume & hairspray all contain chemicals which may damage or tarnish your jewellery. Do this before you put on your jewellery.
- wipe jewellery clean with a soft cloth after each wear to remove make up & oils (from skin).
- Pearls, Opal and other organic gemstones: It's best to wipe this type of jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow organic gemstones to air dry before putting them away. Moisture can cause tarnishing, & may weaken springs & clasps.
- Store each piece of jewellery separately. If possible, place individual pieces in either a cloth pouch, or in a jewellery case with separate compartments.
- Hang your necklaces in a safe place or coil chains gently to prevent damage in storage.
- Avoid exposure to detergents, bleaches, baking soda, and ammonia-based products.
- Avoid placing excess strain on necklaces, chains or bracelets.
- Some designs may contain a jeweller’s glue so avoid storing pieces in direct sunlight or extreme heat or cold. All patina finishes are not permanent and must not be polished with cloths as this will wear away the surface area uncovering the original metals colour underneath. With regular wear oxidisations and natural patinas will fade off in time, but can always be reapplied by Megan or by your local jeweller.
About gold plated jewellery
Gold plating is a process where a very fine layer of gold is bonded onto a base metal. My base metals are always sterling silver.
Gold plated jewellery offers a budget-friendly option to buying pure gold jewellery BUT is only ideal for jewellery you do not plan to wear on a daily basis. So please keep in mind that gold plating is only a surface treatment that will wear away over time and is only recommended for wearing on special occasions. However, your jewellery can be replated at a low cost. To organise re plaiting of your jewellery, contact email@example.com
As with all things, there are drawback to choosing gold plated jewellery. Tarnishing, fading, and replating are common issues you will encounter.
By taking proper care of gold-plated jewellery, you can extend its life and keep it bright and beautiful. Here are some steps to take:
- Keep gold plated jewellery away from chemicals, oil’s and makeup. It is a good idea to always put on your plated jewellery last, after applying makeup, hairspray and perfumes. When doing chores, take off gold plated jewellery as the chemicals in soaps, detergents and cleaners can impact the plating.
- Do not expose gold plated jewellery to chlorinated or salty water. This means taking off the jewellery before swimming in pools, hot tubs, or the sea.
- Body oils and sweat can impact gold plating. To counter this, wipe the jewellery down or clean it frequently to get rid of these pollutants.
- Avoid any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. Avoid brushing or rubbing the plated jewellery, as this can expose the metal below.
- Keep gold plated jewellery from rubbing and friction as this will cause the piece to wear down quickly. This can happen when you layer gold plated jewellery, and they rub against each other. It is best to wear the piece of jewellery by itself.
These procedures are helpful in preserving the beauty of your jewellery and accessories. HOWEVER, any damage caused by mistreatment (e.g. Throwing, bending, rough play, dropping and general misuse) or any change to the item after purchase, resulting in damage, is the sole responsibility of the buyer.