Jewellery care

Sterling Silver.
The official designation of “Sterling” to a piece of Silver indicates that it contains at least 92.5% of pure Silver. The remaining 7.5% comprises of other metal alloys, most commonly copper. Sterling Silver has a long life span if looked after.

CARING FOR YOUR STERLING SILVER.

  • The best way to prevent tarnishing is to store clean, dry sterling silver in a dry airtight container or bag (ziplock bag)
  • Don’t leave silver Jewellery in the bathroom. Humidity can speed up the oxidation process that causes your Jewellery to tarnish.
  • Minimise sterling silver’s contact to chemicals (hairspray, perfume, body lotion, bleach, etc.) and do not wear it the shower, swimming pool or hot tub.
  • After taking off silver Jewellery, clean it with a dry soft cloth before putting it back into your container or bag.
  • To avoid scratches, wrap your Jewellery in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in a Jewellery box separate from other types of Jewellery. 

Gold plated.
The process of gold plating is one where a minuscule layer of gold is applied over a base metal (usually brass). The amount of real gold that is used is actually so tiny that it's technically considered unmeasurable. Gold plated pieces can last 1 to 3 years if looked after.

CARING FOR YOUR GOLD PLATED JEWELLERY.

  • Do not spray on perfume or other sprays while wearing your gold-plated Jewellery. 
  • Wait until your lotion or cream is dry or has been absorbed by your skin before wearing.
  • Substances like oil, nail polish, nail polish remover, chlorine and perfume may react with plated Jewellery and cause tarnishing. This is also true for sweat, make sure you remove your gold plated Jewellery when exercising.
  • After every use, clean your plated Jewellery with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt. Gently rubbing the surface of your gold plated Jewellery using a soft Jewellery cloth, helps restore shine. DO NOT use a polishing cloth as this will strip away the plating.
  • If your Jewellery needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm, soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes and clean with a soft cloth. Stay away from Jewellery cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will make your gold plated Jewellery tarnish more quickly.
  • To avoid scratches, wrap your Jewellery in a soft cloth after cleaning or keep it in a Jewellery box separate from other types of Jewellery. 
  • Store like items together. Do not store gold plating and silver plating together. The different metals will cause each other to tarnish or fade.

Gold filled.
Gold filled is jewellery composed of a solid layer of gold mechanically bonded to a base of sterling silver. Legally, gold filled jewellery is required to be at least 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. If gold filled pieces are well cared for, they can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years. 

CARING FOR YOUR GOLD FILLED JEWELLERY.

  • Clean your gold filled Jewellery regularly using warm water to wash and a soft cloth to pat dry. Never rub it after washing as this can cause discolouring.
  • Avoid wearing your gold filled Jewellery in the ocean or swimming pools, as the salt water and chlorine can cause damage.
  • Keep your gold filled Jewellery as dry as possible.
  • Store individually in an air-tight plastic bag or container as rubbing against other Jewellery can cause it to lose it's sheen.
  • Avoid wearing your gold filled Jewellery when cleaning. Exposure to heavy detergents and cleaning agents can be detrimental.
  • Be mindful that perfume, hairspray and hand lotions may tarnish your gold filled Jewellery due to the harsh chemicals they contain.
  • Gently wipe your gold filled piece with a Jewellery polishing, non-scratch cloth every now and again to promote shine.

9ct Gold.
9ct gold contains 37.5% pure gold. The remainder is an alloy of various metals, which may include copper, zinc, silver, palladium or platinum, depending on whether it's a yellow, rose or white gold piece.

CARING FOR YOUR GOLD JEWELLERY.

  • Store your pieces separately. Using a jewellery box will prevent scratching and tangling.
  • Wrap each individual piece in a soft cloth. 
  • Put on your gold jewellery last. Perfumes, deodorants, and make up can degrade your jewellery faster.
  • Keep an eye on degradation. Having your pieces fixed early will prevent structural damage.
  • To avoid damaging your gold jewellery, steer well clear of chemicals like: Chlorine, Chloride, bleach, solvents, detergents, dissolvents.
  • Keep in mind that being a soft metal, gold jewellery is precious, and can be subject to scratching and denting if not cared for properly.
  • You should remove and store your gold jewellery in a safe place when: Sleeping, cleaning, bathing, exercising, swimming.
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