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Jewellery Care Guide

Author: Culturesse  

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This guide applies to both precious jewellery and costume jewellery. 

 

DO

  1. Put jewellery on after you put your clothes on. Remove jewellery first before undressing or removing makeup. Doing this will ensure that the jewellery doesn't get caught by the clothing or get in contact with chemicals (e.g.: perfume, skincare products, makeup, etc.) that may affect the metal or plating of the jewellery.

  2. Clean your jewellery before storing.  Sweat and other chemical substances that come in contact with the skin (e.g.: perfume, skincare products, room sprays, etc.) can change the colour of the metal and dull the shine. It is important that before putting your jewellery away, you rinse or wipe the jewellery pieces with lukewarm and clean water and store them in concealed places. Ideally, store your jewellery in a jewellery box with multiple slots or store them separately in boxes to avoid scratching. If you do not have a jewellery box, you can also store each individual piece / pair of jewellery in a concealed zip bag (sandwich bag) to prevent oxidisation.

  3. Dry your hands before handling any piece of jewellery to prevent any chemical substances coming into contact with it.

  4. Remove your jewellery before showering, swimming, going to a spa, or any excessive exercising.

  5. The best way to store jewellery is by keeping them separately in jewellery boxes, cotton or velvet pouches to prevent them breaking, tangling, scratching or tarnishing. You can also hang the necklaces vertically on hooks so that they are separate from each other.

  6. When travelling or carrying your jewellery around, use a jewellery organiser to protect your treasures from any knocks.

  7. Sterling silver can oxidise or tarnish overtime. Lightly tarnished silver can be cleaned with a silver polish cloth. Use a mild liquid silver cleaner for heavily tarnished pieces. Alternatively, you can create a mild cleaning liquid using lukewarm water and gentle detergent. Clean your jewellery gently using a soft toothbrush. Rinse and dry well, store away properly.

 

 

 

DON'T 

  1. Don’t let your jewellery come in contact with water, lotion, perfume, harsh cleaner, hair spray or other chemicals.

  2. Don’t wear your earrings in pool or at the spa, especially a mineral spa. Chlorine, salt water and heat may permanently damage and discolour silver and gold plated jewellery permanently.

  3. Don’t use a polishing cloth as this will strip away the plating. Use a soft velvet cleaning cloth (we supply velvet jewellery cleaning cloth for gold plated, gold filled, gold vermeil, platinum, rhodium and silver jewellery). If the jewellery needs more cleaning, you may clean it with lukewarm and gentle soapy water. Soak it for a few minutes first and then clean it gently with a soft cloth or baby toothbrush (any toothbrushes that have soft bristles).

  4. Don’t coat your jewellery. Don’t use any nail polish to coat your jewellery as it may lead to tarnishing its shine or peeling of the plating.

  5. Don’t use jewellery cleaner for non-gold, non-silver, non-platinum jewellery. Cleaner made for silver, gold, or platinum is way too harsh for fashion jewellery which is usually not plated with these precious metals.

  6. Don’t allow other people to touch your jewellery.  You may not be aware of what chemicals or other substances their hands may have been exposed to that could react with the metals in your jewellery. 

  7. Don’t store gold plated, gold vermeil, gold filled, silver, white gold, platinum and rhodium jewellery with other fashion jewellery that is not on the list.

 

When cared for properly, your jewelllery can hold its original shine for a lifetime.