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Jewellery Care

All jewellery will wear regardless, it’s how you look after it, that is imperative to its longevity. Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you remove when arriving home.

Avoid contact with cosmetics, perfume, house hold chemicals, hand sanitiser, chlorine, extreme heat or excessive light and avoid sleeping in jewellery or wearing it continuously. Be mindful of other items of jewellery rubbing together as some alloys will damage others and the same with diamonds, gemstones and pearls.

Your jewellery should be stored in its own box to prevent scratching and damage from other jewellery.

Settings should be checked by a professional jeweller every 6-8 months to avoid wear and tear. Regular maintenance is needed and care should be your first priority.

Jewellery should be professionally cleaned yearly and maintained at home by using home jewellery cleaning products only.

Pearls

Chemicals in sunscreens, hairspray, hand sanitiser, cosmetics and chlorinated water can damage your pearls. it is advisable not to swim, shower or sleep wearing pearls. Apply perfumes, hairspray and other chemicals first before putting on your pearl jewellery.

To clean your pearls simply wipe them with a soft cloth to remove residue or excess oils and dirt. Your pearls require a gentle chemical free clean
Store your pearls in a separate jewellery box away from other jewellery
Pearls benefit from your skin’s natural oils, so be sure to wear your pearls and enjoy their beauty.

Cultured Pearls
Australian South Sea Cultured Pearls are grown in the Pinctada Maxima oyster, the largest pearl producing oyster in the world. These cultured pearls are the result of an intricate operation where a spherical nucleus is inserted into the oyster. The irritation caused by the nucleus promotes the secretion of layers of nacre which produces the pearl. South Sea Cultured pearls range in size from 8mm to 20mm but pearls over 17mm are extremely rare. These pearls are of such high quality that they do not require any treatments.

Keshi Pearls
These unique pearls are often irregular in shape and are priced by weight. Keshi pearls are the closest to a natural pearl in modern pearl farming. Keshi is the Japanese word for ‘Poppy Seed’ and refers to the often-small size of these pearls. Keshi pearls are popular not only because of their shape but also because of their thick nacre content and excellent nacre.

Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls are grown in various species of the freshwater mussel. They are produced by introducing twenty or more tiny tissue grafts into the thick mantle of a live mussel. Freshwater pearls generally have a lower proportion of organic material in their nacre than pearls from marine pearl oysters. This give the freshwater pearls a glassy lustre. They can often be colour treated to produce a broad range of colours with several hundred tonnes of freshwater pearls are grown in China every year. These pearls are not nearly as expensive as the South Sea pearl and are an extremely popular alternative.

Mabe Pearls
These half pearls or ‘blister pearls’ are made by gluing several hemispherical plastic beads to the inside of an oyster shell which then are covered with nacre. The mabe pearls are then cut from the shell and the nucleus is removed and replaced with crushed up mother of pearl shell. A mother of pearl disc is then glued to the back and completes the pearl.  

Diamond Care

Special care needs to be taken with certain settings and stones should be checked by a Professional Jeweller every few months to prevent stone loss. Diamonds are very strong but they can still chip and scratch so they should be treated with care.
Store diamond jewellery separately from other jewellery and “softer” gems to avoid damage

Silver care

Silver can tarnish due to exposure to natural elements. Using a silver polishing cloth can help maintain the appearance of silver jewellery at home.
Silver jewellery that is gold / pink plated can wear over time, they are not designed for everyday wear. Full care needs to be taken with the layers of gold plating to extend the lifetime of the piece as the plating will wear overtime. Avoid contact with cosmetics, perfume, house hold chemicals, hand sanitiser, chlorine and avoid sleeping in jewellery or wearing it continuously. Be mindful of other items of jewellery rubbing together as some alloys will damage others and the same with diamonds, gemstones and pearls. Use a soft chemical free cloth to clean the item to remove excess dirt. If wear occurs from plated products a jeweller maybe able to re plate your jewellery.

Gold Care

Using a jewellery gold cleaning cloth will help maintain the appearance of the jewellery at home.
Some gold jewellery requires rhodium plating every few times a year for white gold to maintain its whiteness and brightness. This can be done by a Professional Jeweller.

Have your jewellery cleaned professionally by a jeweller a couple of times a year to keep it in pristine condition.
 Avoid contact with cosmetics, perfume, house hold chemicals, hand sanitiser, chlorine and avoid sleeping in jewellery or wearing it continuously. Be mindful of other items of jewellery rubbing together as some alloys will damage others and the same with diamonds, gemstones and pearls.

Gemstones

To avoid damage, store gemstones in a dark place in a separate box away from other jewellery and chemicals and heat. Have settings checked regularly by a Professional Jeweller. Avoid contact with cosmetics, perfume, house hold chemicals, hand sanitiser, chlorine and avoid sleeping in jewellery or wearing it continuously. Be mindful of other items of jewellery rubbing together as some alloys will damage others and the same with diamonds, gemstones and pearls.

Costume Jewellery

This applies to the Collection "A Glamourous Life" plated and brass jewellery.

Avoid contact with perfumes, moisture, sweat, body products, salt water and chlorine as these can tarnish and damage your jewellery.  Once damaged it is unlikely it can be repaired.

For rhodium, gold or rose gold plated and brass jewellery, extra care needs to be taken as wear and tear may cause the plating to rub off. 

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