JEWELLERY CARE

Caring for your jewellery is a simple process and will ensure that you may enjoy your piece for many years to come.  Please refer to the sections below to learn how to properly care for your jewellery.  For any other questions you may have, please contact us directly.  We are always happy to help!

 

Sterling Silver

The sterling silver used in your jewellery will naturally tarnish over time.  Sometimes a natural patina (tarnish) can look complimentary, and sometimes you may want to restore it to it's original silver colour.  For sterling silver jewellery, please use a polishing cloth designed to clean sterling.  Silver cleaning dip solutions are not recommended.  Although they do work, the chemical dip solutions are very harsh, and will require more frequent cleaning, than with a cleaning cloth.

Does your jewellery have a satin or textured finish?  You can easily clean these by using a soft toothbrush with toothpaste containing baking soda.  Apply some paste to your toothbrush and after running some water on your jewellery, scrub your piece with the paste and brush.  Rinse the piece well with cool running water.  A few applications may be necessary.  If your satin or textured piece contains stones or pearls, please be careful when cleaning with this method that you do not scratch or damage your gemstone or pearl.

For heavily tarnished jewellery made only of sterling silver you can remove the black tarnish that may form by placing your piece in a small pot of water and baking soda.  Bring the water to a gentle boil, and the tarnish will be removed.

To help prevent tarnish from developing, please store your silver jewellery out of direct sunlight, preferably in a sealed zip loc bag.

 

Oxidized Sterling Silver

Sterling silver that has been finished to have a black or darkened colour have been oxidized using liver of sulphur. To clean these pieces you can run the piece under cool running water. Do not use any chemicals or polishing cloths as this will remove the patina, and remove the nice dark finish.

 

Gold

Gold jewellery can be cleaned with cool running water and a mild soap.  A polishing cloth designed for gold can be used as well.  

 

Gemstones

Some gemstones such as emeralds are often treated to enhance their look and colour. To clean, you may use cool running water and a mild soap, or a polishing cloth designed for silver or gold. Never use any harsh chemicals or acids to clean your jewellery, and avoid contact with acids and chemicals (such as lemon juice, household cleaners, chlorine). If your gemstone jewellery does come into contact with any chemicals or acids, please remove the chemicals as soon as possible with cool running water and a mild soap.  Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

 

Pearls

Pearls can be cleaned using cool running water and a mild soap. To clean the silver/gold contained in your pearl jewellery, please use a polishing cloth designed for gold or silver.  Never use chemicals on your pearls or pearl jewellery as this will harm your pearls and destroy their beautiful lustre.

 

Beach Pebbles

To clean your beach pebble jewellery you can use a polishing cloth designed for silver or gold on the metal portion of the piece, and then you may run cool water and clean your pebbles with a mild soap.  Do not use any chemical solutions on your pebbles, as this may alter the surface of the pebbles.

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