CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY
Cleaning your silver jewellery at home.
Use 3 parts bicarbonate of soda to 1 part water to create a paste.
Rub the paste into your jewellery taking care to avoid gemstones, especially pearls.
Rub the paste in with a lint free cloth until you see the tarnish disappearing. A soft bristle toothbrush is useful for detailed pieces or hard to reach areas.
Rinse the paste off with tepid water.
Buff to a shine with a microfibre cloth.
Cleaning your gold jewellery at home.
Add some mild soap, such as baby shampoo, to lukewarm water.
Submerge your jewellery and leave to soak for 10-15 mins.
Gently scrub with a soft bristle, or baby, toothbrush.
Rinse in lukewarm water.
Dry carefully with a paper towel.
Rub with a microfibre cloth.
Alternatively, there are many ready made silver and gold jewellery cleaning products available - baths, dips, polishing cream and polish impregnated cloths. When using such products, follow the product instructions and take care to avoid inset stones and pearls as they are easily damaged by such products.
If you jewellery includes pearls, they can be effectively cleaned with gentle soapy water, such as outlined above. However, do not submerge. Use a lint free cloth, dampened with soapy water and gently wipe the pearl and surrounding metal.
To take extra care of your cherished jewellery, it is a good idea to follow these guideline:
Do not shower/bathe in your jewellery or expose it to chemicals such as those used in swimming pools or hot tubs, or cleaning products.
Do not wear your jewellery whilst applying perfume, hairspray or skin care products - this will speed up the oxidisation process and perfume can adversely affect natural gemstones - wait until your perfume is dry before putting on your jewellery.