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How to care for your jewellery

Need tips on how to care for and clean your jewellery?

how to clean gold jewellery

When cleaning jewellery avoid harsh chemicals and hot water, which can often loosen glue used to bond elements of statement jewellery. There are electronic 'jewellery cleaners' on the market that vibrate jewellery at a high-frequency to dislodge dirt and debris, but this can often be too vigorous for certain stones and materials such as perspex or pearls. More often than not gentle, regular care is all that is need to keep your gems in top condition, here are our tips:

Gold - a jewellery trade trick is to use simple soda water to clean your solid gold jewellery, the effevescence helps gently dislodge any dirt. Leave it to work for 5 minutes then gently work over your jewellery with a clean, soft tooth brush. Rinse, then buff gently with a lint-free cloth. 

Pearls - pearls and a number of semi-precious gems (such as turquoise) are porous and can dull easily. Take a soft make-up or artist's brush, a small bowl of lukewarm water with a drop of mild shampoo and brush over the surface, rinse and leave to air dry.

Perspex - we always recommend using a dry lint-free cloth to clean your perspex, statement jewellery. A glasses cleaning cloth is perfect for removing finger marks and dust.

Silver - silver actually gets shinier to more you wear it, storing it for a long time is usually when tarnishing occurs. There are lots of 'anti-tarnish bags' available on the market to help prevent this.

Wear and care tips:

Remove rings when washing up or applying lotion to avoid soap and residue getting in the nooks and crannies.

Wiping down jewellery after wearing it and before storing it will remove natural oils from your body and perfume which can tarnish metals over time.

Storing necklaces - to prevent fine chains from tangling try and store your necklaces hanging - simple hooks on the inside of a wardrobe door are a great easy way to display and store your necklaces and allows you to accessorize each morning as you get dressed.