Jewellery Care Guide
Wearing and use
All of our jewellery is handcrafted with solid precious metals, 18ct Fairtrade gold and recycled 925 sterling silver. Our pieces all have a strong weight to them and therefore feel robust, however as with all fine jewellery, they are fragile and should be handled with care. Attempts to alter the shape of a piece by squeezing or bending will likely cause damage.
We advise clients to take care of their jewellery and to avoid wearing it in situations where there might be risk of exposure to knocks or banging, particularly against other harder rough objects - handcrafted surfaces should be worn with caution. We recommend removing pieces overnight and avoid wearing them during any physical activity including cooking and house work, gardening, swimming and showering / bathing. To avoid tangling, we advise closing chains and laying them out or hanging around a soft surface. For rings, contact with hard surfaces on the inside of the band or pressure from carrying heavy bags may expand or change the shape of a ring and should be avoided.
If a piece is worn very regularly, light knocks may cause a stone to become loose. This minor wear may be very difficult to see without a jeweller's loupe and we would therefore recommend that any fine piece of jewellery with a stone set within - including diamonds, other precious stones and pearls - should be examined once a year to prevent the risk of losing a stone.
Please note, daily use will cause very gradual wear to a textured gold or silver surface making it smoother and brighter in exposed areas.
To protect your jewellery we recommend storing it individually in a pouch or within a soft lined box to stop scratching or tangled chains etc.
Gold is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal; we recommend that you wear rings of a similar carat together, for example your wedding and engagement ring.
Cleaning gold jewellery
Silver jewellery will naturally tarnish over time but the best way to avoid oxidisation (a smudged black uneven finish), is to simply wear your silver jewellery regularly. Make-up present on the skin or clothing can cause blackening or smudging as cosmetics often contain chemical compounds which are harder than the jewellery itself.
Cleaning sterling silver
Sterling silver is a precious metal and will require cleaning from time to time. Using a soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep silver looking shiny and lustrous. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching.