Taking care of your jewellery from the get-go is (smart) essential good practice to help preserve your products for years to come. Follow simple guidelines such as:
- Removing jewellery before bathing, swimming or doing activities that may cause sweat or damage, such as sports or manual labour.
If you sweat while wearing the jewellery, clean it afterwards with a soft cloth to remove any residual traces.
- Storing jewellery in a cool, dark and dry place to prevent tarnishing.
Tarnish occurs when metal surfaces are exposed to air and moisture. A chemical reaction called oxidation, begins to take place gradually, eventually forming a dark layer over the item in question. Dedicated drawers and jewellery boxes are excellent choices if you have any at your disposal. Alternatively, you can use a soft pouch, or the box provided with your purchase. If you want to be extra diligent, consider storing the same metals together, as this is an additional anti tarnish precaution, as well as an easier way to organise your jewellery collection.
- Avoiding exposure to harsh chemicals or substances that can cause damage or stain, such as perfumes, lotions, household cleaning products, and chlorine.
Remember that perfumes can really ruin jewellery. This happens due to the presence of essential oils and alcohol content that can cause the jewellery to lose its sheen, erode metal coatings and create dull layers making it look stained or discoloured. A simple solution? Put your perfume on first, wait a few minutes until it’s dry and then accessorize away stress free. If you’re topping up later during the day, try to remember to remove temporarily the jewellery.
Finally, try to give your jewellery a polish every few months. For the gold pleated pieces, simply polish them with a soft cloth. When dealing with silver you can also use warm, soapy water and a soft toothbrush – but make sure to let dry before putting away once it’s been cleaned. PS – do not use antibacterial soap as there are agents that can tarnish the metal. Dish soap with a natural PH is widely considered safe to use for most metals and is okay for glass too.
Consider hand wash only.
Do not to place buttons in the washing machine as the tumble dry may cause damage or breakage. If you decide to proceed, you should cover the buttons and be aware that you're doing this at your own risk.
If you can, remove the buttons entirely and restitch after wash, it's a quick two minutes job that will prolong the life of the buttons and avoid endangering your washing machine entirely.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop a message and ask, I'm always happy to help wherever I can.