My jewellery is made from a variety of materials, each of which has separate care instructions below. The general care section applies to all my jewellery. Be careful when cleaning jewellery made from multiple materials, because a cleaning product that is safe on one material may damage another. If you have any questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact me and ask for help.
General care instructions
- Exposure to hairspray, perfume, and other beauty products will leave a residue on jewellery or may damage the finish. Put your jewellery on after using these products.
- Chlorine in a swimming pool or salt in the sea can damage jewellery. Remove your jewellery before swimming.
- Do not wear your jewellery while cleaning, the chemicals in household cleaners can damage jewellery.
- Store each piece of jewellery separately so that they do not scratch or scrape each other.
- Delicate pieces of jewellery should be stored in their original boxes.
- White gold will have been rhodium plated if you requested it. The rhodium plating will need to be renewed every 12-24 months depending on wear.
- Gold does not tarnish like silver, but it will get dirty over time, and should be cleaned with a gold cloth.
- Gold plating should be treated carefully, and never cleaned with anything abrasive.
- Pearls are particularly susceptible to damage from perfume and hairspray.
- Clean by rubbing gently with a soft, clean cloth - do not use any chemical cleaning products!
- Pearls will need to be restrung regularly, with the time between restringing dependent on wear and tear. I offer a good value restringing service for all of my own work.
- Some precious stones can be damaged by water because they are very porous. If this is the case I will tell you when you are buying the piece of jewellery, and I will supply special care instructions for the piece.
- Precious stones should be cleaned with hand-warm water and a soft cloth. Never use anything abrasive or chemical.
- Silver naturally tarnishes over time and will eventually need cleaning. I recommend using a silver cloth.
- Over time, a matt surface will become shinier, and a shiny polished surface will become more matt. I will refinish my own work for a small fee.
- Do not immerse wood in water.
- If wood has gotten dull and you want to restore the natural lustre of the wood, rub a small amount of food-safe wood oil (e.g. Swedish oil) over the wood. If the oil spreads on to silver or gold, remove it quickly with a soft dry cloth because there is a risk of staining.