Keep your jewellery sparkling and in great condition with our Jewellery Care and Cleaning Guide.
How to care for your jewellery:
I recommend that the jewellery you wear daily - a favourite pair of earrings, or your engagement set is cleaned professionally at least twice a year. During this time I can check for any faults or maintenance issues before they become a large problem.
Daily tasks can seriously damage your jewellery. We've all heard of taking your jewellery off to garden, do the dishes, or when going to the gym. However tasks that can be perceived to be 'light' duties are a culprit for many damaged items I see. Carrying heavy shopping bags or a round of golf can put enough pressure on the inner band of your engagement ring to pop out stones.
It is important to self check your stone set pieces to ensure the stones are not moving. If they do - stop wearing them until they have been professionally tightened.
I do not recommend that you sleep in your jewellery; the old adage, 'first thing off at night, last thing on in the morning' protects your jewellery from skin creams, perfumes, and getting caught while sleeping or washing your hair.
I understand that your jewellery is an investment, so it is important that you look after your piece for yourself, and future generations to enjoy.
How to clean your jewellery:
I recommend using the following method when cleaning your diamonds at home. Simply use a solution of hot water with 10% dishwashing liquid (must not have citrus or moisturising properties). With a babies toothbrush gently scrub your diamondsand gold. Take care to ensure you do not get the bristles caught in between the diamond and setting. Rinse thoroughly and dry immediately with a soft cloth such as a glasses cleaning cloth.
Please note that this method is not suitable for pearls and most precious gemstones. We recommend this method for diamond or plain gold pieces only.
We love our pearls and we want you to love them too! Protect your pearls by storing them separately from other jewellery – preferably in a soft pouch or a lined jewellery case. Apply all skin creams, make-up, hair sprays and perfumes before wearing your pearls.
Always remove your pearls when swimming, gardening and showering.
Cleaning pearls is not complicated. After you wear them, just wipe them off with a soft cloth, which can be dry or damp. This will prevent dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the pearl nacre.
Pearl strands should be checked before each wear. The silk should remain white/ivory, if discoloured the chance of breakage is much higher. We recommend children's pearls are restrung yearly to ensure the pearls are secure.
Over time it is natural for sterling silver to tarnish. Air, sunlight, water, humidity and various chemicals can rapidly speed up this process. To prevent tarnishing, silver should be kept dry.
To clean the tarnish from silver, use a good quality silver jewellery cleaning cloth. These are available in my online store.
Do you have a tip for cleaning or storing your jewellery? We'd love you to comment below.