JEWELLERY CARE

These pieces have all been hand made. Most show signs of hallmarks of the creation, like hammer marks, or the fusion from cuttlebone. These are not cast manufactured pieces. Each piece is a unique piece of art.

 I am not responsible for how you wear your jewellery. Scratches and knocks are part of normal signs of everyday wear and I think give your ring more personality. However if you would like something polished up please contact me.

 

GENERAL CARE

Always protect your jewellery from knocks, scratches, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold to minimise these effects.

Remove jewellery when showering or bathing. This is particularly important when on the beach, in the sea and in chlorinated water.

Avoid wearing jewellery when doing physical work such as housekeeping, gardening or exercise.

Never expose jewellery to household cleaning products, especially bleach and highly reactive solutions.

Avoid spraying perfume, hairspray on the gemstones or pearls as it jeopardises the integrity of the material.

Remove jewellery when applying make-up, creams to avoid the residue getting into the texture or gemstone setting. Any residue dulls the shine of your ring.

Keep away from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Be aware of all contact to your jewellery. Delicate pieces can be caught on clothing or handbag straps without being noticed. Your jewellery should be put on last when dressing and taken off first. 

 

SILVER

Sterling silver can oxidise with time however properly maintained silver jewellery improves with age and develops a unique patina. Wear your silver often (the oils in your skin actually prevent tarnishing) and care for it properly and it will reward you with a long life.

 

OXIDISATION AND PATINA (BLACKEN DARK PIECES)

Oxidisations and the patinas are natural chemical reactions created through heat and exposure. These coatings and will wear off with time. I am happy to re-coat and reseal for a small fee. The oxidisation on silver is not usually sealed but all bronze and copper products have been sealed and cured. The oxidisation on rings  will wear off over time.  the oxidisation usually  last much longer on necklaces and earring as they don’t have as much contact with life.

 

GENERAL JEWELLERY CLEANING

Using a soft, lint free silver cloth is an effective way to keep jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching. Careful not to use a jewellery polishing liquid (silver dip) on oxidised or patina pieces as it will remove the blackening.

CHAINS

With links as fine as thread, the fine chain is delicate in nature and requires care to avoid accidentally getting caught or stretching. Please always keep this in mind, as any damage caused by wear and tear isn’t covered under warranty.

Chains can be cleaned with mild liquid soap and poured into a container along with warm water. Soak your chain in the soap water for several minutes and then rub gently with a soft cloth or very soft toothbrush. Clean the chain down its entire length. Once you're satisfied, rinse the chain thoroughly
and pat dry.

To untangle the knot use two pins on a flat, hard surface. Start in the middle of the knot to loosen the chain. Once your chain loosens and more gaps in the chain appear, gently manoeuvre your pin away from the tightest point of the knot to release the tangle. Avoid being too heavy-handed, you are performing a delicate procedure and don’t want to break your chain!

PEARLS

Pearls are durable however can be vulnerable to many chemicals found in beauty products such as make-up and perfume. 

We recommend you to avoid direct contact of any chemicals and clean your pearls with a soft cloth, moistened with water.