Every piece of jewellery requires some love and care after purchase. Here we give you some ideas on how to best care for your pieces and how keep them looking great. Let's break it down based on the material:
As the price of Gold (and Silver) sky rockets brass has become a great option for those designers looking to keep their pieces affordable. Our Laura Lombardi pieces for example are made in brass and will need some extra care to keep them looking clean & bright.
Always remember to wipe them down after wear to remove any dirt, chemicals or fingerprints and then we suggest sealing them in plastic pouches to further delay natural oxidisation. After awhile they will naturally oxidise and start to darken to a more gold-like tone (which a lot of customers actually prefer!).
If you want to brighten them up you can use a little dish detergent and warm water and give them a gentle scrub with a toothbrush. Other options include Brasso (a brass cleaner solution) and one that we use on our products is the Hagerty Jewel Clean which requires a 10 sec dunk, quick rinse and a thorough dry with a soft cloth. This also works great on any of your gold pieces at home as well.
Gold, Gold-plate and Silver
Gold-plated jewellery can be easily cleaned by giving it a soak in warm water with a mild dish detergent. If it has a rough surface you can use a soft brush to clean it properly then rinse thoroughly and let it dry. For a final touch use a jewellery polishing cloth to buff it up afterwards.
Silver jewellery can tarnish over time, especially if not worn often. You can simply remove any tarnish with a polishing cloth or by using a bit of baking soda mixed with water (to form a paste). Give the piece a gentle scrub with a soft brush.
Alternatively, we suggest Hagerty Silver Clean which requires a 10 sec dunk (be careful to not leave it in too long!) in the solution, a thorough clean and dry with a soft cloth.
Most people say the best way to keep your Silver pieces looking bright is simply to wear them as much as possible!
Stones and pearls
Pearls only require a dry cloth to keep them clean and should never come in contact with any chemicals. The above mentioned Hagerty Jewel Clean is great for your finer pieces in gold and gold-plate with stones.
General Guidelines & recommendations
Invest in a jewellery polishing cloth and always wipe down your pieces after wearing them and before putting them away.
Store your brass pieces in zip sealed plastic pouches to delay oxidisation. Or, embrace their natural effect!
Always remove jewellery before taking a shower, bath or swimming. Water, steam and humidity are all culprits for oxidisation and tarnishing.
Avoid putting on cream or spraying perfume when wearing jewellery. Also, keep in mind when you put oils or perfume being your ears where it may come into contact with earrings.
Most importantly, try not to stress too much as most things can be easily cleaned and its much more important to enjoy wearing the jewellery!