CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY
Store your jewellery carefully, in separate pouches or boxes . Avoid bumping against hard surfaces to prevent scratches and stones from cracking. Use a proper soft silver polishing cloth or a non – abrasive polish to prevent jewellery from tarnishing. Earring tops and studs should be treated gently and regularly checked that butterflies and fittings sit securely.
Avoid contact with perfumes to prevent permanent discolouration, especially with gold plated items.
Sterling silver and 18kt gold vermeil and all gold plated jewellery
Moisture, salts and general exposure to pollution encourage the appearance of tarnish on sterling silver. Over time, if unworn or stored against other items of jewellery, tarnish will also develop. It can be removed from sterling silver with a non-abrasive silver polishing cloth or liquid silver dip, both are available from most supermarkets. We’d recommend that silver dip is only used occasionally followed by a gentle wash in soapy water to remove any residue, as over-use can be detrimental to your jewellery.
Care should be taken to keep gold vermeil jewellery separate from other jewellery as the plating is a surface finish so it can be susceptible to wear, but if looked after correctly signs of wearing should only occur over a long period of time. Avoid wearing gold plated jewellery when swimming or bathing, and remove rings before applying hand cream as the acids in moisturisers can affect the longevity of the plating. Perfumes and hairsprays can also have a negative effect, so apply before putting on gold vermeil jewellery. The dulled look that plated jewellery develops in time is caused by the core layer of sterling silver tarnishing. A silver jewellery dip will bring out its original lustre, followed by a gentle wash in soapy water to remove any residue. We offer a re-plating service for all Beryl Dingemans vermeil and gold plated pieces. The cost is based on a combination of the weight and surface area of the item needing re-plating. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
9k & 18k Gold Jewellery
Gold should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. Remove your 18k gold jewellery when using potentially damaging equipment as it is soft and impressionable. Textured finishes on rings are superficial and will wear, gradually appearing smoother with wear. We can re-texture rings for a nominal fee at our studio.
Gemstones can be appear dull after some time. The best way to make them sparkle once more is to buff them with a small, soft clean brush, such as an old toothbrush, using water and dishwashing liquid. Regular cleaning will help stones to retain their glamour and shine, with the exception of pearls, emeralds and opals (as these are porous). Avoid harder bristled brushes or new toothbrushes as these can leave scratches on the surface of the metal.
Don’t forget to remove your rings when washing up or showering, as soap particles may become lodged in stone settings and crevices. Soaps can also leave a film over stones, creating a dull appearance. Avoid exposure to hot water and/or harsh chemicals and acids (such as household chemicals, perfumes, or hairsprays) as these may erode the finish or cause discolouration.
Gemstones are graded on a hardness scale of 1-10 and particular care should be taken with them, especially if they fall into a softer grade, to ensure that they are not knocked or banged when worn, and care should also be taken to ensure they don’t knock against one another when stored. To avoid damage, keep your gemstone jewellery in separate pouches, and fasten all chains and catches before storing flat. We do not offer a service to repair stones, and can only replace them depending on availability.
Pearls are particularly susceptible to damage from chemicals such as make-up and hair spray, so your pearl jewellery should generally be the last thing you put on when getting dressed, and the first thing you take off when undressing. Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water, or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away. Pearls must never be put in an ultrasonic cleaning machine, or be cleaned with ammonia or harsh detergents. Don’t store your pearls with other jewellery because they can easily be scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them – store them in the cloth pouch that they originally came in and find a special section in your jewellery box for them.