GENERAL JEWELLERY CARE GUIDE

A quick guide for general jewellery care. We have more specific care and maintenance guides available in The Editorial.as well as lots of other useful and fun articles for you to browse.

TIPS FOR CARE AND CLEANING OF FINE AND DEMI-FINE JEWELLERY

Fine and demi-fine jewellery are fairly durable, but they do require some care. The good news is that following just a few easy maintenance guidelines can help ensure that your jewellery looks its best for a lifetime of wear.
 
CLEANING
Whats the best way to clean my fine and demi-fine jewelllery?
A daily rub with a soft chamois is a simple yet efficient way of cleaning your jewellery after everyday wear. 
For a deeper clean, fill a plastic bowl with hand warm water and a little dishwashing soap or ammonia. Soak it for a few minutes then scrub gently with a soft toothbrush, to get into all the small spaces. Rinse and pat dry with a soft thread free cloth (loose threads can easily get caught up in prongs). A drop of ammonia in the rinsing water will add an extra sparkle to gold, platinum and diamonds.
Some people like using ultrasonic cleaners, which can work well to help shift dirt, however these are not recommended for jewellery with emerald, turquoise, opals or pearls in them, which are softer and more porous and can get easily damaged.
 
STORAGE
All jewellery can have a vulnerability to breakage, with some items more at risk than others. That’s why storing your jewellery carefully is important. Traditional jewellery boxes can leave your jewellery piled up on top of each other and at risk of gems and metal scratching against each other. To avoid this its recommended they be stored individually wrapped or in small bags. Whilst sterling silver can tarnish and so is best kept in a small seal-able bag.