Jewellery Care

What is tarnishing and what causes jewellery to tarnish

Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion, called oxidation, (a bit like rust) that develops on many metals, particularly Sterling Silver and sometimes Gold, this can make your jewellery look dirty.

The primary cause of tarnishing, strange though it might sound, is a chemical reaction with Sulphur and Oxygen which produces silver sulphide, the result is a visible discoloration of the metal’s surface i.e tarnish. So exposure to air when wearing your jewellery is the biggest culprit for causing tarnishing, however there are many other everyday which also contain sulphur compound, so also cause tarnishing, things like cardboard, certain cloths, foams and adhesives can contain high sulphur and other tarnish causing compounds.

As with all things prevention is most definitely better and easier than cure, thats why we recommend when you're not wearing your jewellery you should store it in an airtight container or sealed plastic zip lock bag to prevent exposure to air, quite bizarrely putting a stick of blackboard chalk in with your jewellery will absorb the airborne pollutants and help prevent some damage. For items you wear all the time like your wedding ring we recommend you try and avoid the following.

  1. Applying hair colour, permanent solution, etc. while wearing your jewellery
  2. Showering with your jewellery on
  3. Applying any of these after you've put on your jewellery - Perfume, Hair Spray, Sun Tan Lotion, Oils, Body Lotions etc
  4. Remove jewellery when doing physical activities or when undertaking manual work (sweat can cause tarnishing)
  5. Don't swim with your jewellery on.

Caring for your Silver and Gold Jewellery

As we've already established Sterling silver and Gold will tarnish with time and wear. To clean your Silver and Gold jewellery use a high quality Silver / Gold  cloth.

Do not use dip or polishes as these work by removing the surface of the metal and can cause damage.

Jewellery with sandblast, brushed, cross-scratched and dazzle finishes are only recommended for occasional wear and should not be cleaned with a silver or Gold cloth, but by using warm soapy water and a soft brush an old toothbrush for example, or a rubber (eraser) will also work.

Store individual pieces separately to avoid scratching. Protect by
wrapping in soft fabric or acid free tissue paper and storing in an airtight cool, dry place.

Avoid contact with chemicals, Cleaning products, perfume, hairspray and deodorant etc.

Our products are guaranteed against manufacturing faults, but not misuse.

Cleaning Gemstones and Diamonds

To bring back sparkle to faceted gemstones including diamonds, use warm soapy water and a soft brush, and rinse clean water. Try not to push the brush under the stone as this may loosen it and cause it to full out.


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