Caring for your jewellery
Keep all jewellery away from chlorine, bleach and other cleaning products.
Put your jewellery on last; after applying perfumes, body lotions and hairspray etc to avoid them becoming tarnished or damaged.
Do not wear jewellery in the shower, bath or whilst cleaning, gardening, exercising or any other situation that might cause it damage.
The simplest way to keep your jewellery clean is to wash gently in luke warm, very mildly soapy water.
Pat dry, and if a polished item, I recommend regular use of a polishing cloth, such as these.
Always rinse an item before polishing, as even household dust can scratch softer gemstones if rubbed against the surface. I recommend jewellery be put on after all toiletries, perfumes and hairspray to avoid tarnish and damage to gemstones.
Softer stones, such as turquoise, apatite and opal should be treated particularly carefully. Most of the opals I use are Australian which do not absorb water. However they should be treated kindly, and protected from scratches and exposure to lotions, potions, creams and sprays, all of which can damage them permanently.
Welo opals can absorb water, and whilst water can temporarily cause them to lose their colours, creams and any type of oil or grease will permanently kill they stone's colour, so should be absolutely avoided.
If you have an oxidised (blackened) item, you can find care notes here.
Jewellery with brightly coloured patina (such as the Tegan range) is deliberately distressed and sealed with protective coating. This should be stored where the coating cannot be scraped/scratched off.
If you are unsure how to care for a particular piece, please do get in touch!
I'm happy to clean or restore the finish on any item of jewellery you have bought from me, providing insured postage* is paid for both ways.
*Special Delivery within UK, International Tracked & Signed overseas.