Jewellery can naturally tarnish over time. To minimise this, its best practice to protect your jewellery from knocks, scratches, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold. We recommend removing jewellery when you shower or bathe and particularly when on the beach, in the sea and in chlorinated water. Avoid spraying perfume or applying creams directly on the jewellery or where it sits until fully dry. Some pieces may use a jewellers glue for extra stability when securing teeth, gems or stones. Heat, water, chemicals and oils could reduce the effectiveness of this.
Keep away from extreme temperatures and avoid wearing when using bleach and other household products containing this or other chemicals.
Be cautious with clothing that may get caught on your jewellery, as this may cause damage to either the jewellery or item of clothing.
Jewellery with a satin/brushed finish may become burnished when knocked against other jewellery or metals and end up with ‘polished’ scratches on them, and therefore lose the look of the desired finish.
To protect your jewellery, pieces should be individually placed in a pouch or soft lined box to stop them being scratched or tangled. Ideally store in a cool, dark and dry place and try to keep pieces apart so they do not rub together or tangle up. If being stored for a long period of time its recommended to store with some anti-tarnish paper and clean regularly.
Using a soft lint free cloth is an effective way to keep silver and gold jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. If it needs a better clean, using bicarbonate of soda or a little washing up liquid will help bring a sparkle back. Using cleaning fluids specifically made for your particular precious metal gains great results, but do be aware that most specialist cleaners are gently corrosive and can transfer the dark colour that it produces onto other parts of the jewellery. Its recommended to avoid these if your piece contains a tooth, gems/stones or other natural materials, or if it is plated. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean precious metals as they can cause scratching.
If your item is oxidised, using chemicals or compounds is likely to change the overall look of the jewellery, as it may remove all the colour that was purposely put there.
Silver is robust, but not indestructible. Use these guidelines and common sense when storing, wearing or cleaning your jewellery for best results.