Please read this page to ensure you know how to look after your jewellery and keep it looking gorgeous.
The most common issue to avoid is tarnishing of your jewellery. If you leave it out in the open it will tarnish and discolour very quickly. This is true for all metals, including sterling silver. This tarnishing process is unavoidable, but there are steps you can take to ensure it is drastically reduced.
- Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on (after your gown, makeup and hairspray), and the first thing you take off (before getting undressed and removing your makeup).
- Harsh cosmetics, like those found in hairsprays can tarnish silver jewellery more quickly and damage pearls and crystals. Make up, skincare products and lotions can also cause your jewellery to look lack lustre.
- Avoid leaving your jewellery in areas exposed to excessive sunlight or heat.
- If you have worn your wedding jewellery all day (and night) it is possible you have perspired and you will need to clean it and make sure it is completely dry before you store it.
- Make sure your jewellrey is not stored anywhere there is too much dampness as this will speed up tarnishing and discolouration very fast.
- To clean, use a soft cloth to remove dirt and oils, or use mild soapy soapy water and brush or rub gently. Use a soft toothbrush or cotton bud to clean hard to reach places. Rinse and allow it air dry thoroughly.
Metals and tarnishing:
- All jewellery will tarnish over time (including Sterling Silver and silver / gold plated ).
- Your jewellery will always look its best if you store it in an airtight plastic bag as this will slow the tarnishing process.
- With necklaces and bracelets, roll them into a circular shape before storing in the airtight plastic bag.
- A silver polishing cloth is easy to use and will last a long time as long as you don't wash it. Make sure you only use it on the silver, not the pearls or crystals.
Tigertail / Necklace wire:
- Please take care with necklaces made on tigertail (wire) to avoid bending or kinking the wire.
- When you are not wearing it, coil the necklace into a nice circular shape and lay it flat, or use a necklace stand. (Though long term it is best to store it in rolled in a circle in an airtight plastic bag).
- If you do need to clean your crystals then you can use soft cloth to remove any dust or fingerprints. A baby wipe is also good as it doesn't contain any nasty harsh chemicals.
- A jewellery polishing cloth can be bought for about $5 and is a good investment. Make sure it not impregnated with any cleaners (some have silver cleaner in them and this is not good for your crystals).
- Store pearl jewellery in a soft pouch or padded gift box separate from other jewellery to avoid scratches.
- If necessary, pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water.
- Never use cleaning solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
- Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with an abrasive cloth.
- As always, make sure your pearl jewellery is completely dry before storing it.