Jewellery Care

 

All jewellery is handmade in Leeds from high quality recycled silver and hallmarked by the Birmingham Assay Office in accordance with the Hallmarking Act 1973.

Silver is a hardy precious metal, but to keep your jewellery looking its best you may want to follow these simple steps:

  • If left exposed in the open air on a dresser or side table, silver can tarnish quite quickly. It's best to keep it in a proper jewellery storage box (not a presentation gift box), or in something airtight like a plastic zip lock bag.
  • Chemicals can discolour and damaged pearls and precious metals, so jewellery doesn't mix well with chlorine, sun lotions, make-up, perfume, hairspray, body lotions and other everyday body products. Make sure you apply all lotions first, and then let them dry thoroughly before putting your jewellery on. Remove all jewellery before swimming or bathing.
  • Humidity, body oils and secreted acids can also discolour jewellery, so wearing it whilst exercising is not advisable.
  • Peals can be sensitive to heat and certain soaps, to keep the lustre looking it's best remove when washing up, showering or bathing. 
  • Pearls are a natural soft stone and can be damaged if knocked or scratched against a hard surface. Pearl jewellery should be removed when performing heavy labour activities, particularly heavy lifting. 

 

If you do need to clean your jewellery, try cleaning it with luke warm mild soapy water and a soft toothbrush (a powerful soap may dull the pearls). If the item is heavily tarnished buff with a silver polishing cloth. Pearl jewellery can react to certain chemicals and silver dips and cleaners should be avoided. Alternatively, please get in touch about getting your jewellery professionally cleaned and refurbished in the workshop and we'll be happy to help.

Oxidised silver has been treated to give the surface a black finish. As such it does not need cleaning in the same way normal silver does, but should you need to, wipe it gently with a soft cloth. Silver dips and foam will strip the finish, so are best avoided.

The oxidised finish on your jewellery will wear with time from the areas of silver that are in contact with the skin, leaving you with your own unique patina.