Jewellery Care

 

Polymer Resin Pendants

The pendant bale is reinforced for extra strength on the hand-sculpted polymer resin pieces. The resin is strong and durable, but could break if dropped on a hard surface, just as the gemstones set in them could! Some pieces (eg. silver colour) have a painted finish that is coated with a clear sealer. These pieces should not be cleaned or worn in water (when swimming or showering) as moisture and chemicals may affect the finish and/or discolour the stones. If needed, wipe gently with a dry cloth. The suede and leather on these pieces can be easily replaced if they wear out from continuous use.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver, like other precious metal alloys, can oxidise with time. Properly maintained silver jewellery improves with age and develops a lush patina.

  • For bracelets and necklaces that are regularly in contact with the skin, clean with a mild soap and water solution. Use a super soft toothbrush to access internal areas if needed. Pat the jewellery dry with a soft cloth or paper towel and then polish it with a silver polishing cloth. For more stubborn dirt, use a liquid dip cleaner designed for silver use which can be purchased at a supermarket. Always make sure your piece is completely dry before storing it away. 

  • Store your silver in a cool, dark, dry place where it isn’t exposed to air. If possible, wrap pieces in a soft piece of cloth or tissue and keep in plastic bags. (FYI - I keep my personal silver in plastic zip lock bags - no tissue!) Store pieces individually so that they don't knock together and scratch. 

  • Don’t rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth. Tissue paper or paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibres in these products.

  • Don't wear sterling silver in chlorinated water or when working with household or other chemicals. Even products such as shampoo can affect the silver.

  • Remember that sterling silver is quite a soft metal. Be sure to take care when storing earrings as the hooks or wire can bend out of shape easily. 

    (Please note this information is for silver-only pieces such as pendants, bracelets, earrings and chains, not for             beads threaded on jewellery wire.)

Beaded Gemstone & Silver

Some necklaces and bracelets are crafted from gemstone and sterling silver beads threaded onto jewellery wire. These pieces should not be cleaned or worn in water (when swimming or showering) as moisture and chemicals may discolour the stones and weaken the wire thread over time. Store these pieces flat in a cool, dark, dry place where they aren’t exposed to air. Be careful not to bend the wire as kinks are difficult to remove. Clean the sterling silver beads with a silver polishing cloth when required.

Earrings and bangles made with sterling silver and gemstones can generally be cleaned and stored in the same way as listed under 'Sterling Silver' above, with the exception of using a silver cleaning dip or liquid, as the chemicals in these products may discolour or damage the gemstones.

Stretch Bracelets

The stretch bracelets are made using the highest quality, durable elastic. You can expect a long life out of these pieces if you treat them with care. Please don’t clean or wear them in water (when swimming or showering) as moisture and chemicals may affect the finish and/or discolour the stones. If sterling silver beads and/or charms are incorporated into the design, clean these with a silver polishing cloth when required.