Caring for your jewellery ensures that you can enjoy your pieces for many years to come.
Here our tried and tested tips to keep your jewellery looking new and sparkly.
Gold filled is a great economical alternative to solid gold and while it’s not a precious metal, it can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.
Gold Filled jewellery can go years without tarnishing, although the metal can tarnish quicker when its is exposed to harsh conditions like excessive contact with perspiration, chlorine or pollution.
Here are some measures you can take to protect your jewellery and retain its sparkle.
If you need to wash your gold filled jewellery, use a mild detergent and warm water. A soft bristled brush, like a baby toothbrush is ideal to scrub your jewellery. Be careful to not scrub to hard or too long as you might damage the gold layer on your jewellery. Always allow your jewellery to dry thoroughly before storing it away.
If your gold filled item has lost its original sparkle, we recommend using a gold polishing cloth, that will immediately bring it to a high shine again.
Left alone, Gold will not tarnish or corrode. However everyday wear may cause a build up of soap, grease and body oils, so it is useful to clean your gold jewellery every few months.
To ensure that your gold jewellery maintains its colour and shine avoid any contact with harsh chemicals, such as chlorine. It is best to take off your gold jewellery when you go swimming in a pool, so you can be sure that your trinket won’t be discoloured.
You can wash your gold jewellery every few months to prolong its shine and maintain its look. Fill up a small bowl with warm water and add a drop of mild dishwashing detergent or jewellery cleaning detergent. Place your gold piece (separately, to avoid scratches) in the bowl and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Take a soft piece of cloth or cotton and rub your gold item. Hold it under warm water to rinse off any soapy residue and dry thoroughly before storing your piece away.
To maintain or freshen up the sparkle of your gold jewellery we recommend using a gold polishing cloth.
Silver will tarnish if left unattended. Wearing your silver jewellery regularly keeps it from tarnishing. This is because our skins natural oils will keep the silver shiny. To maintain its shine and sparkle, avoid excessive contact with substances that contain sulfur (eggs, mustard, onions, latex, wool). You should also avoid long term sun exposure on your silver jewellery, since it may cause tarnishing and oxidisation.
If your piece is lacking its original sparkle, use a silver polishing cloth to bring back its shine. This works best if your jewellery isn’t too oxidised.
If the dark coat is quite persistent, there are many different home methods to bring your piece back to its original colour, like using vinegar and baking soda to remove tarnish and oxidisation. You can find plenty of YouTube videos that give you step by step instructions.
GOLD + GOLD FILLED
Gold, as well as gold filled jewellery are quite malleable and can be damaged by other metals and harder gemstones. We recommend storing your gold and gold filled items in a separate box from your other jewellery.
Ideally you should keep them in a tray where the pieces are stored in a soft fabric, or store them in the jewellery boxes they came in to keep your personal ornaments scratch free and shiny.
Silver jewellery should be stored in a dry place with as little air as possible in order to avoid tarnishing. You can purchase specific boxes and pouches that are coated with an anti-tarnishing agent, keeping your silver jewellery shiny.
Although tarnish is unsightly, it can be removed.