Caring for your jewellery
You can keep your jewellery looking its best by storing it in the box provided or a zip-lock bag when not in use.
Avoid wearing your jewellery when cleaning, bathing, gardening or performing sports activities, especially swimming and sleeping. Avoid wearing your jewellery with perfumes and body lotions.
How to clean your jewellery
Tarnishing affects silver, brass, copper, aluminium, to name a few. As part of a natural chemical reaction it can’t really be avoided, but there are ways to help clean your metals if they become affected.
To clean silver I tend to do the following:
- Use a dish or a bowl that can withstand high heat
- Coat the bottom with tin foil
- Add 2 tbsp. of baking soda and a good shake of salt
- Add boiling water. Just enough to cover the jewellery
- Put the jewellery in the mixture and make sure the jewellery is in contact with the tin foil
- Leave the jewellery for a few hours or longer if required. A toothbrush can be used to remove tougher tarnishing
- Clean the jewellery with water
Silver jewellery can also be cleaned with a soft cloth - all orders come with a small one included.
To clean brass:
- Mix lemon juice and baking soda together to form a thick paste
- Use a soft brush, toothbrush or cloth to rub the paste over the jewellery
- Wash off with soapy water
- Repeat if needed
Oxidised jewellery often looks black / grey. Oxidation is not permanent. All oxidized silver pieces will fade and change with natural wear. It varies depending on what kind of jewellery it is and how you take care of it. The moon of the solar-lunar necklaces have been oxidised, but shouldn’t wear off because they have been covered with a protective wax. It’s important to avoid wearing perfumes or body lotions when wearing these necklaces and avoid cleaning them at all - cleaning will remove the oxidised textures.
For any other oxidised pieces, I'm happy to re-oxidise them for free when the black / grey starts to fade.
Extra care should be taken when wearing gold plated items because plating is just a layer of gold on a base metal rather than solid gold. When taken care of gold plating should last a long time. To prolong it's life simply remove jewellery when washing, going in water, wearing perfume, body lotions and hair products.