Love your jewellery
Jewellery that is thousands of years old is still being found today buried in the ground, think of the beautiful jewellery discovered in ancient Egypt as an example. Cleaned up, many of these amazing objects look no different from the day they were made. Precious metal and stone jewellery should last a lifetime and beyond. Following a few simple practices will help look after your jewellery and keep it in good condition.
Please take care of your handcrafted jewellery. Handcrafted jewellery requires thoughtful wear and use, because it is formed and put together using hand tools and small pieces of equipment and is not manufactured by machinery.
Some jewellery pieces are put together using split (jump) rings. This is a normal industry wide process. Care must be taken not to yank or pull too hard on pieces such as chains and bracelets as this could cause the split rings to weaken or come apart.
If a bracelet has a clasp, please do use it and please do not force the bracelet over your hand onto your wrist.
Most gemstones bought today will have gone through some kind of treatment process, but are still natural items and may not always be perfect and exactly the same size or colour, but every effort is made to ensure quality and a super match where necessary.
Please do not place stones, opals and pearls in any types of cleaning fluid. An occasional splash or rinse with soap & water will not do any harm, but it is best not to submerge stones, opals and pearls in water for long lengths of time. Ensure you dry stones, opals and pearls well with a clean, very soft cloth. Where stones, opals and pearls are present clean jewellery items with a very soft damp, almost dry cloth.
Chlorine (bleach) will severely tarnish gold and silver and will certainly damage some gemstones in particular opals and pearls. Avoid Chlorine coming into contact with your jewellery.
All silver will tarnish overtime, to keep it bright use a silver polishing cloth to buff occasionally.
Do not polish gold plated or gold fill items as it will ruin the gold finish.
Always put your jewellery on last when going out. Avoid toiletries, creams, sprays and perfumes.
Always remove jewellery before gym or swimming, showering and sleeping or manual work such as gardening and cleaning.
Store your jewellery in either the box or pouch supplied, or a jewellery box. Pearls and opals should be stored separately as they can be easily scratched by other pieces of jewellery.
Where items are handmade you may occasionally find very slight imperfections due to the hand forming processes.
Although jewellery is made from metal and stones it is not indestructible, but take care of it well, respect it, having come from the earth and it will reward you with years of wear and hopefully happy, lovely memories.
Love your jewellery!