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Caring for jewellery after purchase
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.
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. Many of my pieces are dainty and delicate and made from small parts, so please take care of your handcrafted jewellery.
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. I keep records of where all my stones and beads are purchased from and I make a note of any treatment process and the origin of the stone or bead where this information has been provided by the supplier, however sometimes this information is not available to me and is unknown. I make the best effort I can to ensure the stones and beads I use are authentic.
Please do not place stones, opals and pearls in any types of cleaning fluid. An occasional splash or rinse with soap & water should not do any harm, but do not 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. If you have stone, opal or pearl jewellery that has become severely dirty or tarnished, it would be best to seek the service of an experienced jeweller to have it professionally cleaned and repaired if necessary. All fine jewellery should be taken to a jeweller every 1-3 years so it can be checked for loose stones or necessary repairs. Pearls on silk will need re-stringing as the silk will deteriorate over time. You would be surprised that diamonds can actually wear thin the prongs that hold them in place.
Chlorine (bleach) will severely tarnish gold, silver and plated items, 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 or use polishing/cleaning solutions gold plated or gold fill items as it may ruin the gold finish.
Always put your jewellery on last when going out. Avoid toiletries, creams, sprays and perfumes. Always remove your jewellery before gym or swimming, hot tubs, showering and sleeping or manual work such as gardening, DIY 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. Store jewellery out of sunlight and extreme temperature.
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 if you 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.
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