JEWELLERY CARE

Every piece of Lorna Grace Jewellery is made with care from precious metals.

The jewellery I make is designed to last for many years to come but all precious jewellery will naturally tarnish over time. Always protect your jewellery from knocks, scratches, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold to minimize these effects.

GOLD PLATED

Gold plating can wear off over time so do not let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray. Do not wear gold plated jewellery on a day to day basis, to the swimming pool or while taking a shower, that way you will enjoy them much longer. Frequently clean in a mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water. Use of a polishing cloth or strong jewellery cleaner is not recommended.

SILVER

Keep silver jewellery away from harsh chemicals like household cleaning fluids as they create abrasions and reduce the lustre of the metal. Thoroughly dry your silver jewellery after exposure to water. Strong chemicals, sulfur, sweat and perspiration, chlorine, and harsh sunlight can tarnish and corrode the brilliant shine you love in your silver. It's best to store silver in individual, air-tight bags with anti-tarnish properties. These types of bags keep air exposure out, and keep the shininess and brilliance intact.

GOLD

Gold is a soft metal, which makes it susceptible to dings, scratches, and dents. Be mindful of your gold rings, pendants, and bracelets while you wear them and remove them while playing any high-contact sports or using tools. Chlorine is gold’s worst enemy: with repeated exposure, chlorine will weaken your gold jewellery’s structure and eventually lead to it breaking. Make sure to take your jewellery off before getting in a pool or spa.

Cover or remove while cleaning: household cleaners with acids or abrasives will damage your jewelry’s finish. Be sure to use rubber gloves while cleaning (we recommend doing this anyway to protect your skin) or remove your jewellery altogether. Put your jewellery on last when getting ready: makeup, perfume, hairspray, and lotions can damage your gold. Be sure to put these things on before your jewellery to limit the exposure.

CLEANING GEMSTONES

Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light. Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture these gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out, crack and discolor. Opals can turn white or brown, develop tiny cracks, and might lose their play-of-color.

 

Since many natural gemstones can be quite delicate, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times. Clean your gemstones with a clean, soft, damp cloth after wearing. Alternatively a soft toothbrush with very mild and fragrance free soap is perfect to get into small settings to clean under stones.Very porous stones such as Turquoise, Howlite and Emerald should be cleaned water or a dry cloth only. 

SUMMARY:

  • Store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch with an anti tarnish strip. Try to keep pieces apart so they don't rub together.

  • Your jewellery will age and tarnish naturally so if you want to keep your pieces in pristine condition, clean your jewellery regularly, using a professional jewellery cleaning product. Always read the manufacturers instructions.

  • Be aware of tarnish which may occur as a result of oxidisation, caused by the interaction of silver or gold plated jewellery with certain elements such as oxygen or sulphur as well as with certain acids.

  • Never go swimming wearing your jewellery, as chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage to all metals and will erode gold jewellery.

  • Avoid wearing while cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities.

MORE INFO: https://www.gia.edu/gia-news-research-tips-caring-jewelry

Questions? Don't hesitate to send me an email via the contact section in the main menu.

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