Your fine jewellery is something to be cherished, and caring for each item properly will ensure it lasts for generations to come.
How to Care for Gemstones
Many gemstones can be cleaned easily and simply by soaking them in a solution of mild dish soap and warm water. After soaking for an hour or so, brush your gemstone gently with a very soft toothbrush to remove dirt and debris. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and polish with a soft cloth. Not all gemstones can be cleaned this way though, for example amber, carnelian, coral and turquoise, so please ask us if you need further advice.
How to Look After Pearls
Pearls benefit from absorbing the natural oils from your skin, so show them off and wear them regularly. Due to their porous nature, pearls must be cleaned with care and should never be soaked in water. Start by laying your pearls on a soft cloth then clean gently with a very soft brush dipped in warm soapy water. To finish, the pearls should be wiped with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Strands of pearls should be left to dry flat to prevent the string from stretching and breaking. Put your pearls on after using hairspray or perfume to protect them from chemical damage. They should never be stored in an airtight container as this may cause them to dehydrate and crack.
How to Clean Gold, Silver & Precious Metals
The precious metal of platinum, gold and silver will last years if cared for correctly. These are soft metals and susceptible to scratches and dents, so handle with care and always protect from chemicals. Polish regularly with specialist cleaning cloths to remove any tarnish and dirt.
How to Correctly Store Fine Jewellery
Your fine jewellery should be stored carefully in individual pouches or boxes lined with soft fabric to prevent scratches and tangling. Keep your jewellery away from heat and strong light and chemicals such as cosmetics, perfume and hairspray. Don't hang pearls as this will cause stretching of the string. When travelling, keep each item separate and well-padded to protect your precious jewellery from damage.