Caring for your Jewellery
The general rule is that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing that you take off each day.
Sterling Silver naturally tarnishes when exposed to the air and it's important to avoid contact with perfumes, soaps, moisturisers, oils and hairsprays.
Jewellery should always be removed before swimming, showering, bathing and exercising.
Keep your jewellery in a jewellery box (preferably an airtight one) or soft pouches and keep each item separate to avoid it getting scratched or damaged by other items.
Avoid using silver dips as the harsh chemicals can damage the surface of your piece of jewellery, particularly items with a hand painted or oxidised finish.
Use a specialist polishing cloth to clean silver and gold jewellery. These can be bought from most department stores or large supermarkets.
Provided your silver jewellery has no gem stones or pearls or special surface finishes it can be washed in warm soapy water (use a mild detergent). Make sure it is dried thoroughly with a non abrasive cloth before storing.
Jewellery with a hand painted or oxidised finish
To clean the silver rim of hand painted pieces use a silver polishing cloth. Avoid using silver dips and silver polishes as they will damage the painted surface.
Place the cloth on a flat surface and hold it taut with your fingers. I often cut the cloth into small managable pieces as it's easier to use this way. Place the pendant or earring face down on the cloth and gently rub back and forward a few times. This will restore the shine on the rim of your piece of jewellery without damaging the painted finish. A soft clean brush (I use a make up/cosmetic brush ) can be used to gently brush off any dust or debris from the painted surface.