Caring for Your jewellery

Pearl Jewellery Care

Sea Salt Caution: Pearls and seawater are not compatible. Sea salt acts as an abrasive acid, eroding the pearlescent layer over time. Hence, never immerse pearl jewellery in seawater.

Daily Wear Considerations: When wearing a pearl ring daily and not removing it during activities like cleaning, sports, or cooking, be aware that pearls can wear down over time. This leads to the thinning of the pearl's lustrous surface, potentially causing detachment from the ring due to fragility.

Pearls  may occasionally exhibit slight irregularities and subtle sharp edges. While such occurrences are rare, they have, on very few occasions, led to a strand or cord becoming compromised. It's essential to remember that pearls are products of nature, and their behavior in daily life can be unpredictable due to their delicacy. However, to ensure the utmost durability, we utilize the market's most robust pearl thread. Crafted from specialized molecularly compacted high-tech fibers, this thread boasts incredible tensile strength. In fact, even the smallest thread diameter is practically impossible to tear by hand. These fibers are 15 times stronger than steel, making them the most robust in the world.

Pewter Jewellery Care

Handle with Care: Finer pewter items require careful handling as pewter is soft and malleable. Avoid harsh treatment, as the metal can deform when treated heavily.

Storage and Temperatures: Keep pewter away from high heat sources, and avoid storing it in overheated environments, such as attics or storage facilities.

Avoid Twisting and Bending: Pewter is a relatively soft metal and does not tolerate repetitive twisting and bending well. This can lead to the development of weak spots and metal fatigue.

One remarkable advantage of fine pewter is its affordability. If some of the chunky pieces we are selling were made from sterling silver, the cost of each piece would be significantly higher. Fine pewter allows us to offer high-quality jewellery at fair and accessible prices. In cases where a ring or another piece may deform under significant stress against the metal, it's easily manageable to restore the original shape. The key is to wear them thoughtfully and prevent such situations from occurring in the first place. 

Please be aware that in certain conditions, such as wearing heavy pendants on a silver necklace in hot weather, small pewter particles on the pendant's loop may become dislodged. This can occur due to continuous friction caused by the chain and the effects of heat. In some instances, you may notice minor pewter streaks on your skin as a result. These streaks, however, can be easily removed with water and do not leave any stains or marks behind

Silver Jewellery Care

Tarnish Prevention: Silver can tarnish quickly when left in a humid atmosphere for extended periods and not worn. To counteract this, a proprietary Silver Dip is highly effective in removing oxidation—simply follow the instructions on the product.

Shine Restoration: A silver polishing cloth is a useful tool to bring back the high shine. However, be cautious of strong chemicals like bleach, which can lead to tarnishing and even blackening of silver, especially in the presence of sulfur.

Manual Labor Precautions: Silver is not a particularly hard metal. If you plan to engage in manual labor activities where rings may come into contact with abrasive materials such as stone or bricks, it's advisable to remove them.

Key Tips

- Keep jewellery dry and away from skincare products

- Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight

- Rotate your pieces to distribute wear

- Gently wipe jewellery to remove dust and oils, using dishwashing soap and warm water

- Remove jewellery when engaging in activities that could scratch or damage it. Be mindful of your everyday activities when selecting your jewellery. Avoid wearing it during strenuous physical activities, swimming, gardening, or any task that exposes it to repeated knocks or scratches

- Take off your jewellery at bedtime

- Protect against chemicals, particularly chlorine

- Bathe/Shower and apply lotions or perfumes before wearing jewellery

- Store jewellery separately in a soft-lined box or case to prevent tangling, rubbing, or scratching

- Minimize the risk of friction by refraining from sliding your pendant along its chain or by wearing multiple rings on a single finger

- Be sure to thoroughly dry your jewellery, removing any residual moisture or debris that it may have come into contact with. Moisture and contaminants can accumulate, potentially affecting your jewellery’s shine and condition.
The most critical consideration is the risk of losing gemstones due to loose settings when exposed to moisture. Water can exacerbate the issue, leading to gemstones becoming dislodged or slipping away

- Be mindful of where you store your jewellery, avoiding environments with excessive humidity or moisture 

Fine jewellery is designed to be worn and enjoyed, but it is essential to do so with care and consideration, as it may not endure the challenges of daily wear and tear. Our jewellery is a form of art and should be treated as such - to enjoy its beauty for years to come.

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