Keeping your jewelry separate from each other when not being worn is very important. Diamonds in particular are extremely hard and will easily scratch precious metals, precious gems and even other diamonds.
Ideally, each piece should have its own compartment when stored, or at least be kept separate. This will also help prevent chains from getting tangled. The boxes and cotton bags I provide should work fine and are ideal for travel too. Try to keep them in a dry dark place.
Never wear your jewellery whilst swimming, exercising, or during strenuous activity. Always remove it before applying cosmetics, perfume and cleaning products.
OXIDIZED STERLING SILVER
Oxidized (also known as a patina) sterling silver has been intentionally darkened and achieved with a special technique in the studio. Using chemicals to clean oxidised silver may strip some or all of the dark patina. Instead, buff with a soft cloth to bring up the shine, if desired, or wipe with a damp cloth if dirty. Oxidized silver should be low maintenance. The idea is that it has a more of a dull antique look and you shouldn’t need to do anything to it. The patina helps highlight textures and patterns imparted on the silver.
Over time and with wear, the color of the oxidized metal may lighten a bit—this is a natural and organic occurrence. Oxidised jewellery evolves and that’s what makes it so beautiful.
FROSTED SEA GLASS
One of the ways to tell genuine natural sea glass is this ‘frost’ finish you see on the glass, a matte coating almost. Touching your jewellery can deposit body oils into the pits of the sea glass. If you want to bring back the ‘frost’, you can clean it as stated above.
POPPING SEA GLASS COLOUR
To intensify the color of darker sea glass like blues and greens, try rubbing a small drop of essential oil into the surface. This will help the colour "pop" and make it look as if the glass were still wet. Bare in mind over time this will fade.
GEMSTONES + PEARLS
Gemstones and pearls are organic, delicate and vulnerable to breakage and chemicals, including those in soaps, perfumes and lotions. Each gemstone and pearl must be cared for in a specific way as some are more porous than others, if they get wet or come into contact with chemicals or cosmetics their colour can change and the stone itself may be damaged.
Turquoise is well known for changing colour due to the natural copper properties in it, this is one of the things that make it so beautiful. It can turn more green or go darker with time, ageing like ourselves.
A soft cloth wiped over a stone will help give its shine back. I highly recommend removing gemstone jewellery whilst swimming, bathing, doing strenuous activity or applying lotions to avoid damage.
For more specific gemstone care please contact me directly.