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Looking After Wedding Jewellery

Fine jewellery will bring years of wearing pleasure with proper care and attention - common sense is your best guide, but here are some helpful tips to keep all your fine jewellery in tip-top condition

Care
Prevent the rubbing or hitting of rings on other hard substances. You should avoid rubbing against any other metals such as coins or hard surfaces.

You can bath while wearing precious metals without causing your jewellery harm. However remember that ordinary soap and water can coat it with thin film, leave your gold seeming dull.

Protect your gold jewellery from dust, moisture, perfume, hair spray and make-up. Never wear your jewellery before applying make-up. Instead wash your hands and after completing your make-up and then put on your jewellery.

Try not to wear your jewellery while doing housework. Any abrasive object could damage its surface. Avoid wearing jewellery while in contact with household chemicals, such as chlorine bleach. They can discolour or damage your jewellery mountings.

Take off your jewellery before doing rough manual work or playing sports. Stones could be jarred loose or chipped by a hard blow. Equally the metal can scratch.

When you're not wearing your jewellery, be careful that pieces do not tumble against each other to avoid scratching or dulling. Ideally, store each piece in its own soft cloth pouch or box.

Cleaning
Brand new jewellery is always shining and brilliant. After wearing for a while it tends to lose this brilliance. Some reasons include hand-lotion giving it a dull coating, food juices and greases obscuring the shine, or perhaps it simply collected tiny scratches through everyday activities. For whatever the reason, that shiny brilliance is easy to bring back.

Soap and a Soft Toothbrush.
The simplest method of home cleaning is with unscented hand soap and a soft bristle toothbrush. With warm soapy water simply brush away with the soft toothbrush. This should remove a good amount of any filmy build-up and let the metal glisten again.

Store bought Jewellery Cleaner.
Jewellery cleaner such as sold by Jewellers is generally inexpensive and lasts a long time. A little more effective than the soap and soft toothbrush method.

There are different cleaners available. You should only use the cleaner specifically designed for the type of metals or gemstones you intend to clean.

Ultra-Sonic Machine.
The Ultra-sonic machine is the best method of cleaning jewellery, getting the smallest crevices with ultra-sonic vibrations. In addition to the Ultra-sonic, if you have many little scratches on your jewellery you may want to consider asking your Jeweller if you can get your rings polished as well. This in combination with the Ultra-sonic will make the most worn jewellery appear in an almost brand-new condition.
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All precious metals need to be treated with respect, as they will scratch (even platinum).  Scratches will be particularly evident in new highly polished rings but as the rings are worn and develop their own natural patina or mellow lustre these scratches will become less and less noticeable. Remember scratches are inevitable and show that the rings are used & loved - the only perfectly shiny and scratch free rings are ones that are kept in a box and are never worn!

If your jewellery has a textured finish please remember that this is only applied to the surface and can wear off relatively quickly. Brushed / satin finishes are particularly affected and whilst very popular & attractive especially in gents rings it will ‘rub’ off over time. A matt finish tends to last longer - if in doubt please ask us for advice.

Whilst most 18K white gold on the high street is finished with rhodium plating to make it look whiter and brighter. This will wear off and you will need to have it replated on a regular basis. We have therefore developed a white gold that is high in palladium content giving it a natural white finish. This means our 18k white gold does not require rhodium plating (unless specifically requested) and will avoid the need for future maintenance.

Article written and kindly supplied by Gabrielle Stirling from Strictly Bespoke.