Jewellery Care Tips

Jewellery Care Tips

Jewellery Care Tips – At Love Fair accessories we want your jewellery to last as long as possible here are some basic guides on how to care for your jewellery pieces.

Cleaning Jewellery 

  • Always Clean jewellery after use
  • Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. Professional cloths are the best. Otherwise 100% cotton.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach, and always purchase from a jewellers stall.
  • Do not press hard when polishing gold filled or plated jewellery or you will damage the surface
  • Use warm water water that is too hot, can cause a reaction with the cleaning fluids causing discoloration this can happen with Sterling. If this does happen, this problem can be sorted out by buffing and using a tarnish remover.
  • Avoid cleaning jewelry that already has damage i.e if it is cracked or broken, this is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem.
  • Store  your jewellery in a resealable plastic bag with anti tarnish paper.
  • Always Read the label when using Commercial silver/gold cleaners and if in doubt, do not use a chemical cleaner. Some gemstones that cannot be placed in commercial cleaners are including pearls, lapis lazuli, malachite, opals, coral and turquoise.

General guide

  • Cleaning regularly is recommended to maintain its original condition
  • Don’t Wear Jewellry In Swimming Pools or  Spas– Chlorine  can react with the metals found in the jewelry causing colour changes and sometimes even structural damage.
  • Remove Jewelry when doing common tasks suh as kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house . exercising
  • Avoid storing jewellery in areas with extreme temperatures, bright lights or humid conditions.
  • Store items of  jewellery separately and use anti tarnish paper, to avoid scratches
  • Apply all products such as make-up and hair spray before you put on  your jewellery. To avoid harsh chemicals that may affect your jewellery

Caring for Silver Jewellery

Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Sterling silver can tarnish especially when exposed to things we use such Perfume, colognes, lotions, sweaty skin and hair products  will all contribute  to tarnishing your sterling silver. When the residue isn’t removed by cleaning the jewellery the chemicals will contribute to the tarnishing process. If sterling silver is exposed to the air and left unprotected when not being worn, tarnish becomes inevitable.