MAKE YOUR JEWELLERY
LAST A LIFETIME
All jewellery benefits from being handled and worn with care, and being kept clean. When not wearing jewellery, always keep it in a soft pouch or jewellery box and out of direct sunlight. When in transit protect in a box or pouch. Check that fastenings are secure on necklaces and bracelets and that butterflies are tight on earrings, especially when changing clothing.
Wearing jewellery in bed, while swimming, showering or at the gym should be avoided. Take care not to knock your rings or bangles on hard surfaces such as door handles or glass tables, as the metal may dent and gemstones can crack or chip. Apply hair products and toiletries before putting on your jewellery.
SILVER AND GOLD VERMEIL JEWELLERY
Precious metals are alloyed with other metals to make them more workable for jewellery. Fine gold and fine silver are both extremely soft on their own. All of the metals we use are hypo-allergenic, however, rare cases of allergies to these metals have been known. None of our jewellery contains nickel.
Sterling silver is marked 925, which is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other alloys. Silver can be tarnished by natural oils in skin and sulphur in knitwear, but a good clean with a silver polish cloth or silver dip will remove tarnish. Vermeil (22k gold over Sterling silver) should not be polished. It should be dusted with a soft cloth, cleaned gently with warm soapy water, or immersed in silver dip for a short time.
Vermeil jewellery needs extra care so that the gold is not scuffed or scratched. It should be kept separately from other jewellery. Check earring butterflies are tight so as not to lose earrings, listen for 'click' with click post earrings and ensure catches are done up securely.
Silver jewellery can be cleaned in silver dip however always read instructions first as some gemstones such as labradorite, lapis, opal, turquoise and pearls should not be immersed.
GEMSTONES AND PEARLS
All gemstones can be kept sparkling using washing up liquid, warm water and either a sponge or an old toothbrush. For gemstone rings, use an old toothbrush and warm soapy water to gently clean the gemstone, including behind the stone. Diamonds and sapphires are both very refractive gemstones but really do benefit from being kept clean. A knock onto a hard surface can chip or even shatter a stone – although diamonds and sapphires have a hardness of 10 & 9 on the Moh’s scale they are not infallible. Aquamarine, tourmaline, spinel, tanzanite, zircon and other coloured gemstones such as kunzite, chrysoberyl or morganite should always be worn with the care and be kept clean in the same way as diamonds and sapphires to retain their beauty. Certain stones are porous (e.g. labradorite, pearls, turquoise) and must not be immersed in cleaning products, please check product labels carefully.
Avoid knocking gem set rings on hard surfaces; take off when using potentially damaging equipment. We are always happy to give your Annika Hawrelyn jewellery a quick check and clean, we advise your ring is checked at regular intervals. If you notice a loose stone, please return the item to our stores for our in-house Goldsmith to assess. This is especially recommended for high value stone set items.
Clean pearls using a clean duster or a pearl cleaning set available from specialist stores. Chain linked pearls can be immersed in warm water and sponged, but strung pearls should not be immersed at all. Strung pearls such as south sea or fine fresh water pearls should not be immersed or worn in water. Clean with a clean soft cloth or professional pearl cleaner.
Pearls love to be worn as moisture from the skin enhances the lustre. Always apply perfumes and creams before putting on your pearl jewellery.