not all gems are created equal
Below are recommended descriptions on how to care for the jewellery made by Annika Hawrelyn.
Freshwater pearls are delicate and will easily scratch if stored next to other jewelry. To prevent damage always store your pearls in a jewellery fabric pouch. Annika Hawrelyn provides one free with any purchase. Here are a few key tips:
1. Clean your pearls after each wearing.
2. Simply wipe with a soft cloth, microfiber jewellery cloth or chamois, either damp or dry, to remove any skin oils or dirt. A drop of olive oil on the cloth can be used to help maintain the luster.
3. If damp, lay them on a soft cloth to dry before storing.
4. Avoid using cleaners, detergents, brushes and ultrasound cleaners.
5. If your necklace is particularly dirty take it to a jeweler or use a recommended jewellery cleaner.
Most colored gems can be cleaned with warm water, mild dish soap (no detergents) and a soft brush. A soft, lint-free cloth can also be used. Be sure to rinse your jewellery in a glass of water to remove cleaning solutions since you risk losing loose stones – or even an entire piece of jewellery - if you rinse directly in the sink.
Exposure to everyday chemicals can damage or discolor precious metals – gold, silver and platinum – and may harm some colored gems. Substances like hairspray, bodylotion, perfume or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that will permanently damage the surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous gems (like turquoise). Sterling silver jewellery can be cleaned with a simple microfiber cloth or special jewelry cloth (not paper towels or toilet paper) to clean your goods. Be sure to use different parts of the cloth to avoid spreading any tarnish. Do not use circular motions here, as it can actually make the tarnish or dirt worse. Be sure to avoid polishing any part of the jewelry that is intentionally oxidized. For more complex or tight, detailed areas, go in with a Q-tip. It'll get into every nook and cranny you need.
Fine jewelry should always be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool or before using household cleaners.
Proper caring and maintenance is necessary for any fine jewelry.
For more information we recommend visiting GIA's website.