- Take off your jewellery when swimming and showering and in
- Avoid wearing jewellery when using chemicals, creams and perfumes, saltwater, makeup, chlorine.
- Please be careful in jacuzzis! Especially for silver as it will make the metal very dark and dull. You can try cleaning with a cleaning solution or cleaning cloth if this dose not work it will need a professional clean.
- Please be careful with fake tan. Always remove your jewellery and wait for it to dry. This can be very hard to remove from fine chains.
- Jewellery should be stored out of direct sunlight as this can cause tarnishing.
- Keep your jewellery in a fabric-lined box or pouch to keep them protected from scratches and knocks, especially when travailing.
- Polish your Jewellery regularly with a polishing cloth or appropriate method for your metal.
Some interesting facts about silver
- Silver is the most reflective of all metals when highly polished.
- Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver & 7.5% alloy metals
- Pure silver, is relatively soft, so to increase its hardness and strength it is usually alloyed with copper.
- Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, and elements other than copper can be used in alloys to reduce tarnishing.
- Sterling silver 925 is an alloy but does not contain any nickel.
- Sterling silver naturally tarnishes with exposure to air, so storing your silver in your fabric pouch away from sunlight & air is a great idea.
- As silver is reflective it can sometimes take on its environment, meaning if you store it in a black or dark box the silver can reflect that colour. If you have a piece of jewellery that keeps getting tarnished after cleaning try wrapping it in white tissue paper or something white & see if it makes any difference. Please let me know if it does.
- For light, tarnishing use a silver cleaning cloth. Be persistent with a cloth & you will get great results. Wrap the cloth around the piece of jewellery using your index finger & thumb, this way you will clean the front & back of the piece of jewellery at the same time.
- Keep your silver cloth in a dust-free bag. The cloth will become black as it takes off the tarnish, this is normal. A cloth can become better with age, never wash the silver cloth.
- To remove really bad tarnish use jewellery clean solution always read the instructions as each product varies. Rinse with water & dry with a cotton cloth or kitchen towel. Wear disposable gloves if you can & always wash & dry hands after use. If your piece of jewellery is dull after this process use a silver cloth to bring the shine back.
- I use Goddard's silver dip solution. Dip jewellery for 30 seconds then rinses in warm water. Make sure silver dip is within date & not to leave jewellery for longer than 30 seconds, by doing so jewellery can become very brittle & you could cause more damage to the silver. Black dots could appear meaning you have left it in too long the only way to bring this piece of jewellery back to life is to have it professionally polished. A service we provide. Try repeating the 30-second dips & rise several times, to combat dark tarnish, finish with a silver cleaning cloth. If the piece of jewellery is still tarnished it is time for professional cleaning.
- When using jewellery clean solution always read the instructions as each product varies.
Some interesting facts about Gold
FACT: Gold is the rarest metal in the world! Scientists believe gold can be found on Mars, Mercury and Venus. (We love this fact!)
- The higher the carat weight, the softer the metal. This means that 9ct gold tends to be more resistant to scratching than 18ct or 24ct gold, making it the perfect material for gold jewellery that you wear every day. 18ct and 24ct have a higher gold content.
- Pure gold has a metallic luster that is a deep yellow colour but loses this when mixed or alloyed with other metals, such as silver, copper, zine, nickel, tin and palladium
- Rose gold is made using a mix of pure gold with alloys including copper. The copper provides the rose-reddish colour.
- White gold is made using a mix of pure gold with alloys including silver, nickel, tin and palladium to provide its white colour.
- Solid gold is much lower maintenance than sterling silver or gold vermeil. However, try to avoid swimming and always use some rubber gloves when cleaning.
What is Gold Vermeil
- Gold vermeil is a thick coating of gold over sterling silver, this can vary from 14ct-24ct in gold. Here at Maree London, we use 24ct gold.
- The term vermeil can only be used when the gold is plated over the metal of silver and is layered with 2.0 microns of gold. Making the whole piece a precious piece of jewellery.
- Gold Vermeil is the perfect option for those with metal allergies due to the durable thickness of the gold combined with the base of sterling silver.
How long with Gold Vermeil last?
- Although gold vermeil will not tarnish like silver, it may become dirty and fade slightly with wear. However, you won't believe how long your gold will last if you follow the jewellery care ideas above.
- Some vermeil jewellery can last for years even if you want to wear the piece every day and in the shower.
- However, vermeil jewellery will last longer with a little care.
- The main care would be to taking it off every night & putting it back on after showering, lotions & perfume every morning
- Necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings will last longer with this care also because these items rarely get knocked or touch anything.
- Rings are harder to keep the gold look for longer, especially the underneath side as we are constantly using our hands to open doors & pick items up.
What is Gold Plating?
- Plating is when a gold layer is plated over metal like brass, bronze or copper. Silver can also be used for plating and is called plated when the layer of gold is less than 1.5 microns.
- There are different levels of gold plating on silver or base metal.
- The first level in the plating process is flash plating, this is the foundation to start the plating process. Some jewellery brought aboard or the lower end jewellery with just be flash plated to give the look of gold but the gold look will never last, the silver will start showing through within a couple of wears. This should reflect in the price you pay. So if the piece is to be good to be true, ask yourself why & ask the selling why.
- Flash plating is used as a base for the gold layers to lay on top, each layer is called a micron.
- Each micron is laid in 0.5 layers
- Most jewellery is laid with 0.5 micron
- High street jewellery will be between 0.5 -1.5 microns
- Vermeil jewellery means it is over 2.0 microns
Cleaning Diamonds & Precious Stones
Use this method for all precious stones apart from pearls.
- When diamonds become dull & dirty behind the setting, this is just built up dirt & grime. The great news is that this is easy to solve with items you already have at home, making your diamonds shine for no cost.
- All you need is a little cup of warm soapy water, washing up liquid as it is a degreaser & a perfect everyday solution you have under your kitchen cupboard. Place your item of jewellery into the cup for a minute so as to loosen the dirt, then with an old soft toothbrush, dip the brush into the warm soapy water, take your time brushing around and in between the setting where the diamond sits. Diamonds are precious so take some loving care here. Once you can see you have removed all of the dirt dry thoroughly with a dry cloth then gently buff with a cotton polishing cloth. This method is great for everyday maintenance.
- Please try to clean your ring regularly, not only will your ring look dull because of the build-up of dirt and creams it can put tension on the settings.
- Why not make your ring look as new with a professionally clean and polished, taking all the scratching and dents out of the metal and making the diamond shine again. This can be a great gift for a Wedding Anniversary or Christmas present.