Care & Repair

Sterling Silver

Silver jewelry will always tarnish over time. The process is known as oxidation -which is a greyish, even blackishtarnish of the surface. This is caused by oxygen in the air oxidising with the copper in the silver alloy. Moisture, salts from our skin and general exposure to pollution can also encourage the appearance of tarnish on sterling silver jewellery. Over time, if unworn or stored against other items of jewellery, tarnish will develop.

However, the good news is that it’s easily removed and restored to a beautiful lustrous finish with a silver polishing cloth or silver jewellery cleaner/dip.  However, one just needs to take note of what stones or pearls are part of the silver piece, as not all of these can be dipped. For example, porous stones such as lapis lazuli, turquoise and organic materials such as pearls can never be dipped. If possible, err on the side of caution and try to keep the stones and pearls out of the dip if possible.Always be gentle but firm when polishing your jewelry, and as you rub you’ll be amazed at the high polish that appears on the silver and the blackening that transfers to the polishing cloth. If you need help in purchase silver cleaning cloths – please inquire at cathy@inspiredbytuesday.com 

Rose or Yellow Gold Jewelry

Gold jewellery should be cleaned regularly to maintain its beauty. A soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. In fact, you can use your silver polishing cloth as it should work perfectly. Remove your 18kt gold jewellery (especially your rings) when doing any kind of vigorous or manual activity. We always advise people to remove their rings for any kind of housework, washing the dishes and lifting weights at the gym – these activities are sure to scratch the metal and can even warp the shape of certain delicate metal frames and ring-shanks. Textured finishes on rings are superficial and will wear, gradually appearing smoother and shinier with wear.

It’s sometimes necessary and advisable for gold earrings and rings to be cleaned in warm soapy water with a gentle toothbrush to remove any kind of debris and build-up in the crevices and recesses of any design. We recommend dipping the tip of the toothbrush into a washing powder and gently lathering the grime out from the underside of ring settings etc.

White Gold Jewelry

All of the above relating to cleaning gold jewelry also applies to white gold, however even more care should be taken at all times, to prevent abrasion and scuffing on the metal surface. One should be especially delicate if using a toothbrush to remove grime and it’s best to use it only on the underside if possible. As you might know; white gold is plated with white rhodium and this can easily be scratched and with time it does wear off, especially at the raised surfaces of the piece. White gold rings need to be re-plated from time to time (once a year if possible) to restore their beautiful true white rhodium lustre.

Gemstones

Once again, the same advice applies but even more so in the case of gemstones. Gemstones often become dull and waxy when soap and chemicals build up underneath the setting. And various sprays,hot water and/or harsh chemicals and acids (such as household chemicals, perfumes, or hairsprays) can leave a residue which also contributes to gemstones loss of lustre, or they may erode the finish or cause discolouration.Build up canonce again be remedied with a gentle toothbrush underneath. Rinse your jewellery in water to remove cleaning solutions and be sure to do
all your cleaning where you won’t lose any stones that might have come loose. Avoid rinsing directly in the sink. Dry with a clean soft cloth and voila! You will be delighted with the improvement.

Don’t forget to remove your rings when washing up or showering, as soap particles may become lodged in stone settings and crevices.

Gemstones are graded on a hardness scale of 1-10 where diamonds are the hardest 10. So respect your jewelry and gemstones to ensure that they don’t get knockedor banged when worn. Specifically, care should be taken to ensure they don’t knock against one another when stored. To avoid damage, keep your gemstone jewellery in separate pouches, and fasten all chains and catches before storing. 

Pearls

Pearls can scratch easily, so use warm, soapy water and a new, soft cloth to gently clean them. Once clean, lay a strand of pearls on a toweland don’t touch them until completely dry (the wet silk thread can stretchand attract dirt). Ideally one should re-string them after cleaning as this won’t jeopardise the silk thread.

All alcohol-based products can potentially damage your pearls ass they desiccate the outer pearl layer leaving the pearls looking chalky. We always strongly advise people to keep their pearls away from perfumes and hairsprays – put your pearls on absolutely last, once all the spraying is done. Your pearls will thank you.

And it’s well known that pearls love to be worn – they become more lustrous with wear. This is because the oils in our skin actually sealand prevent moisture loss from the pearls. Pearls left for years, exposed to the air, will definitely become chalky and dry. SO, wear your pearls to care for your pearls!

Pearls worn often should be restrung once a year.

If you have any other specific queries about your TUESDAY Jewelry, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly and we will be happy to advise you.

cathy@inspiredbytuesday.com