Cleaning and Caring for Your Jewellery
All jewellery needs some love and attention every once in a while, whether it be cleaning or maintenance.
So, what is the best way to make sure you are looking after your jewellery?
I get asked all the time what the best way is to keep your jewellery clean. The safest way to clean your jewellery at home is to soak your piece in a small dish with warm water and gentle soap for a few minutes. This will loosen any dirt and debris. Then with a very soft toothbrush (this is important as you don’t want to scratch the metal or stones) lightly brush the piece focusing on all of the crevices as well as the back and underside of the ring. Once finished, rinse under a tap and allow to dry. You may also choose to use a soft jewellery cleaning cloth to lightly polish.
Although Periapt studio endeavours to use premium and quality materials, tarnishing and oxidisation is a common and normal reaction with some Sterling Silver and 9ct Gold pieces. This can occur if they haven’t been worn and are stored for a while, it may also happen with some body types as each body may have different chemical balances that can react with the metals.
If your jewellery has tarnished, please follow the cleaning instructions above.
Every piece and design are unique and so are you. When it comes to caring for your jewellery, some people may need to take extra precautions depending on the stones, design and your daily activities. If you are considering having a bespoke piece created it’s great to mention and discuss your normal daily activities as this can help create and choose the right materials and design suited for your lifestyle.
To ensure you are taking every precaution you can, it is recommended to have your piece checked by a professional every 6 months to ensure there are no loose stones. Some extra care may need to be taken for certain designs such as Pave.
You can also check for loose a loose stone by gently tapping the edge of it to see if there is any movement or you can listen for any noises that could indicate a loose stone.
If you notice a loose stone, refrain from wearing immediately and take to a professional.
Some stones such as Opals, Moonstones, Emeralds and Pearls are soft and porous, extra care needs to be taken when wearing pieces with soft stones as they are prone to scratches, cracking, breakage and even discolouration.
It is important to remove your pieces before gym or any other activities that would require heavy lifting as this can knock and bend your piece out of shape and even break gemstones.
Avoid using any chemicals, lotions, oils and perfumes when wearing your jewellery. These can degrade materials and damage the colour, clarity or lustre of gemstones, this can happen either immediately or over time. This also includes swimming as some pool chemicals can cause reactions to the metal or cause damage to stones.
It is recommended to take your jewellery off before sleeping, although this may seem like a light activity some jewellery may catch, tangle or bend which can cause breakage or loose stones.
It is industry standard in Australia for Jewellery made in White Gold to be plated with Rhodium. Depending on the carat, the natural colour of white gold can be a dark grey or have a tinge of yellow. The plating of Rhodium is what gives White Gold its brighter colour.
As this is only a surface treatment, it will wear off over time therefore it is recommended to have it replated every 12-18months.
This is the same for any Periapt Studio pieces that have either regular plating or are Vermeil Plated. These are also surface treatments to the metals and therefore may wear off over time.
Following these guidelines will further the longevity of your jewellery pieces.