My handmade jewellery is created using a cold connection process (not soldered), unlike factory-made jewellery. Follow the jewellery care and use guidelines to keep the jewellery in good condition.
My handmade jewellery is not suitable for children.
Tarnishing is caused by exposing the jewellery to moisture in the air, perfume, hairspray and other chemicals.
Delay the tarnishing process by keeping your jewellery dry and storing in airtight bags, (squeeze out the air from the bags before fastening tightly). Finally, use the box or pouch that was supplied with your jewellery to help protect it. Be aware, however, that pearls and opals draw moisture from the air, so avoid long-term storage in airtight bags etc.
Anti-tarnish papers and bags are available in the marketplace, to assist in protecting your jewellery.
When travelling, keep your jewellery in a box or wrap in a soft fabric pouch to avoid abrasion and possibility of misshaping the jewellery piece.
JEWELLERY CARE AND USE – PEARLS
Pearls improve their lustre when worn next to the skin.
Pearls are easily scratched.
Clean them with a soft cloth and a clean makeup brush. It can be dry, or dampened with water. Try to avoid the
thread becoming damp when wetting the pearls, as the silk thread can stretch and attract dirt. Avoid touching
your strand more than necessary, Lay the strand on a dry towel to air dry before putting the pearls away.
Your pearls should be the last item you put on when dressing. Keep them away from perfume, hairspray and
other chemicals. Store them in a soft cloth or pouch, away from abrasive objects.
Knotting between pearls is to both protect each pearl from abrasion and also to minimise the loss of pearls, if
the thread breaks. Knotted strings of pearls should be stored flat.
PEARLS: OTHER INFORMATION
Cultured freshwater pearls are a natural product and will be subject to minor surface imperfections.
Unless otherwise stated all pearls are of the cultured freshwater variety. Pearls with no treatments will have “natural”
in the title.
JEWELLERY CARE AND USE – OTHER GEMS
The general guide for cleaning most coloured gems is to use clean, warm (not hot), soapy water (mild soap – no detergents) and a soft brush. Then rinse off well in a glass of clean water; not in the sink where you risk losing your item. Try to avoid threads becoming damp.
JEWELLERY CARE AND USE – HEAT AND LIGHT EXPOSURE
Excessive exposure to light or exposure over time, may alter gemstone colours. For example, amber darkens; amethyst, topaz, shell, kunzite may fade; pearls may bleach.
Excessive exposure to heat may also damage some gemstones.