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Caring for your Pearls & Gems

We go to great lengths to bring you the best quality jewellery at the absolute best prices.  We want the pieces you buy from us to bring you years of joy, so below we've noted a few handy hints and tips to keep the lustre in your gems.

We have confidence in our creations so we offer a 12 month guarantee on all stringing.

Pearls and Beads

  • Perfume and pearls are not good companions.  Make sure you wear your pearls on skin not sprayed with fragrance
  • When storing, wipe your pearls with a soft cloth and place in their box or a soft pouch.  Ensure your pearls are not scratched by other jewellery by storing them in a separate jewellery compartment. Always store your  strung jewellery flat.
  • Don't wear your pearls when bathing or swimming.  The water will undermine the strength of the stringing.
  • Pearls and beads should be restrung every couple of years to ensure there are no weak spots in the silk thread.
  • Pearls can be cleaned by using a very weak, soft soap and water solution.  Do not immerse your pearls in the solution - dip in a soft cloth and wipe the dirty area gently.
  • The more you wear your pearls, the deeper and more lustrous they become. Wear and enjoy!

Gemset Jewellery

  • Check your jewellery to ensure that stones mounted in rings are not loose - if that's the case, visit your local jeweller before it's too late - it's much cheaper to have the prongs repaired than to replace a gemstone. The prongs of a ring can and do wear down over time.  Should they wear too much, or break, your stone will be lost. Prongs are easily "retipped" by most jewellers to keep the stone secure.

  • Gem stone hardness is rated on a standard called the "Mohs Scale". The higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone is.   Quartz (the stone that makes up sand) is rated at 7 on the Mohs scale, and that is why any gemstone with a rating of less than 7 is easily scratched (such as coral, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, and turquoise).  Special care should be taken with your gems, so store them separately in their box or bag to avoid rubbing and potential scratching.  Dropping a gemstone on a hard surface can result in cracking.

    Some stones can be quite porous (opal, pearl, turquoise). These stones shouldn't be in water for too long (or at all if possible). 

    Silver and Gold
  • Generally, the higher the carat weight of gold, the softer the metal. So that 9ct gold, being alloyed with other metals tends to be less resistant to scratching than say 22ct gold. This is why some recommend that you should wear rings of similar carat weight together (e.g. wedding and engagement rings).

    Sterling silver will polish up by rubbing or buffing it with a soft cotton cloth or a Silver Polishing Cloth. If you store silver in plastic bags with an interlocking seal, it will be less prone to tarnish.

     

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