HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR JEWELRY

How To Care For Your Jewelry

Our jewelry is meant to be worn for a lifetime (or more!). We stand behind all of our products. Should your jewelry require repair, please contact us.

To best care for your new treasure, we advise taking it off when you go to bed, and storing it in a jewelry box or pouch when not being worn. Certain stones, such as opals, turquoise, pearls and antique items may require extra care.

GENERAL WEAR

- Sleeping in a necklace with a delicate chain can cause stretching and or breakage.
Remove rings while gardening, exercising and cycling to prevent damage. If you're concerned about losing them, you can wear a simple chain to slip them on so they are still on your body.
Never wear rings when weight training! Even the thickest, toughest bands can be scratched or misshapen by a heavy barbell.


BRIGHTENING UP YOUR STONES

To brighten up your stones or pieces with texture, we recommend using a soft toothbrush and warm water with a gentle soap.

POLISHING METAL

To polish your metal pieces, we like Sunshine cloths. They’re great for bringing back the shine.

OXIDIZED SILVER

Oxidized (blackened) silver pieces will lighten over time, but you can always bring them back to us for re-darkening.

TO SWIM OR NOT TO SWIM

It's totally OK to swim and shower in certain types of jewelry - i.e. you can leave a platinum or gold and diamond ring on forever if you want. Other types need more careful care (see below). And avoid sulphur hot springs unless you want to oxidize your jewels!

THINGS THAT SHOULD NEVER GET WET

- Opals should not get wet or be exposed to temperature fluctuations. This can cause cracking and can totally change the color of your opal.

GEORGIAN + VICTORIAN PIECES

Georgian and Victorian foil backed pieces should never get wet. If you're not sure whether your Georgian or Victorian piece has foil behind the stones, you can bring it in for us to check - but assume that it does, as this was a very common technique in these eras. Exposing foil backs to water can dull the color and make the diamonds appear less bright. We recommend treating these pieces as the cherished collector's items they are and taking extra care to avoid knocks, bumps and water. 

STONE STRENGTH

Stones are not created equal. One of the reasons why diamonds are the traditional choice for engagement rings is their strength. The lower the rank on the MOHS Scale the softer the stone. You can read more about stone and metal strength here. The strength of the stone will determine how you can wear the piece and how you can clean the piece. 
Moh's Scale of Mineral Hardness
When all else fails - Bring your jewels in for an ultrasonic bath next time you visit the store!