13 August

Crystal Costume Jewellery care

Maintaining your gem’s colourful sparkle! – Gemstone Jewellery

  • The best single piece of advise we can give you is to wipe your precious stone jewellery with a clean, soft damp cloth after wearing. This little habit will ensure that your costume jewellery is always looking its best.
  • When your gemstone costume jewellery is not being worn, storage in a soft pouch is recommended.
  • There are some things to avoid. Salt water and harsh chemicals such as chlorine bleach or detergents can cause damage. The chemicals erode the finish and polish of the gems leaving them dull. Hairspray, perfume and perspiration can also cause dullness if not regularly cleaned off.
  • Because gemstones differ so much, so do their cleaning procedures. It really is best to have your Showcase jeweller advise you on them individually. We can also check its condition and advise you of any repairs that may be necessary to restore its full beauty and value. It’s certainly the safest way to ensure you retain the value and sparkle of your treasured pieces.

 Pearl costume jewellery

  • Keep hairspray and perfume away from your pearls, this can permanently damage the coating on your precious beads. After applying hairspray and perfume wait a few minutes for it to dry completely before putting on your pearls.
  • Don’t store pearls in plastic bags, always store in the box or silk pouch that they should be supplied with.

 Fashion Jewellery

  • Gold or Silver plated items can vary considerably in quality. To be called Gold Plated, jewellery only needs to be coated in gold up to 1 micron. Better made products are usually coated upto 3 microns. Because precious metals are only coated onto base metal, the care instructions given above are even more relevant.
  • We would also personally advise you not to wear fashion jewellery on a day to day basis, but rather for “special occassions” – that way you’ll enjoy them for much longer!

 Protection

  • Always protect your costume jewellery from sharp blows, scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold. Ideally, store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch.
  • Try to keep pieces apart, so that they don’t rub together or tangle up.
  • Wear jewellery for appropriate tasks, avoid wearing rings when cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities.
  • Don’t let your costume jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume and hairspray
  • Clean your costume jewellery regularly, use a professional jewellery cleaning product (always read the manufacturers instructions)
  • When washing your hands (away from home) – don’t place your rings on the wash basin – remove them and place them onto your necklace or place in a pouch in your handbag/purse

Never go swimming in your costume jewellery, chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage

Hope that above helps!

Love Shefaly

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