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Care of designer jewellery by Scottish Contemporary Jewellery Designer Helen Swan
The materials used in my range of designer jewellery include Gold, Sterling Silver, Stainless Steel Cable, Pearls, Precious, Semi-Precious Stones and anodised aluminium
When an item of designer jewellery is not Hallmarked the metal will be known as “white”, “yellow”or “mixed materials”.
Any sterling silver or “white metal” that is detailed as “satin” should not be cleaned with silver polish or silver polishing cloth as this will make it shiny
If there are no stones in the piece of designer jewellery the item should be submerged in good brand “silver dip”like, Goddards silver dip, then washed in soapy water. Alternatively if the metal becomes discoloured, and if there are other non metallic materials wash the item in warm soapy water, dry and then gently rub over the satin area with a clean pencil rubber until the satin finish is restored.
High Polished surfaces can be cleaned by rubbing with a silver polishing cloth, or with silver polish and a soft cloth, or by submerging in silver dip. Use silver dip this only if there are no non precious metal materials present do not use with pearls, stones or anodised aluminium
Pearls and Stones.
Pearls and some stones should not be placed in an ultrasonic cleaner, silver dip, detergents, bleaching agents or powdered cleaners. Also do not use abrasive materials, scouring pads or stiff brushes to clean them.
Pearls are reletavely soft and can be damaged through scratching and exposure to heat and chemicals.When putting on pearls or other stones make sure you have already applied hairspray of perfume.Remove pearls and stones before showering or swimming.
Do not keep your pearls in a sealed plastic bag – pearls must breath. Prolonged exposure to sunshine may dry or discolour pearls.
Anodised Aluminium and Non Metallic materials
These materials should be cleaned with warm soapy water and dried with a soft cloth.
Do not leave any items soaking in liquid or water for any length of time.
If you are uncertain how to clean your piece of jewellery, then please feel free to contact me and I shall be happy to advise.