Jewellery care

GOLD AND SILVER PLATING

Gold or silver plate is where a bass metal (such as pewter, brass or steel) has a fine layer of gold or silver electroplated to it. Over time and with wear the gold or silver layer will fade, exposing the base metal. You will notice this happens quicker on rings where hands get damp and there is more movement and rubbing.

Keep plated metals dry. No showering or water fights in your plated jewellery!
A great way to keep it shiny for longer is to keep it in a resealable storage bag, sandwich bag or anything airtight when not in use, to avoid oxidisation.

GOLD FILLED

Gold Filled jewellery features a layer of gold up to 100 times thicker than electroplated jewellery that is heat and pressure bonded to another metal for a far more durable finish. Gold filled jewellery contains 5% gold alloy (1/20 of the total weight) instead of the 0.05% of gold electroplating and will maintain its colour and shine for many years, often decades with the right care. Perfect for sentimental items but at a more affordable price than solid 14k gold. Most wearers with metal sensitivities can wear gold-filled jewellery without an allergic reaction.

While it should not tarnish you may like to clean off grease and grime from normal wear. Clean with a soft cloth or in water with mild dish detergent and a very soft toothbrush.

VERMEIL

A thick layer of real gold over sterling silver. A luxury option without the price tag of pure gold.  Wearers with metal sensitivities can wear vermeil jewellery without an allergic reaction.

While it should not tarnish you may like to clean off grease and grime from normal wear. Clean with a soft cloth or in water with mild dish detergent and a very soft toothbrush.

BRASS AND RAW BRASS

Raw brass has a matte finish and is untreated. All brass will naturally oxidise over time but the good news is it's quick and easy to clean!

To clean and add shine to brass, use a household brass cleaner on a soft cloth, following the instructions and using in a well ventilated area. After a final rub with a clean cloth it will look as good as new!

NICKEL-SAFE

All materials used in my jewellery are "nickel safe". That is to say, any items not already completely void of nickel will only have a miniscule, trace amount (less than 0.05%), complying with strict EU regulations.

TIPS

You can prolong the life of your jewellery by following a few tips:

Swimming pools, hot tubs and chlorine are bad news for most jewellery so avoid at all costs!

Perfume, lotions, hairspray or chemicals in some bathing products will react with many metals causing them to tarnish. Apply these products first, allow to dry, then put on your jewellery.

If wearing sunscreen its best to completely avoid wearing jewellery that will come into contact with it.

Body chemistry & hormones have a part to play in the speed of tarnishing and we're all different. If you're visiting a high humidity environment, exercising, or likely to be more sweaty than normal, its best to remove your jewellery beforehand.

Don't sleep in your jewellery if possible. They're delicate and lovingly handmade and might not enjoy a rough night's sleep!