Always keep your pieces of jewellery somewhat separated from each other in the supplied case. After usage, wipe your jewellery with a cloth to remove any makeup, oils, fumes or anything else that may linger after wearing.
It’s recommended to take your jewellery off when bathing, washing, gardening, exercising and during any other activities that may cause wear and tear in order to maintain good condition.
Additionally, avoid going to bed with your jewellery on to protect against wear.
My silver jewellery is made of nickel free 925 silver. I choose to oxidise some of these pieces, as I believe oxidation enhances the jewellery. Oxidation is a natural process. If you purchase silver jewellery that is light in colour, it will naturally oxidise and darken as it reacts to the air, as well as the minerals and salts found in our skin. If you want to prevent oxidation of your light silver jewellery, you can use a silver dip that can be found at specialised retailers.
Gold doesn’t oxidise, but I sometimes chose to electrolytically treat jewellery in white gold with a white noble metal called rhodium. This treatment gives jewellery extra lustre and can enhance the appearance of the stones. Rhodium wears off after a while, so it will need to be restored by a goldsmith if you wish to maintain the appearance.
Gemstones and Pearls
As I use natural gemstones and pearls in my jewellery, their colour and shapes may vary. This variation, though, is the great charm of handmade jewellery, as it always ensures that you have gems and pearls as unique as yourself. Always wipe pearls off with a damp cloth after usage and always store them in the supplied case.
Leather, Fabric and Feathers
Jewellery made of leather, fabric, feathers, pearls, wood and other similar materials should always be kept away from water, as water accelerates structural changes of these materials and leads to deterioration. Leather is particular at risk of expansion and mould if exposed to water over time.