Just like you, your jewellery does needs to be looked after. I have compiled a list of hints and tips for you on how best to care for your piece of Fiona Kerr Jewellery, so it will look as lovely as the day you received it.
- As skin and hair products are designed to stick to your body, be aware that they will also stick to your jewellery and many of them can react with the metal causing it to tarnish and discolour. I would strongly recommend applying any cosmetics and perfumes before you put on your jewellery.
- Remove any jewellery before participating in physical activity. Be it at the gym, gardening or cleaning, as this will ensure your delicate jewellery is not accidentally damaged. Perspiration can also contribute to the tarnishing of your jewellery.
- Chemicals found in swimming pools and in many household cleaning products will cause tarnishing. Water also contributes to tarnishing of your jewellery. Therefore, it is advisable to remove your jewellery before doing housework, entering a swimming pool, shower or the sea.
- I recommend storing your jewellery in a zip lock plastic bag as exposure to the air and environment can accelerate the tarnishing effect. It will also help to keep your jewellery stored separately so that items don’t rub and scratch each other and chain don’t get tangled. Acid free tissue is also an excellent way to store your jewellery.
- To brighten up your silver pieces I recommend using a silver dip cleaning solution. It is also fine to use on jewellery with a combination of silver and gold. Always ensure you rinse your cleaned items well under warm water after silver dipping, and dry thoroughly with a soft lint free cloth. For gold items, you can use warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush or small artist paint brush to help remove any dirt. A note of caution, be careful when you are cleaning jewellery over a sink or under a tap as accidents do occur and you may unintentionally drop something down a plughole. I know, I have done it lots of times.
Take extra care when cleaning jewellery with gemstones, some stones are quite resilient but others like turquoise, opals and pearls can be badly effected by cleaning with harsh chemicals, so may need to be cleaned professionally. If you are in any doubt, or have any queries please feel free to contact me for further advice and assistance.
I hope these suggestions will help prolong the lustre and enjoyment of your item of Fiona Kerr Jewellery