By taking good care of your jewellery you can always keep it looking at its best. It is advisable to have it checked at least once a year to ensure everything is as it should be; for ornate pieces or for pieces that experience hard wear, then every three months is more appropriate. It is far cheaper to repair a loose stone or a worn setting than it is to replace a lost stone or item of jewellery. With a pearl or beaded necklace, it is advisable to bring it in to us to be restrung if the string shows signs of fraying or becomes loose. We recommend putting knots between the pearls when they are restrung – that way you will only lose one or two pearls if the string breaks, not the whole string. All pearl and beaded necklaces should be stored flat, preferably in a silk pouch.
There are a number of things you can do in order to care for your jewellery and protect it from wear and tear. It is recommended that you wear similar quality pieces of gold jewellery together to avoid softer items becoming scratched. This is because gold is a fairly soft metal – the higher the gold content, the softer the piece.
A simple polishing cloth can be used on sterling silver; silver ‘foam’ or dip can be used for more tarnished pieces. If there is pitting on the surface of the silver, then polishing will need to be done in the workshop to restore the surface finish.
With regards to gemstones, never store diamond jewellery together as the stones are likely to scratch each other. Stones such as opal and turquoise are porous therefore avoid submerging them in water. Avoid them drying out as well, as in extreme cases they may crack.