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Taking proper care of your jewellery is essential in keeping your jewellery looking good. Remember soft metals that can scratch and dent like silver, gold and brass need to be handled with care. And semi precious stones can be shattered or / and chipped if struck against any surface with force. Remember long periods of direct sunlight & harmful chemicals could fade, discolour or cause damage your jewellery.

To extend the life of your jewellery you should store your jewellery in the original packaging or a soft pouch to avoid scratches.

When getting dressed or undressed put on your jewellery last.

Caring for different stones in Jewellery

Black Onyx is very easily scratched if not handled with care even easier to clean the stone by using the commercial jewelry polish. Once polished, the piece should be washed with hot water and dried with a soft cloth. A drop of olive oil can produce beautiful light of the stone. Rinse water can also clean the dirt but do not ever soak the stone because it can fade the color. Avoid two stones together to avoid friction. Suggested to avoid the heat, light or excessive chemicals to extend durability of the stone.


Black Star Diopside is fairly brittle and has a low hardness special care should be taken when using this gemstone. Here are several tips to keep it in good shape:
Store it away from other gemstones. Either in a separate compartment or wrapped in a soft cloth, so it doesn’t get scratched by other gemstones or jewelry.
Use lukewarm water and a mild soap to clean your diopside, sudden temperature changes and the chemicals usually present in cleaning agents could dull the color of the stone.
Because sudden temperature changes are dangerous it’s best not to use a steam jewelry cleaner. Ultrasonic cleaners might be useable, use them at your own risk as chrome diopside is a bit brittle.
Only wear your diopside after you’ve put on your makeup and perfume. Diopside does not take kindly to certain chemicals that can be found in some of them.

Rubies just need some warm soapy water to be cleaned. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are usually safe for untreated, heat-treated, and lattice diffusion treated stones. Fracture-filled, cavity-filled, or dyed material should only be cleaned with a damp cloth.

Mystic Topaz -Warm, soapy water works best. Use a cotton cloth or soft sponge to gently rub the surface.


Cubic Zirconia - Use jewellery cleaner to further clean the Cubic Zirconia in jewellery or Cubic Zirconia loose stones. You can make a jewellery cleaning solution at home. Start with three parts warm water, add regular household ammonia, mix, for at least fifteen to twenty minutes, and then soak your Cubic Zirconia gemstones in the solution.


Citrine - Citrine can be safely cleaned with warm, soapy water. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe except in the rare instances where a stone is dyed or treated by fracture filling. Steam cleaning is not recommended, as citrine should not be subjected to heat.


Pearls - Pearls should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner. It’s safe to use warm, soapy water for occasional, thorough cleaning. If the pearls are strung, be sure the string is completely dry before wearing. For routine care, it’s best to wipe cultured pearls with a very soft, clean cloth after each wearing.


Sterling Silver Jewellery - Another way to remove light dirt, fingerprints or makeup is to just add a small amount of mild liquid dishwashing detergent in a 1/2 cup of warm water, gently wash the item, and rinse thoroughly with clean fresh water. A soft bristle brush may be used to clean the corners or crevices of the item.

 

 

Tarnishing

Remember to remove your rings when washing your hands. When wearing gold or silver plated costume jewellery avoid swimming or bathing as the chemicals in the water will tarnish the surface.

Remove rings before you apply hand creams, body creams and soap.

After applying makeup, perfumes and hairspray wash your hands and dry them before putting on your jewellery.

Avoid leaving your jewellery in areas that are humid, damp or wet like bathrooms.

 

Cleaning Your Jewellery

Please be aware that any vigorous scrubbing of plated finishes will take off the layer of gold plating. We recommend using a soft cloth with no abrasives or chemicals. 

We recommend you then have your jewellery re-plated as the gold plating will eventually wear off.

Please do not use silver dips or chemical cleaners on plated items.

 

Disclaimer

Whilst the information given above is provided in good faith, we do not recommend you do anything unless you are personally certain that no harm will come to your jewellery as a result of cleaning. We do not take any responsibility for damage which ensues from your actions. If in doubt, please email us on victoriaskingdom@gmail.com

 

Allergies

If you have an allergic reaction to gold plated jewellery or get itchy or a rash from wearing them, try putting a little bit of clear nail varnish on the surfaces in contact with your skin. It will eventually wear off but just re-apply it.