Each and every piece of India Mahon jewellery is lovingly made by hand, and as such requires a little care and attention to keep it looking its best! Here are a few professional hints and tips – caring for your jewellery in a gentle, sustainable and effective way.
Always store your jewellery in a clean dry fabric lined jewellery box.
Jewellery does not like perfumes, swimming baths, lotions, potions and oils, so always remove your jewellery when applying scent and lotions. To be sure always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed.
Jewellery does not like to be dropped or kept at the bottom of a deep dark handbag!
A soft clean dry white lint free cloth used gently regularly will keep your jewellery looking its best.
If your silver jewellery requires a more thorough clean try this cleaning method, it is completely safe and natural, no harsh chemical dips. You can clean precious metals with most gemstones and pearls (avoid opals with hot water).
Cleaning silver jewellery
Prepare a cereal size bowl with a disc of aluminium foil in the bottom of the dish and a few small (3cm) squares to float in the water.
Add in one or 2 pieces of the silver jewellery you wish to clean
Pour over enough of the boiling water to immerse the jewellery
Add tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid, the water and ingredients will bubble and you will get an eggy smell that is the sulphuric gases released during the cleaning process.
Mix the pieces around for about 2 minutes, ensure the jewellery touches the aluminium foil. You will notice as the water clears the silver is now shiny and the foil is tarnished.
Take out the jewellery and add it to a bowl of clean cold water to rinse off the soap and bicarb.
Dry the jewellery on kitchen paper and polish with a clean dry white cloth
Caring for gold jewellery
Containing no oxides, gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken with your gold jewellery.
Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal; due to the alloys used in 9ct gold, it tends to be more resistant to scratching than 18ct or 24ct gold. This is why we recommend that you wear rings of a similar carat together, e.g. your wedding and engagement ring.
However, gold can still easily accumulate dirt and grime with normal use. Gold should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking its best.
As a relatively delicate material, gold is particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine. Chlorine can permanently damage or discolour gold jewellery. For that reason, you should avoid wearing gold jewellery when using chlorine or bleach, or while in a pool or hot tub.
As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store in a jewellery box, taking care not to drop, bash or scratch.
To restore the shine to your precious rings, bracelets, necklaces and other gold jewellery just follow the steps below.
Put a few drops of washing up liquid in a bowl of warm (not hot) water. Mix gently. Though ordinary tap water will work fine, for even better results, you can carbonated water. The carbonation can help loosen accumulated dirt and debris.
Don’t use hot or boiling water, especially if your jewellery contains fragile precious stones. Some precious stones, like opals, can crack if subjected to rapid and drastic temperature changes.
Soak the gold jewellery in the solution. Allow the jewellery to sit in the water for about 15 minutes. As it soaks, warm soapy water will work its way into the cracks and crevices, loosening hard-to-reach build-ups of dirt
Gently clean the jewellery with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Scrub each piece of jewellery individually, paying special attention to nooks and crannies where dirt may be hidden. Use a very soft brush – the softer the better. Stiff bristles can scratch the surface of your jewellery. If your jewellery is gold-plated (as opposed to solid gold), especially stiff bristles can even remove the gold layer entirely!
Special brushes designed for this purpose are best, but most small, soft brushes (like, for instance, eyebrow brushes or toddler tooth brushes) will also work.
Rinse each piece in warm running water. A good rinsing will help remove lingering dirt that’s been loosened by the action of your brush. Again, make sure the water isn’t hot , especially if your jewellery contains fragile stones.
If you’re rinsing your jewellery in a sink, plug or cover the drain so that you don’t accidentally lose your jewellery if it slips out of your hands. Alternatively, rinse your jewellery in a clean nylon sieve or metal coffee filter.
Blot dry with a soft cloth. Then, let the jewellery sit out on a towel to air dry completely before wearing it again. If your jewellery is still wet, wearing it can trap moisture against your skin, leading to minor skin irritation you can always dry it with a hair dryer.
We offer a cleaning service for our fine jewellery. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org