TIPS ON CARING FOR JEWELLERY
Jewellery is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for your treasured jewellery can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping its heirloom quality sparkling for generations to come.
BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHT AND HEAT
Light and heat can affect a coloured gemstone's durability and colour. Overtime and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, topaz, etc. Pearls and other delicate materials will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber can darken over time when exposed to a lot of light.
Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls for example can dry out, crack and discolour. Opals can turn white or brown and develop tiny cracks.
KEEP YOUR JEWELLERY AWAY FROM CHEMICALS
Exposure to chemicals can damage and discolour precious metals like gold, silver and platinum and may harm some coloured gems. Fine Jewellery should be removed before swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool or before using household cleaning products. Many of these cleaning products contain ammonia which is only safe for diamonds and more durable gems. Chlorine, bleach and other common household solvents can damage gold alloys.
THE SAFEST CLEANING METHODS ARE ALSO THE EASIEST
We recommend that you clean most coloured gems and jewellery with warm water, mild soap (no detergents) and a soft brush (for example a toothbrush). Be sure to stop the sink's drain or use a rubber mat incase the stone comes loose from its setting.
If you are unsure about cleaning your jewellery and would rather a professional take a look, we offer a check-up and professional cleaning service. Jewellery should be checked every six months and cleaned frequently. Visit us in-store on The Bridge to discuss with a member of staff.
SAFELY STORE YOUR JEWELLERY
Proper jewellery storage is often overlooked. Jewellery should never be left in a draw or left on top of a dresser because it can easily be scratched or damaged or get lost!
Any jewellery purchased from Ray & Scott will come in a box or pouch, which is a perfect place to keep your jewellery safe. We also have a large selection of jewellery boxes in-store which make the perfect gift.