Jewellery Care & Maintenance Guide
Jewellery Care & Maintenance
Blair & Co. jewellery is made from high quality 925 Sterling Silver and Gold-plated sterling silver and with proper care and maintenance it will last a lifetime.
Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing, use a silver polishing cloth regularly to prevent tarnish from forming. Store your jewellery in a zip lock bag or the jewellery boxes provided with your order as this will prevent scratches and tarnishing when your jewellery is not being worn. Remove your jewellery when showering, swimming or applying perfumes and lotions – this will also prevent tarnishing.
Sterling silver is prone to tarnishing; a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulphur or hydrogen sulphide in the ambient air, and care should be taken to avoid the build-up of tarnish. Polishing the sterling silver regularly with a silver polishing cloth will prevent the tarnish from forming and keep the high shine of the sterling silver intact. However, it will not remove scratches.
Cleaning the jewellery
A safe way to clean most jewellery is to pour a small amount of a mild liquid soap in lukewarm water and use a small, soft brush. Toothbrushes are ideal for cleaning jewellery which can otherwise be difficult to clean. If the jewellery is very dirty, leave it to soak for about 10 minutes. Rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft, clean cloth.
Silver polishing liquid and silver dip
Silver polishing liquid and silver dips are not recommended as they may destroy the oxidised details present on some designs. Silver dip can also be a problem with necklaces and bracelets; if the silver dip is not rinsed away completely, the remains will stay in clasps and chains and may eventually destroy the jewellery piece.
Oxidised sterling silver
Oxidised details (darker areas on the design) are found on some sterling silver pieces. To preserve the oxidation, do not polish the jewellery aggressively as it will wear away the oxidised finish. Oxidised sterling silver and sterling silver with oxidised details should not be subjected to silver polishing liquids, silver dips and ultrasonic cleaning.
The oxidised finish will disappear with time and this is not considered a defect, but a natural result of wear and tear. The oxidised finish can be reapplied by a goldsmith.
For daily care, wipe the jewellery gently with a soft cloth. Do not polish the item aggressively as it will only serve to wear away the plating. Avoid contact with abrasive or rough surfaces as a scratch may cut through the plated surface. Do not expose to silver polishing liquids and ultrasonic cleaning.
The plated finish will wear away over time. This is considered normal wear and tear rather than a defect. It is possible for a goldsmith to replate the jewellery item.
Protecting the jewellery
Corrosion of jewellery occurs under moist or wet conditions, especially when also exposed to warmth and air. Perspiration from jewellery wear is a common cause of corrosion. Jewellery should never be worn in the bath, while swimming, in the sauna or when participating in sports.
Do not expose the jewellery to contact with make-up, hairsprays, creams and perfumes as they can speed up the tarnishing process. Avoid exposing your jewellery to household chemicals including bleach and ammonia as they can damage the metals.
A good rule of thumb is to let the jewellery be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you remove in the evening.
To minimise scratches and other damage, store the jewellery separately in a tarnish-resistant pouch, the jewellery box provided on purchase or in a separate compartment in a protective box. It will minimise scratches and other damage and prevent tarnish.