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Caring for your jewellery
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Caring for your Jewellery

Jewellery and gemstones, require care and maintenance to ensure their longevity and to keep them looking their best.

Regular Cleaning

Clean your jewellery regularly to remove any build up that can dull its shine. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently wipe the surface of your jewellery. For more thorough cleaning, use a mild soap or cloudy ammonia and warm water solution, and a soft brush (like a toothbrush) to reach into crevices. It is recommended not to clean your jewellery over an open drain as if stones become loose or your jewellery is accidentally dropped this may result in your jewellery or stones going down the drain.

Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Keep your jewellery away from harsh chemicals, including bleach, chlorine, and abrasive cleaning solutions. These substances can damage some metals and gemstones.

Storage

When not wearing your jewellery, store it in a cool, dry place. Use the individual pouches or jewellery boxes provided. Keep jewellery pieces separated to prevent pieces from scratching or tangling.

Wear with Care

Avoid wearing your jewellery while engaging in strenuous activities, where the jewellery may be scratched or damaged, swimming, or using cleaning agents to prevent damage or loss. Depending on your jewellery item, it is good practice to remove your jewellery before sleeping, showering, or doing any household chores.

Please be sure to store your jewellery in a safe place to prevent loss or damage.

Professional Inspection

Have your jewellery professionally inspected and cleaned annually.
Jewellery should be regularly checked for loose settings, damaged prongs, and other issues.
At Astrid Dahl jewellery any pieces purchased will be happily cleaned and checked for you at no charge.
Please be aware that repairs, sizing, polishing and plating are subject to charges.

Insurance

It is highly recommended that you insure your jewellery to cover any repairs, damage, loss or theft.

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Metal Care

Most metal will scratch and wear over time. It is important to consider that metal on metal (such as rings worn together), will cause additional wear.
If your jewellery is scratched and has lost its shine, it may need polishing and re-plating. If your jewellery is worn, dull or damaged, it may be time to have it repaired or remade.

Gold & Silver jewellery can tarnish or develop a patina over time. To restore its shine, gently clean and buff with a silver polishing cloth.
If you are experiencing any skin irritation or discolouration from your existing jewellery, please consult with Astrid to discuss options such as plating.

Gemstone care guide
Diamond
Alexandrite
Round brilliant cut red spinel
Emerald green tourmaline
Round brilliant cut purple alexandrite
Round brilliant cut diamond
Round brilliant cut red spinel

Gemstone Care

Diamonds are the hardest known gemstones, but they can still chip or break if they sustain sufficient impact, due to a directional line of weakness within their structure. They attract dirt and oils that will dull their brilliance.

 

Sapphire & Ruby are durable but can scratch, chip, or break.

 

Emeralds are relatively brittle and require gentle care.

Clean them with a soft toothbrush in a mild solution of warm soapy water.

 

Opals are delicate and can be affected by heat and moisture.

 

Pearls are organic, sensitive to acids, and fragile.

Avoid impact or exposing pearls to perfumes, cosmetics, or hairspray.

Some pearls are secured with a special glue or threaded on silk, it is important to remove your pearls before showering or swimming as this may deteriorate the glue or silk used, as well as gradually damaging the nacre of the pearl over time.

 

To clean opal, pearls, amber, other fragile gemstones or organic materials, it is recommended to use a clean, damp, soft cloth or a soft, gentle brush.

 

Diamonds and more durable gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, and spinel can be safely cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner, however, do not use if your stone has been treated (such as fracture filled rubies) or if the stone is heavily included.

 

Most non-porous/non-organic gemstones can be safely cleaned with a mild solution of warm soapy water and a soft brush.
For any other gemstones, please feel free to ask!

 

Hardness and durability can vary greatly, gemstones with substantial inclusions may be more susceptible to damage. Please be aware that some gemstones available on the market may have been treated and not all treatments are permanent.
This may affect the durability, value, or appearance of the gemstones.


 

If you have a damaged gemstone, we may be able to re-polish or re-cut the stone to restore its former beauty.

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