It is important to remember that no precious metal or stones are indestructible!
We would therefore recommend removing your jewellery before doing certain activities such as playing sports, swimming, doing household DIY or gardening.
We do not recommend sleeping in earrings with scroll backs or any delicate jewellery which can become misshapen, stretched or crushed.
Delicate chains can become stretched with everyday wear. Sleeping in your jewellery is not recommended.
Pure gold is 24ct but this is too soft for everyday wear. Gold is mixed with other metals called alloys to increase its hardness and durability. Métier is created using 9ct gold which has 37.5% gold mixed with minimum 45% silver and 17.5% other alloys (never nickel). The silver alloy can cause the metal to become tarnished when exposed to chemicals or the natural oils your skin produces.
All gold jewellery will require cleaning to keep the bright shine and remove any tarnish. Use detergent in warm water and carefully brush with a soft toothbrush and then rinse in lukewarm water. After cleaning, air dry the jewellery and make sure to store in airtight boxes and bags.
To keep your enamel looking new and vibrant please keep away from lotions, shampoo and cleansers which will cause the surface to become uneven and the enamel to become frosted/cloudy. Avoid swimming in salt and chlorinated water. Heavy perspiration during exercise will also adversely impact. Please note that contact with hard surfaces can cause enamel to chip or crack.
Mother of pearl
Mother of Pearl is highly sensitive to chemicals and moisture so we suggest avoiding contact with lotions, perfume, cosmetics and hair products to preserve their lustre. Store your Mother of Pearl separate from other jewellery to avoid scratches on the surface of the item.
Opals are more delicate than other gemstones, but they can still be worn daily with extra care. All métier opals are solid stones rather than doublets or triplets. This means these stones should be cleaned gently with mild detergent in warm water and a soft toothbrush or cloth. Avoid bleach, chemicals and cleaners.
Turquoise is a porous gemstone and should not be in contact with lotions, perfume and cosmetics. Remove when showering and clean with a damp gentle cloth only. The natural oils can be removed with jewellery cleaner.
Coloured gemstones should be cleaned with warm water adding a couple of drops of washing-up liquid. A soft brush will be more than adequate to gently remove dirt. Make sure to avoid hard and rigid brushes. Some gemstones can fade over time in direct sunlight, so make sure to store in jewellery boxes and keep separate from other jewellery to avoid scratching the surfaces.
Diamonds are not as indestructible as some may think. Contact with hard surfaces can cause breaks and cracks. Diamonds can be cleaned underneath with a soft toothbrush and a couple of drops of washing up liquid in warm water. This removes the grease and dirt that commonly builds up over time.
Store your jewellery items separately in their own packaging.
Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night!