CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY

GENERAL CARE
 
Here at Sanders, we recommend the following so your jewellery stays at its best for years to come.
 
We recommended removing your jewellery to avoid damage when:
  • You go to bed at night. This will avoid claws getting caught on sheets and blankets.
  • Playing sports and going to the gym. Gym equipment can scratch, dent and chip jewellery.
  • Going swimming. Pool chemicals can damage your jewellery.
  • Cooking, cleaning, showering and gardening. Chemicals and nocking your jewellery will cause damage.
  • Applying perfume, hair spray and other cosmetics. Chemicals in the products can discolour and degrade your jewellery.
 
CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY AT HOME
 
We recommend the following if you are going to clean your jewellery at home.
  • Wipe your jewellery with a soft lint free cloth. Cleaning stones and metals softly. Using rougher clothes will leave fine scratch marks on your jewellery
  • Use warm water with a small amount of dish washing liquid. In conjunction with a soft brush (Soft toothbrush is ideal) to remove any debris caught in your jewellery. After rinse with clean warm water and dry thoroughly before putting back on. The use of a soft lint free cloth or hairdryer to dry your jewellery helps.
  • We recommend coming into one of our Sanders Jewellers Stores once a year to get your pieces professionally cleaned. With our ultrasonic machine and our instore jeweller, we can get your pieces looking like they did when you first got them. This is also a good time for our team to have a look and make sure all claws are still strong and you have no lose stones.

STORAGE

Here at Sanders Jewellers, we recommend to be able maintain the appearance of your jewellery for as long as possible that you store items separately. Storing items separately will to avoid different pieces from contacting each other. This will reduce scratching and any damage to your jewellery

 

SPECIFIC CARE
YELLOW/ROSE GOLD
24 Karat Gold is the purest form of gold there is. In the form it is very soft and for this reason it’s not hugely common to see it on jewellery. 9 and 18 karat are most commonly use. The gold is mixed with other alloys to make the gold more hardwearing. The lower the Karat the more hardwearing the gold is.
Rings and bracelets will encounter the most wear due to where they are worn. These will require the most care out of all your jewellery. We recommend coming into Sanders Jewellers once a year to get your jewellery professionally cleaned and polished. Polishing will remove all of the scuff marks and make your piece looking brand new again.
Gold is a relatively soft metal and damaging the setting can compromise the safety of the stones. If you have any concerns about the setting or stones in your jewellery, feel free to bring it to Sanders Jewellers for an assessment.
GOLD PLATED
typically, a thin layer of 9 karat gold is used over sterling silver. Gold plating will wear off over time and you will need to come in to get your piece replated.
We recommend to you a non-abrasive cleaners so that it will not remove the plating.
 
WHITE GOLD
Natural gold is yellow and to make white gold it is commonly mixed with white metals like zinc, palladium and nickel to create white gold alloy. white gold is then rhodium plated. The rhodium plating is a layer of rhodium that is electro plated over white gold to enhance the white colour.
The rhodium will wear off over time and will require re-plating in order to maintain its finish. We recommend doing this every year depending on the wear of the piece.
When cleaning do not use harsh chemicals or an abrasive cloth as it will wear the rhodium plating fast.
 
PLATINUM
Platinum is a very hard metal, and because of platinum’s hardness it will tend to maintain its scratches. This gives platinum a duller natural state of wear than softer metals such as gold and silver. Platinum will need to be polished more regularly; this may need to be done every 9 -12 months depending on the wear of the piece.
 
STERLING SILVER
Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver. Silver is mixed with 7.5% of other metals, usually copper. All silver oxidizes and tarnishes. Oxidizing means the silver reacts with the oxygen in the air around us. It has a darkened appearance and looks “dirty”, this is a natural process for silver. Chemicals and water will make your silver jewellery tarnish quicker so we recommend not wearing it when cleaning or swimming. Store in a dry area and if possible, a small ziplock bag to slow down the oxidation process.
We recommend coming into Sanders jewellers when you see your silver jewellery tarnishing for a professional clean.
PEARLS
Pearls will last you a lifetime if they are taken care of properly. The nacre of the pearl can be affected by chemicals so we recommend removing it before using any. Pearls should also be put on last after your perfume and hair spray has been applied. We recommend using a soft moist cloth to wipe down your pearls after using them to remove any harmful residue.
It is very common to use string and glue in the making of pearl jewellery. The string and glue used are very sensitive to acid, Hot water, humidity and very dry heat.
Depending on how often you wear your pearls we recommend coming into Sanders Jewellers every 12-18 months to check if your necklace needs restringing.
We recommend storing your pearls in their own pouch or box so other jewellery can’t damage the nacre of the pearl.
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