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CARE OF YOUR SOLID GOLD AND STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY

Taking a little time and care with your jewellery will keep it looking at its best and give you many years of enjoyment.

SOLID GOLD JEWELLERY

Solid gold jewellery rarely discolours. To clean, wash in hot water with a little drop of Fairy Liquid (or similar) and dry thoroughly. Wipe occasionally with a lens cloth.

STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY: GENERAL ADVICE

All Sterling Silver can be prone to tarnishing and is a natural process; the secret to keeping your silver at its best is to catch and treat the tarnishing in the first stages. Over a period of time, silver jewellery starts to show changes in colour, starting with a mild colour change to yellowish spots or patches. Silver is easily cleaned at this stage by washing the jewellery with a detergent that does not contain any phosphate based chemicals. If your silver jewellery is washed often in this way, you will rarely need to do anything else to maintain it. When washing, be careful to avoid scratching or denting your jewellery by making contact with taps or a sink. When selecting a silver polish keep a few points in mind: (a) Rely on well known brands - big claims and low prices by small name merchandise should not guide your choice: a well known brand will provide clear information regarding the way in which to use the polish and also the suitability of the polish for various uses. (b) Do not use polish that is old and dried up. The abrasiveness of such polishes will be very high and will likely damage the silver jewellery instead of helping remove the tarnish. (c) Silver polishes that are less abrasive are better than more abrasive ones even if the more abrasive polish provides silver tarnish protection. (d) In general, polishes that are meant to be washed off are less abrasive compared to those that need to be applied and left. NEVER use toothpaste to clean your jewellery as the abrasiveness may well cause damage.

STERLING SILVER JEWELLERY:

HEAVY TARNISH In more severe cases of silver tarnish, the tarnish changes to a darkish brown and sometimes to a black colour. If your silver jewellery is tarnished with a heavy black tarnish, polishes and pastes will not be effective in removing the tarnish. We recommend using GODDARD'S SILVER DIP available at most major supermarkets. This 'dip' works wonders and brings silver jewellery back to its original colour. Removing silver tarnish with chemical dips provides a quick way to dissolve the tarnish on silver.

PLEASE ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURERS RECOMMENDED PROCEDURES AND SAFETY GUIDELINES WHEN USING ANY SILVER CLEANING PRODUCTS AND IN PARTICULAR WHEN USING CHEMICAL DIPS - never use too much or leave in a chemical dip longer than the recommended timings as corrosion damage may occur.

...AND FINALLY, the old saying really does hold true, '...your jewellery should be the last thing that you put on before going out. It should also be the first thing taken off when you arrive back home...


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