I generally recommend you bring your Jewellery once every two years or so, for a check over to make sure all settings are secure and that any wear can be checked and repairs carried out if needed.
This is an important routine to get into as problems can arise with skin irritation such as Eczema and Psoriasis, from perfumes and chemical residue being trapped particularly under the head of the ring or under the stones.
Usually if jewellery is made from white gold it may need to be cleaned and rhodium plated more regularly .
Silver cleaned using silver dip should be immediately rinsed so all residue has been washed off otherwise the piece may turn black.
Rhodium plating restores the bright colour by putting on a protective hypoallergenic coating that protects the surface of the ring and can help with possible allergic reactions that some may have with the base metals such as nickel used in production of some rings.
All the Jewellery I produce using 18k white gold is 18k white gold with high palladium for best whiteness and strength. I do not use any nickel in any products I make.
- Take your jewellery off if playing sports or Climbing.
- Remove jewellery while cooking and cleaning.
- Keep it well away from chemicals, especially chlorine based cleaners. rinse it in water.
- Bathe and apply any lotions or perfumes before you put your jewellery on. Organic gemstones like pearls and opals are particularly vulnerable to acids, even perspiration.
- Store it separately, so that your jewellery pieces don’t tangle, rub or scratch one another. Pearls are easily scratched by hard gemstones so make sure to keep them separated.
- fasten all chains and necklaces when storing to avoid tangling.
Here’s a checklist of some of the things to look out for:
- Worn, damaged or missing claws on settings risk losing stones
- Loose stones in their setting
- Loose catches and clasps or rough links on chains or bracelets
- Any fractures or cracks
- Pearls that are loose on their thread or where the thread is frayed
- Too much movement in jointed hinges
- The plating is wearing off-white gold base metal is showing through
- A dive watch needs to be pressure tested annually
- If a ring is too loose, it can roll on your finger and catch in things, It can also slip off easily when your hand is wet.
- Too tight and this could be dangerous to your circulation. In hot weather you may have to get the rind professionally cut off. “This I had to do too many times”
- It can generally be re-sized to fit quickly .