Jewellery Care

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When possible, it’s best to protect all jewellery from exposure to hair spray, perfume and cosmetics. Store pieces separately wrapped in acid free tissue paper.

Sterling silver

If silver hasn’t been worn for a while, it may have taken on a darker colour. This is due to a chemical reaction that occurs when silver is exposed to the air and humidity.
To clean it, protect your hands with waterproof gloves and use silver dip*, Hagerty Jewel Clean* or silver polish, being careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Rinse in lukewarm water, dry with a soft cloth and finish by buffing over with a silver cloth. The silver dip and silver polish are available from most supermarkets as are the silver cloths which are impregnated with a tarnish inhibitor.

Gold and Precious Stones

Hagerty Jewel Clean* also works well in bringing back the sparkle to gold, diamond and precious stone jewellery.

White Silk Finished Silver Jewellery

The white satin finish used on my Jewellery is particularly durable and, due to its lightly textured surface, is resistant to fingerprinting. The finish is best cared via an immersion in Haggerty’s ‘Jewel Clean’ a light jewellery cleaner that is safe to use with most metals and stones, simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Cleaning of items which are unsuitable for a soaking in Jewel Clean should be carried out using Haggerty’s Silver Foam* which is easier to apply to certain areas and to use when trying to avoid contact with soft or porous stones, like pearls. Apply a light coating of silver foam to the item to remove any tarnish and then wipe clean with a soft, damp cloth.

Should you have any concerns regarding the care of your item please get in touch via martyn@martynpugh.co.uk or 01527 502513.


Pearls

Wearing pearls keeps them lustrous and iridescent as the natural oils from your skin hydrate them, giving them shine and keeping them protected.

It is best to put pearls on last when getting ready and make them the first thing that you take off when coming back home. Keep them away from household chemicals including perfume, makeup and hairspray as these can dull the lustre.
Pearl set jewellery is best cleaned using Hagerty Pearl Clean*, as it is gentle enough to remove built up make up etc but not so harsh that it damages the pearls themselves.

It is best not to immerse strung rows of pearls in any liquid at all, as this will stretch the silk that they are strung on. To clean a row of pearls simply wipe their surfaces over with a soft, damp cloth soaked either in warm water or Pearl Clean.

Store pearls in soft fabric bags separately from other jewellery to avoid scratching their tender surfaces.

*Be careful – silver dip/some commercial liquid cleaners are most definitely not suitable for pearls or other porous stones.