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You have bought some beautiful Sterling Silver (925) jewellery – here are our recommendations for looking after it to keep it looking as new as the day you bought it.

Apply your perfume, make-up and hand cream before you put your jewellery on.

Tarnish is the reaction of silver to compounds of sulphur in the air which create Silver Sulphide and causes the silver to go grey/black. If silver is left in this condition for years, it may need to be professionally cleaned.

Jewellery is best kept in airtight sealed plastic bags. An alternative is to keep it in individual satin bags which will not only help the silver from tarnishing, but it will also protect semi-precious stones from getting scratched. Moonstone and Labradorite are particularly susceptible to scratching and must be stored separately.

However, sterling silver does tarnish over time, especially if left unprotected and unpolished. It can be polished using a soft dry cloth but the best result is achieved by using an impregnated silver polishing cloth which we will give you at the time of purchase.

It is important that silver dip is not used with jewellery containing semi-precious stones or pearls as pitting will be caused.

Pearls will also benefit from being stored in a satin bag. They will be completely ruined if they are immersed in a silver dip. They can be polished with a dry, soft cloth to retain their lustre.

Some stones can be cleaned with warm soapy water but care should be taken as heat can cause the stone to fall out and some stones will be damaged by the soap.

We therefore, recommend to firstly try a Q-tip with tepid water and no soap.

Soft stones such as Moonstone, Peridot, Garnet, Iolite, Amethyst, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Topaz (amongst others) should not be worn when undertaking physical activity. These stones may also break if they are dropped.

As semi-precious stones are natural, some will fade if they are left in sunlight or heat. We, therefore, we suggest you return your jewellery to its bags as soon as you take it off.

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