Jewellery Care

Jewellery Care

Your jewellery requires little care and attention to continually keep its elegance.  

Dust, pollution and daily wear may cloud the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of your precious metal. You should take extra care to protect your jewellery and always store it in a fabric-lined jewellery pouch or box, taking care not to drop, bash or scratch it.  

Care tips

To preserve the beauty and lustre of your jewellery, wash in a mild detergent in lukewarm water and rinse. Then, dry with a soft, clean cloth. Do not use any type of brush, sharp instrument or rough cloth for cleaning.
Always remove your jewellery when applying perfumes, cologne, lotions and potions. Alternatively, your jewellery can be the last thing you put on when getting dressed.
To protect your jewellery from permanent damage, avoid any contact with mercury. The effect of mercury and harsh acids on silver and gold is severe and permanent. Be sure to remove your jewellery before coming into contact with such harmful agents.
Remove your jewellery when going swimming. chlorine is especially damaging to jewellery.
To safeguard against damage, and personal injury, always remove your jewellery before engaging in sports or in heavy labour. Quality stones and precious metal will not stand abuse.
Ensure that you rinse off any chemicals that come into contact with your jewellery straight away to avoid build up which can make cleaning difficult.
Avoid storing your Madewear jewellery next to costume jewellery or watches with leather straps.
Store jewellery separately so that pieces do not tangle, rub or scratch against each other.
Your warranty is void if any work is performed on the jewellery by anyone other than Madewear.

Sterling Silver Jewellery Care

Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for everyday wear; therefore, copper is generally used to give it strength while at the same time preserving the ductility of the metal and its beauty. As with most precious metals, sterling silver tarnishes; having said this, it is less likely to happen as quickly if regularly worn.

Clean your silver jewellery in warm soapy water, ensuring to rinse and dry thoroughly before storing. Alternatively, polish your silver jewellery with a soft cloth or a silver polishing cloth.

Gold Jewellery Care

Containing no oxides, pure gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. However, it is still a relatively soft metal that can scratch easily. The higher the karat weight, the softer the metal; for example, 14 Karat gold is more resistant to scratching than 18 Karat gold. We recommend that you wear rings of a similar Karat together, e.g. your wedding and engagement ring.  

Gold should be cleaned regularly to maintain its beauty. A soft, lint-free cloth or more preferably, a gold polishing cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking its best.

Platinum Jewellery Care

Derived from the Spanish term ‘platina del Pinto’ which translates to ‘little silver of the Pinto river’. Platinum has a naturally silvery-white appearance and does not require rhodium plating like white gold. A very dense, malleable and precious metal, platinum is resistant to corrosion and incredibly hard wearing. This makes it more suitable for everyday wear. However, you should still take relevant precautions to prevent avoidable scratches.  

You should clean your platinum
jewellery with a mild soapy water solution and a soft bristle brush. Over time platinum jewellery develops a natural patina but this can be easily polished. 

Gemstone Care

A gemstone is a mineral highly priced for its beauty, durability, and rarity. A few noncrystalline organic materials are also classified as gemstones such as pearl, coral and amber. Gemstone hardness is based on a standard called the Mohs scale, where the higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone. It is important to consider this when cleaning, wearing and storing your gemstone jewellery.

The build-up of hand cream, finger prints and general dirt is common amongst your most loved jewellery, and can easily be cleaned. As a rule of thumb, gemstones at 7 and above on the Mohs scale can be cleaned with warm water, a touch of mild soap and a soft brush. For gemstones less than 7, swap the soft brush for a soft cloth.

All gemstones also susceptible to damage by chemicals, water and even sunlight but prolonged exposure to the latter may cause certain gemstones to become paler. Examples include amethyst, ametrine, aquamarine, aventurine, beryl, citrine, kunzite, rose quartz and smoky quartz.

Some gemstones such as opal, pearl and turquoise are fairly porous and should not be immersed in water for too long.

Particular care should be taken when cleaning your emerald jewellery. A widespread practice is to treat emeralds with some form of fine oil in order to disguise the very frequent appearance of flaws. For this reason, emeralds should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning device; as such treatment will usually empty any flaws which reach the surface of the stone of any oil content, with a disastrous effect on appearance.

Mohs Scale

Devised by the German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs, this scale is a means of grading the relative hardness of minerals.

Using ten common minerals, Mohs put them in order of their ‘scratchability’; placing talc at 1 and diamond at 10. Quite simply, each mineral will scratch the ones below it, and be scratched by those above it.

Mineral  (Talc) = Hardness (1), Mineral  (Gypsum) = Hardness (2), Mineral  (Calcite) = Hardness (3), Mineral  (Fluorite) = Hardness (4),  Mineral  (Apatite) = Hardness (5), Mineral  (Orthoclase) = Hardness (6), Mineral  (Quartz) = Hardness (7), Mineral  (Topaz) = Hardness (8), Mineral  (Corundum) = Hardness (9), Mineral  (Diamond) = Hardness (10).

Diamond Care

A mineral composed of pure carbon, diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance known; however, they can still suffer chips and fractures from sharp blows. It is possible to scratch a diamond with a diamond, so please take care when wearing and storing your diamond jewellery.

Your diamonds with warm soapy liquid and a soft toothbrush, rinsing the stone and setting afterwards to ensure no soapy residue.

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