Jewellery Care Instructions
LOOKING AFTER & STORING JEWELLERY
Store all jewellery in a clean, dry place away from direct sun exposure and other atmospheric elements. Do not store jewellery next to radiators, window sills or in rooms with excess condensation, such as bathrooms or wet rooms. Damp and hot conditions can cause precious metals to discolour, tarnish and erode as well as damage gemstones.
Keep all jewellery in separate pouches, boxes or bags to prevent pieces rubbing and scratching against one another. Store all beaded necklaces flat to prevent the thread or string stretching and becoming weak.
Skin and hair products such as body lotions, perfumes and creams can react adversely with jewellery causing precious metals to tarnish and/or erode. It is advisable to apply any cosmetic products in advance of putting on jewellery.
In order to minimise the chance of damage from knocks, scratches or sharp blows, it is advisable to remove all jewellery when partaking in any physical or labour intensive activities. For this same reason, it is also advisable not to wear jewellery when asleep at night.
Jewellery should not be worn in the shower or bath, or when bathing in a hot tub, pool or in the sea. Chemicals such as chlorine can damage, discolour or erode precious metals and gemstones.
Check jewellery regularly for signs of dirt, wear and tear. Do not use abrasive cleaners on jewellery. Gently rub gold or silver jewellery with a dry, clean, lint-free soft cloth to maximise the metals’ life and shine. Do not use rough paper towels or rough paper tissues to clean precious metals as they may also scratch the surface of the metal.
After each wear, it is recommended to wipe jewellery clean with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to remove any make-up or natural oils from the skin. Take extra care when cleaning jewellery containing gemstones or pearls as they are fragile and susceptible to damage. Gold may be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft, clean, lint-free cloth or old/baby toothbrush. Pieces must be rinsed thoroughly and dried well after cleaning.
It is advisable to consult a professional for advice on which product to use, and how best to use it, as commercial silver polishes can damage certain gemstones. It is especially advisable to obtain professional cleaning advice when dealing with antique jewellery or jewellery containing gemstones or pearls. After wearing, clean natural pearls with a soft, dry cloth and store in breathable fabric pouches or tissue.
REPAIRS & RECONDITIONING SERVICE
Over time, due to natural wear and tear, items of jewellery may need to be professionally polished, repaired, restored, or have stones re-set.
We recommend items of jewellery that are worn daily i.e engagement or stone-set wedding rings to be checked every six to twelve months to ensure settings are in full working order. Micro setting, claw setting and pave settings are particularly vulnerable to knocks.
Gee Woods is happy to help with any restoration and reconditioning requests. Please email email@example.com for further details.