Jewellery Care Instructions
Basic Jewellery Care
Andrea Estelle jewellery is designed to last a lifetime, however with normal wear proper care is required to keep it looking good. As a result we've created this Basic Jewellery Care Guide to direct you in the proper care of your jewellery.
- Remove Jewellery During Tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewellery include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
- Put Jewellery On After Applying Makeup – Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewellery on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
- Don't Wear Jewellery In Swimming Pools and Spas – Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
- Sports– Hard blows during sports can damage jewellery. All jewelry should be removed before play begins, this includes gym workouts particularly when gripping weighted bars.
For those that wear jewelry regularly, keeping their jewelry clean and looking good requires regular effort. Here are some general guidelines that may help:
Remove Your Jewellery Before Bathing
Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and canky. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.
Use Jewellery Polishing Cloths for Best Results
Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. You can use a svelte or an old diaper, but the professional cloths are the best. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
Clean Your Jewellery With Care
Cleaning your own jewellery regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning a solution yourself. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders, but bleach can literally destroy jewelry so avoid it at all costs.
Use Warm Water to Clean Jewellery
Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your own jewelry. How water can cause reaction with the cleaning fluids resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.
Keep Your Jewelry Secure
Store your jewellery in a container and prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined jewelry boxes are ideal, this can be as simple as using a shoebox and pieces of fabric.
Prevent Your Jewelry from Tarnishing
Sometimes jewelry tarnishes went it's not worn, especially silver and gold. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewellery.