Why does the durability of your jewellery matter to us? Learn how to clean your jewellery with simple steps and preventive care

Why does the durability of your jewellery matter to us? Learn How to clean your jewellery with simple steps and preventive care.

A frequently asked question among our customers, which you may have asked before is: 'What is the quality of these items, will they go dark or tarnish?'

This question is mainly asked when analysing the cost-benefit of a purchase.

The answer is simple but may leave some doubts. That is why we wanted to offer our tips on how to care for your jewellery.

The answer to this question is yes, they can darken and change colour over time. Discolouration is a natural process and it ends up occurring easily with jewellery that is not made entirely of noble metals.

Even still, jewellery made entirely of noble metals requires care so that this natural process is avoided or delayed.

How to clean your jewellery

Silver is one of the noble metals most sensitive to the reactions of the environment. This metal darkens easily due to oxygen and sulphur, which is naturally present in our bodies and in our daily lives.

Silver naturally tarnishes and stains over time because of a chemical reaction called oxidisation. This can happen more frequently depending on your body oils or perspiration and, therefore, may require extra special care.

What we would like to emphasize is that in the same way that the material is more prone to oxidizing, it is easily polished and with care or preventive cleaning, its shine can appear like new again. Cleaning your jewellery at regular intervals will help this.

Through the last two collections, we have developed pieces that have, in their majority, a finish that allows for sporadic cleaning.

The Importance of Preventive Cleaning

Preventive cleaning is our best tip. It is possible to anticipate future oxidation, especially if you live in a coastal or hot climate.

Avoiding some situations and following some precautions is essential.
Cleaning is best done dry, while making firm and circular movements .directly on the part or item.
A cotton fabric helps a lot, but the old flannel works miracles.
Instantly after polishing oxidized silver, it returns shine and life again.

Tips to follow for further care:

 Avoid wearing jewellery on your body during a sea bath or while swimming.
 Avoid placing your jewellery in a position where it may be exposed to direct sunlight or heat, whether it is stored or not.
 In case of extreme heat and perspiration, remove your jewellery, clean it and use it again after your body cools.
 It is necessary to protect your jewellery by avoiding contact with chemicals of any nature, whether they are moisturizing creams, conditioners, protectors or derivatives.
 Avoid friction between jewellery and sharp objects, hard surfaces and be careful to avoid sudden falls. Although some of our materials are durable, they may crack, dent or break.
 It is important to keep your jewellery in its original packaging or stored in a safe place and always, away from sun exposure.

Tips to clean your jewellery:

 Add a few drops of neutral detergent or coconut oil in an appropriate container for cleaning and add a little warm water .
 With a soft bristle brush, gently clean the piece with circular movements, letting it rest in the container for less than a minute.
 Remove the mixture under running water.
 Dry the piece well with a cotton towel, without rubbing, just pressing.
 Use a hair dryer to dry any remaining water on the piece.
 Finish by polishing your piece with the flannel.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email our team at contact@eclecticcollection.com.au

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