Jewellery Care

Although all our products are of the finest craftsmanship and quality it is important to remember that jewellery is delicate so to ensure that it stays in the best possible condition we advise the following care:

  • Remove jewellery when bathing, showering or swimming as water and chemicals (especially chlorine) can affect the longevity of the gold plating or encourage silver to tarnish.
  • Chemicals in make-up, hair spray, scent and moisturisers can also affect the beauty and shine of your jewellery, so apply these before wearing your jewellery.
  • Remove jewellery when doing household tasks such as cleaning, playing sport or other strenuous activities since jewellery may become scratched or harmed by sharp blows.
  • Do not wear your jewellery whilst on the beach or sunbathing since extreme temperatures and strong UV rays can cause gemstones to fade in colour and lose their original beauty, whilst sand can damage their surface.


We recommend that after wearing your jewellery you gently wipe each piece with a soft cloth, which will remove makeup and skin oils. Please take care to store your jewellery separately so that it does not get entangled, damaged or scratched by other pieces. If possible store your jewellery in its original packaging or wrap it in acid free-tissue paper and place it in a sturdy jewellery box or airtight container.

We advise you not to store jewellery in plastic bags since this will not protect your jewellery from impact and it can lead to condensation, which may harm metal surfaces, damage gemstones and cause pearls to lose their lustre.


Gold vermeil (pronounced vehr-may) is a term used to describe sterling silver metal that has been plated with gold. Gold vermeil has a number of benefits: most importantly it is comparable in appearance to pure gold but because of its composition it is significantly more affordable whilst still high quality. Equally gold vermeil jewellery is safe to wear for people that have nickel allergies or sensitivity to other metals.

To be considered gold vermeil the base metal must be sterling silver and the gold must be at least 10ct and be around 1.5 microns thick. All our pieces have been plated appropriately between 2-3 microns thick. Since the base of gold vermeil is sterling silver all our gold vermeil designs have been stamped 925 and where required our pieces have been hallmarked.

The nature of gold vermeil jewellery means that great care should be taken when wearing and storing your jewellery. Over time it is natural for the gold to wear which will give your jewellery its individual character. To ensure that this process is not accelerated please follow the jewellery care steps above. If required your gold vermeil jewellery can be re-plated, please contact us for further information.

To clean your gold vermeil jewellery and restore its beauty and shine we recommend that you use a soft and dry 100% cotton or microfibre cloth and gently rub the surface. Do not use a polishing agent, abrasive compounds or have gold vermeil jewellery machine polished as these processes will wear away at the layer of gold.


All our silver pieces are sterling silver, which is an alloy of silver that consists of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals. Sterling silver is generally used for jewellery since pure silver is too soft to create durable jewellery. All our products are stamped with a 925 to indicate that they are sterling silver and where required our pieces have been hallmarked.

Sterling silver is a precious metal and as a result of its composition your silver jewellery may tarnish gradually over time. Tarnishing is a natural process that is caused when sterling silver is exposed to humidity and chemicals such as hydrogen sulphide in the air. To minimise the speed of this process we advise you to follow the jewellery care steps above and clean your jewellery on a regular basis.

To clean your silver jewellery that is set with gemstones or pearls, we recommend that you gently polish the surface with a good jewellery polishing cloth. This will remove any tarnish or dullness, keeping your jewellery looking as good as new. To bring the shine back to your plain silver jewellery you can wash it with a soft cloth, mild soap and luke warm water.  Thoroughly rinse and dry your jewellery afterwards and finish by polishing the surface with a good jewellery polishing cloth.


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