- Remove jewellery when showering or bathing. This is particularly important when on the beach, in the sea and in chlorinated water.
- Avoid wearing jewellery when doing physical work such as housekeeping, gardening or exercise.
- Never expose jewellery to household cleaning products, especially bleach and highly reactive solutions.
- Avoid spraying perfume, hairspray on the gemstones or pearls as it jeopardizes the integrity of the material.
- Remove jewellery when applying make-up, creams to avoid the residue getting into the texture or gemstone setting.
- Any residue dulls the shine of your ring.
- Keep away from extreme temperatures and humidity.
Using a soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep silver, yellow and rose gold jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching.
We are not responsible for how you wear your jewellery. Scratches and knocks are part of normal signs of everyday wear.
JEWELLERY CARE FOR DELICATE ITEMS
With thin or delicate items, please only pull it straight. Please do not twist it and do not use a twist motion when you opening or closing the clasp or the links may snap. If you twist it, it may snap. Put delicate items on last when getting ready and take it off first to avoid them getting caught.
GOT THE GREEN FINGER?
We’ve all experienced it at one point. We spend a whole day wearing our favourite jewellery, running errands and feeling fabulous. We return home, release ourselves from our jewels and the weight of a long day, only to discover a peculiar and unwelcome sight: Green Finger.
What is this phenomenon and why does it happen when wearing certain types of jewellery? Contrary to popular belief, the ring of skin that turns green underneath a piece of jewellery doesn’t occur due to the poor quality of the ring, nor is it harmful. It is a perfectly normal, yet rare, response to certain materials within the jewellery, and can appear when wearing fine expensive jewellery just as much as with more affordable options. But how does it work, and how can it be prevented?
Traces of copper will be found in Gold/Rose Gold plating as this contributes to the colouring of the metal. In some extreme cases of sensitive, highly acidic skin, you may experience some oxidisation (slight greening). The other main cause of oxidisation is chemicals found in hand creams. This is, in fact, a common trait in even the finest of jewellery.
If you are allergic or sensitive to metals or have had green tainting before then you are likely to experience the same reaction. Those that are sensitive to metals should not purchase copper/brass based jewellery and instead opt for Stainless Steel jewellery.
WHY DOES MY FINGER TURN GREEN?
The patch of skin in contact with a ring turns green when the materials oxidise. This means they react to the pH levels of your skin and create a tarnish, which then leaves a stain on the skin. People who happen to have a higher acidic pH within their skin tend to experience this phenomenon more often and, whilst rare, it’s worth knowing what to do when such an instance arises. Another common culprit is the chemicals in your hand creams which will cause the metal to oxidise even if your skin is not sensitive to metals.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT MY SKIN TURNING GREEN?
If you are one of the few people who experience staining when you wear jewellery, there are some steps you can take to prevent such occurrences and better enjoy your accessories.
- Keep the area dry
Take off your rings before you wash your hands, shower, or go swimming. Damp skin can often expedite the process of oxidation and cause a more noticeable green stain on your skin. If you are going swimming, it’s especially important to remove your jewellery, as the chlorine will leave a green stain and also damage your jewellery!
- Pay attention with lotions
Chemicals found in lotions can also react to the materials in your jewellery, therefore causing a darker stain on your skin. Make sure the lotion has absorbed into your skin completely before putting on your rings.
- Ask about what materials are in your jewellery
Whilst green staining can happen from many different types of jewellery—both high and low quality, it is true that lower quality jewellery is more likely to cause a stain. Always be aware of what materials are present in your rings, in order to avoid the Green Finger. Stainless steel, 925 sterling silver, platinum, rhodium-plated and gold-plated materials are all made from safe materials that are good for sensitive skin, and yet can still cause some staining. Try to avoid nickel, as it is the cheapest and lowest quality material that can be found in jewellery, and is known to cause irritation and infection.
- Apply a polymer barrier
One of the best and most effective ways to avoid the green finger is to apply a polymer barrier to the inner band of your rings. This effectively creates a barrier between the jewellery and your skin, which prevents oxidisation and staining. A jewellery shield product is cheap to buy, and you will need to reapply every few weeks once it has worn away. This is by far the cheapest and most efficient way of reducing green finger without splashing out on expensive solid-gold or solid-platinum accessories.
- Try clear nail polish
If in dire immediate need, another alternative to a polymer barrier is clear nail polish. Just as with a polymer barrier, you can apply a layer of nail varnish to the inside of your rings in order to form some protection between the metals and your skin. This method is less effective, however, and can also change the appearance of your jewellery.
WHAT DO I DO TO TREAT A GREEN FINGER?
Knowing how to avoid jewellery staining is useful, but you’re probably reading this article because you have already fallen prey to the unfortunate Green Finger. What can you do to remove the staining?
The first and most obvious step is to remove the stain by scrubbing your skin with soap and warm water. Use a nailbrush to provide a little more friction. If this doesn’t work, you can also use make-up remover or rubbing alcohol for more stubborn stains. Wipe over the affected area with some cotton, and then rinse off with warm water and soap. For particularly dark and troublesome stains, you may also use a non-acetone nail varnish remover. Again, use a cotton pad to apply gently over the stain, and rinse with soap and warm water. This method should be your last option however, and should not be used on a regular basis, as it is harsher on the skin and can cause dryness.
We take no responsibility or liability for any reactions that may take place; It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all precautions are taken as we are unable to know each individual's allergies and sensitivities.
USEFUL JEWELLERY INFORMATION
Silver is a soft metal in its pure form, too soft to be used for jewellery and other items, so it's mixed with other metals to make it more durable. A popular silver mixture is known as sterling silver.
Sterling silver is an alloy (a mix) of silver containing 92.5% by mass of silver and 7.5% by mass of other metals, usually copper. Hence why it is called 925 sterling silver, it's the other metals that make the precious metal strong enough to work with and wear. Without them, fine silver would be too soft as a metal for the everyday wear of jewellery.
All sterling silver jewellery will age and tarnish naturally. However, with proper care, your precious metal will retain its beauty and shine. It is therefore recommended to clean your jewellery regularly if you want to keep your pieces in pristine condition.
Silver tarnishes when it is exposed to the air. This process is called oxidization and results in a tarnishing effect on the silver, which is called Silver Sulphate. This is the chemical reaction the other metals and copper have with the air. This is what creates that blue/brown look on the silver. It can also leave marks on your skin if you haven't cleaned the jewellery item.
Cubic Zirconia, or CZ, is a stone optically close to a diamond. It resembles the same optical characteristics, radiance and beauty as diamonds. CZ is much less expensive than diamond, optically flawless, and can be created in a variety of different colours. The biggest difference is that CZ is 70% heavier than diamond. CZ is extremely durable with a hardness rating of 8.5 compared to 10 for diamond.