Want the most out of your jewellery? Here are some of our tips to keep it in top shape, making it last longer and looking pristine.
Keep your accessories away from water and other chemical agents to avoid discoloration and tarnishing. Soap, cosmetics, cooking grease, and natural skin oils can dull any jewellery and should be avoided. Handle your gems and pearls as little as possible, to avoid natural oils from your skin dulling and damaging them. In addition, water can damage the threading or setting of jewellery; so avoid getting threaded pearls or beaded jewellery wet.
Always put your jewellery on last when dressing so clothes don’t catch on it: apply makeup and hairspray first so they don’t contaminate your jewels, making sure to let everything dry before adding the finishing touches. When your hair is being styled, remove earrings so they aren’t caught on combs or brushes and steer clear of pearl earrings or necklaces if you’re having hair coloured, as the chemicals can cause discolouration; remove rings and bangles at the manicurist.
Gently clean your jewellery occasionally to remove any oils, dust or contamination. Follow your jewellers’ advice: if you are not sure how fragile a piece is, always err on the side of caution and use simple, non-abrasive materials like soap and water, with a soft toothbrush. Be careful not to rub or to over-handle your jewellery. Silver-dip type cleaners should only be used to clean silver jewellery, which must be rinsed and dried thoroughly afterwards. Gold, platinum and gemset jewellery can be cleaned using specialist jewellery cleaners, as appropriate.
Think about how you store it; different gemstones have different hardness and can easily scratch or knock each other if stored together. Keep jewellery in soft-lined compartments and take care to close any fastenings so items don’t catch or tangle. Jewellery should be stored away from direct sunlight, damp, and extremes of heat or cold. Try to keep the boxes and packaging that it comes in, as it is the easiest and often the best way to protect it from dust and damage. This won’t prevent silver from oxidising, however; you could consider storing items in airtight bags to minimise this, while silica gel packs will absorb moisture and sulphur in the air that can cause jewellery to lose its shine.
Larosa jewellery is made from the highest quality sterling silver, 304 and 316L stainless steel and 18/14k gold. However, with all jewellery, there is naturally occurring trace amounts of nickel present. This may cause some people to experience allergic reactions to the jewellery. However, these amounts are so low that only people who are hypersensitive may react to them. If you have an allergic reaction to any of our pieces, we recommend to stop wearing it.