CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY

You can clean polished silver jewellery easily with a silver polishing cloth (widely available). But if your jewellery has a satin finish, I would recommend using a silver dip solution.

Oxidised silver requires virtually no cleaning. To remove dirt from intricate patterned areas use a soft brush either dry or with soapy water. Avoid hard brushes or any abrasives as they will scratch the surface and remove the patina. Avoid immersing oxidised areas in any chemical jewellery cleaning solutions as this will remove the oxidisation. To clean gold areas use a soft polishing cloth that is suitable for use with gold.

 

ABOUT OXIDISED SILVER

Oxidisation is the treatment of silver to change the surface colour to grey and black. Oxidisation is not a permanent surface treatment and can wear off. The oxidisation on raised patterned areas is prone to burnishing off over time, especially in the case of ring shanks. This is often a positive feature as it highlights the detail of the pattern. Items such as earrings and brooches that sit static will maintain their black finish as long as they are cared for. I'm happy to re-oxidise any pieces you have bought from me without charge, however postal charges will be payable by the customer.