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Jewellery care

How to care for your silver jewellery

To reduce the time it takes for your silver jewellery to to tarnish: do not expose it to sweat, perfumes, or other chemical substances. If exposed, your jewellery will likely tarnish faster.

We recommend to clean Gles Jewels designs with a jewellery polishing cloth when your Gles Jewels lose lustre or start to tarnish. You get it back as new!

 

How to store silver jewellery

Air-restricted-spaces are therefore best to store sterling silver jewellery. That is why jewellery boxes and cabinets slows down the tarnishing process, even though they are not completely airtight.

 

What sterling silver says about your health 

The higher the acid level in one’s body, the faster Sterling Silver turns black.

On rare occasions people have high acid levels in the body, this tarnishes Sterling much faster that those with a lower acidic body. The way to neutralise it is to eat alkaline foods. Vegetables and fruit can turn an acid body and even one who suffers with heartburn into an alkaline system quickly, alleviating the acidity in the stomach and the acid levels while perspiring. 

In addition to the air, your silver jewellery may very well react with you skins alkaline levels. There’s a most times trace of sulfur on your skin, and some people have more than others.

The presence of Sulphur and amino acids can be found in perspiration like sweat, or medication containing sulphur. This can cause discoloration to your skin and jewellery made from or have trace amounts of a base metal; such as copper, brass, or nickel.

Cleaning the jewellery regularly helps to avoid this type of discoloration.

 

 Cleaning antique finish jewellery

Oxidized silver is a process that many jewellers use to give sterling silver a black patina or even colour patina on sterling silver.

Caution:

Be careful: using a polish or cleanser can remove the patina entirely and bring it back to its original silver state.

If you'd prefer a jeweller to do it for you for a peace of mind, please take it to a local jewellery store, or contact us at contact@glesjewels.com we will send you details on how to send your Gles Jewels design back to us and we will clean it for you.

 

How to care for your feather jewellery

If you’re wondering how to care for/repair your jewellery featuring feathers – because they’re starting to a look a little tired, Peacock or Pheasant Feather Jewellery and other feather accessories can be rejuvenated after prolonged wear ‘n tear by following these steps:

  1. Blowdry or dust lightly to remove any dust build-up
  2. Use a slightly damp cloth to wipe the feathers gently – Always wipe in the direction of the feather growth to maintain the shape of the feather
  3. Use a soft dry toothbrush to comb your feathers to maintain their proper shape
  4. If the feathers have lost their shape, when you make a cup of coffee/tea in the morning, hold aside any silver or leather and gently wave the feather/s over the kettle and the steam will fluff up the feathers again. Use your fingers to bring the feather back to shape if necessary. Or 

    hang them on the bathroom wall while you take a shower and let them enjoy the moisture bath from the shower

  5. If you need to store your handmade feather jewellery, store the piece loosely by hanging them. This is the best option as they face the chances of getting tangled if kept in drawers.

 

How to care for your brass jewellery

To store your brass jewellery, the best thing to do is wrap each piece in soft fabric and store in an airtight bag. 

Overall, brass is an easy and versatile metal to use in jewelry, and with care, brass pieces will be with you for a very long time. As with all jewellery, it is best to put them on last, right before you the leave your house, and take them off and store them carefully right when you get back.