See the hints and tips below for taking care of your Winter in July jewellery.
Wearing of silver or gold jewellery
You must remove jewellery before:
- any form of physical exercise
- going to bed
- entering a shower, pool, spring or the sea (chemicals found in swimming pools and natural springs cause tarnishing).
Wearing diamond jewellery
Diamonds are some of the hardest minerals on earth, however they can get chipped and shatter. Periodically check your jewellery settings to ensure the diamonds are still secure.
- Soak your jewellery in warm water with a little dishwashing liquid, or use a jewellery cleaner
- Use a soft brush (such as an old toothbrush) to carefully clean your jewellery. A harsh brush might produce scratch marks
- When the dirt has been removed, rinse the jewellery again in the bowl and then dry it with a clean dish towel
If silver jewellery gets tarnished, use a silver dip solution. Always ensure you clean your item after silver dipping, with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush.
Do not put blackened jewellery (e.g. the blackened silver rose earrings) in silver dip, as the patina will be removed. To clean these pieces, please use silver cloth. It will remove the tarnishing on the raised area and the depressed area will remain blackened.
Storing your jewellery
- Store pieces separately in a jewellery box or bag to help avoid scratching by other items of jewellery.
- Storing your jewellery in a zip-lock bag is recommended as exposure to the air and environment can cause your jewellery to tarnish. Zip-lock bags are a cheap way to keep your jewellery looking newer for longer. Storing jewellery in acid-free tissue is another option.
- Store each item of jewellery separately, so that they don’t rub against each other, or tangle. Sleeping with jewellery on is not advisable.
- Damp and hot conditions cause jewellery to tarnish. Do not store jewellery in the bathroom, near heating vents, on window sills or in the bathroom.
Each Winter in July pieces are designed and handcrafted in Auckland, New Zealand.
The inspiration comes from beauty of the nature and the meaning behind it.