JEWELRY CARE TIPS

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JEWELLERY CARE

After purchasing your treasure on Annielka here are some jewellery knowledge facts you should know about before wearing your new jewellery. Prolong it's life and shine by following these following tips.

1. PRACTICE CORRECT STORAGE

When you are not wearing your jewellery keep each piece stored separately in air tight zip lock bag or the original box packaging in a dry place. Ensuring minimal exposure to the air and moisture will lsow down the natural tarishing of your metals. This is especially important in humid countries and will also prevent knocks and scratches against other jewellery and objects.  

2. CLEAN REGULARLY

It is recommended to clean your jewellery carefully and regularly with a soft lint free (micro fiber) cleaning cloth after each wear to remove sweat, oils and other chemicals. If using a professional jewellery-cleaning product, always read the manufacturers instructions.

3. AVOID WATER

The best way to keep jewellery from getting tarnished is not to let it be in contact with water. When you are washing your hands, showering or swimming (Chlorine in pools may cause the metals in jewellery to crack) make sure you take off your rings, bracelets, bangles and earrings. If it starts raining, run for cover. It your jewellery does get wet dry with a lint free (micro fiber) cleaning cloth.

4. REMOVE WHEN SWEATING

Sweating when wearing your jewellery is sure way to allow it to tarnish easily. Jewellery will very quickly tarnish readily on the skin if enough salt is present, aided by warmth and free access of air. Don't wear your jewellery to the gym or when exercising. If you are wearing your jewellery outdoors in the heat such as the beach use an absorbent powder, free of zinc oxide, on the skin areas which come into contact with your jewellery.

5. AVOID CONTACT WITH PERFUMES & CHEMICALS

Put on your perfume, moisturiser, deodorant, sunscreen, makeup and hairspray, insect repellant before you put on your jewellery, but allow them to absorb into your skin first so that there is minimal contact with these creams and chemicals.

6. AVOID DIRECT SUNLIGHT

Sunlight and extreme temperature can tarnish your jewellery and appearance of gemstones. If gemstones are left in direct sunlight, they will fade. So be sure to take off your jewellery before you go sunbathing.

7. HANDLE YOUR JEWELLERY WITH CARE

Natural semi-precious stones, pearls and gemstones are delicate and will break if dropped and may come loose from the setting. Please handle your jewellery with care

8. ONLY BUY QUALITY JEWELLERY

At Annielka we have hand selected jewelery designers who only use quality metals, platings and materials in their designs. We also ensure any gold, silver or rose gold plating on jewellery is at least 2.5 microns thick and we ensure the gold is at least 18 carat gold. We will never stock anything below this. If you want to buy something of better quality then opt for 925 sterling silver if buying silver and opt for vermeil if buying gold or rose gold. Vermeil is plating over 925 sterling silver. Because the base metal of vermeil is sterling silver it means the jewellery is much more durable, long lasting and also hypoallergenic. And if the plating wears off over time you can always get it re-dipped by a jeweller.