Item Care

RINGS

Rings get the most knocks of all jewellery, especially if your job uses your hands a lot.  It is best to remove rings before an activity that you are likely to be rough on your hands (at the gym, DIY, gardening etc).

NECKLACES

Avoid knots by fastening chains when you are not wearing them.

Chains will break when pulled with enough force.  This is helpful to avoid trauma to your neck but be aware of the chain's limitations, especially fine chains.

EARRINGS

Earring posts are delicate and can be easily bent or misshapen.  Take care of your earrings and store in a safe place when not in use.  Some earrings, like studs are generally fine to sleep in, but be cautious with drop earrings as they can be caught and damaged if slept in. If you do sleep in your studs or sleepers, be aware that the bedsheets will slowly erode the metal over time.

Precious Metals 

PRECIOUS METAL CARE

Follow this advice to get the most wear out of your jewellery:

  • Keep in airtight container/original packaging with silica packet or anti-tarnish paper
  • Bedsheets will act as abrasive on metal, so remove at night
  • Avoid chlorine water and bleach
  • Try not to swim or shower with your jewellery
  • Use a small amount of polish and polishing cloth to remove tarnish
  • Clean dirt build ups using warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush and always dry completely
  • Plated metals may require a professional replate when it has worn away

STERLING SILVER

Sterling silver has remained a jewellery favourite due to it being malleable and workable for the jewellery maker, yet strong and hardwearing for the wearer.  Silver is relatively inexpensive for a noble metal.  Sterling silver is comprised of 92.5 parts silver and 7.5 parts copper so sterling silver will be stamped with ‘925’ to identify it.  Sterling silver will tarnish over time so it is best to store in an airtight container and polish it regularly with a polishing cloth.  Avoid chlorine, water and bleach.

9KT YELLOW GOLD

Pure gold is 24 karats.  9k is 375 parts pure gold out of 1000 parts (which is why 9K gold is stamped ‘375’).  Other metals used in 9kt gold are used to increase the hardness of the alloy, as pure gold is too soft for jewellery wear.  9kt is more prone to tarnish than more pure gold such as 18kt and this shows in a dullness.  This tarnish can be managed by storing in airtight container and using a soft cloth to polish every now and then.  Hardness and durability are often confused.  18kt gold is the industry standard for durable gold jewellery that can be handed down through generations, though they are still prone to wear.  At Girleewoo, we have chosen 9kt gold as it is cost effective quality.  With the proper care these items can last and retain value.

9KT WHITE GOLD

White gold is a slightly more expensive material than yellow gold for 2 reasons.  First it is made of an alloy that includes palladium and sterling silver to make the pure gold (which is yellow) whiter and these are more expensive metals than what would make a 9kt yellow gold alloy.

[An alloy is a mixture of metals]

Secondly, it receives an extra process of Rhodium plating.  Rhodium is a rare and expensive metal in the Platinum group of metals.  It is the most reflective of metals and a beautiful shock white colour.  Plating does eventually wear off, especially with rings.  It is recommended to take your item to a jewellers for a plate and polish when you have very worn plating that you can see the slight yellow tinge of the white gold underneath.  For everyday rings, we recommend every 1-2 years as overpolishing will wear the jewellery thin.  9kt white gold is stamped ‘375’ for identification.