Mistakes are made, it’s easily done. When you own something as precious as a piece of jewellery you want to take care of it properly to prevent nasty accidents. A few mistakes are commonly made when owning jewellery. We're giving you a little advice on what not to do with yours.
Mistake #1 | Never Taking Jewellery Off
When you find a piece of jewellery you adore it quickly becomes part of your daily outfit; when jewellery is so comfortable and effortless to wear it’s tempting to put it on and never take it off. If you never take your jewellery off it’s likely you wear it when showering, doing the housework, cooking, sleeping, and all those other countless daily tasks. Without realising you could be exposing the precious metal to harsh chemicals that may cause corrosion, tarnishing, and discolouration over time. Even subjecting your jewellery to a daily shower can take its toll. Remember to remove your jewellery during activities to protect it from accidental damage.
Mistake #2 | Not Storing Jewellery Properly
It’s tempting to take your jewellery off at the end of the day and keep it at the side of the bed ready for the next morning. But jewellery can become easily tangled and exposure to sunlight can slowly cause discolouration. Jewellery keeps it shine for longer when stored in a polyethylene or mylar ziplock bag with all the air squeezed out and in its original jewellery box. When storing your jewellery, make sure the chain is fastened to prevent tangling and never leave your jewellery in direct sunlight or stored in a damp environment.
Mistake #3 | Incorrectly Cleaning Jewellery
All jewellery will eventually need a little TLC to bring back its shine especially sterling silver which naturally tarnishes over time. DIY cleaning methods can potentially damage your jewellery and not making certain your jewellery is completely dry after cleaning can cause water stains and corrosion. Simple is always better; we recommend using lukewarm water, a mild soap, and a gentle cleaning cloth. Make absolutely certain your jewellery is completely dry afterwards and you’ll end up with beautifully radiant jewellery.
Mistake #4 | Putting Jewellery On First
One of the most common causes of damaged and broken jewellery is snags on clothing and exposure to beauty products. Getting dressed after putting on your jewellery can lead to accidental breakages, most commonly distorted or snapped chains. If you wear skincare, makeup, or perfume, jewellery should be put on after applying these too. The ingredients in beauty products can lead to tarnishing and permanent discolouration. Jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
Mistake #5 | Not Wearing Jewellery Enough
If you’re worried about damaging your jewellery by wearing it too much or not cleaning it properly, it’s understandable you might only want to wear your jewellery for special occasions. It might come as a surprise that not wearing your jewellery enough can do just as much damage. If stored properly your jewellery should be safe but certain metals, like sterling silver, naturally tarnish over time and wearing it regularly will help prevent the natural tarnishing process. When you wear your jewellery the rubbing motion against your skin and clothing gently polishes the metal helping to maintain its lustrous shine.
We designed our jewellery to be worn every day. Follow our jewellery care guide for advice on how to protect your jewellery and it will last you a lifetime. Have a question? Get in touch, we're here to help.