Many factors can influence the longevity of your jewellery, follow our simple tips to keep it looking its best so that you can enjoy it for years to come.
CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY
We recommend storing your jewellery pieces individually, preferably in your Pia box to ensure they don’t rub together, scratch or tangle.
Avoid tangled chains by ensuring the clasp is fastened when storing.
WHAT TO AVOID
As a rule of thumb your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off when getting dressed.
Hand-dyed gemstones and coloured mother-of-pearl shell beads are susceptible to fading and colour transfer if they come into direct contact with the chemicals present in alcohol-based products such as perfume, hairspray, sun protection products, make-up, nail polish remover, oils, and deodorant.
Sterling silver, gold-plated silver and 9ct gold may also be affected by these chemicals if in direct contact.
Gemstones and hand-dyed shell are also sensitive to direct light. Prolonged exposure to natural and artificial light can cause fading and loss of colour.
Avoid swimming or showering whilst wearing your jewellery as chlorine, saltwater and fresh water can damage precious metals and gemstones by dulling, discolouring or eroding them. Soapy water when bathing and showering can also leave a thin film, which makes the metal seem dull.
HOW TO AVOID TARNISHING
Tarnishing is a natural process whereby metals, including sterling silver, gold-plated sterling silver and 9ct gold, react to the oxygen and moisture in the air, which results in oxidisation and eventually tarnishing.
Avoid exposing your jewellery to high humidity or heat by storing your pieces in a sealed plastic bag or airtight box when it is not being worn will keep out the air and moisture.