Your jewellery is carefully crafted with longevity and daily wear in mind. Sarah uses only solid gold and silver, never plated, and over time it may bear the marks of daily wear - the marks of a life lived and enjoyed are to be celebrated!
That said, if you are undertaking certain physical tasks such as strenuous activities, heavy lifting or manual work, it is a good idea to remove your jewellery to safeguard against damage.
Diamonds and gemstones
Sarah sources gemstones from a select few established and respected suppliers for their quality and ethical practices. Diamonds are the hardest material on earth and incredibly durable, but they are not indestructible - a knock in the just the right place can cause a diamond or other stone to crack or chip, or be pushed out of its setting. Rings are particularly susceptible, worn as they are on our hands, so remove rings when doing any strenuous activity.
As with any fine jewellery, stones and settings should be checked occasionally for signs of wear-and-tear, or any movement in the settings, and contact Sarah if you are concerned.
Cleaning and care
Clean your jewellery regularly using warm water, dish soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush, to remove any build-up of dirt and residue from wear and to restore the brightness of gemstones and diamonds.
18 carat gold will not tarnish, but in certain conditions 9 carat gold and silver will. On silver this manifests as a dark, greyish shadow, on gold it appears more orange-brown, and it is a natural result of the metal reacting with oxygen and a layer of oxide forming on the surface. It causes no damage whatsoever, but it makes the jewellery appear dull and discoloured.
Light tarnish is easily removed by buffing with a soft polishing cloth.
To remove more stubborn tarnish, try this easy, non-toxic method.
The best way to safeguard against tarnishing is to wear your jewellery often - the movement against your body and the gentle friction from your clothing will buff your jewellery and help keep it tarnish-free.