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Hello! Welcome to the club.

So you’ve bitten the bullet and bought that special piece of armour you had your eye on, or maybe you’re about to pull the trigger and want a little more info on how to care for it? Perhaps you’re confused between the difference between real gold and gold plating? Don’t stress, we’ve got the deets to help you out.

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General sizing tips

All the pieces we stock are handmade; they are particularly delicate in nature and need to be taken care of appropriately. As such, there may be slight variations with each piece which show this individual character. Where possible, always store in a cotton or muslin bag (like the one that we will send your item in) away from direct sunlight and other jewellery, particularly those of different metal.

Extend the life of your jewellery by taking it off at bedtime, as well as before showers/pools/spas. Avoid excess perspiration on your item, as well as perfumes, soaps and chlorinated water (which can all cause damage). Ensure to put on your jewellery last, after clothing and make-up!

GOLD

Solid gold jewellery usually comes in 9, 10, 14 and 18 carat gold; the higher carat, the softer the metal. Pure gold pieces should be safe for sensitive ears. To retain it’s shine, clean gently in water with a soft cloth and toothpaste, then gently dry.

GOLD PLATED

Gold plated jewellery is where a thin layer of real gold covers a different metal. Only the outer layers are real gold; however we only stock gold plated sterling silver jewellery. Jewellery which is gold plated over sterling silver is safe for sensitive ears.

Clean gold plated jewellery with a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or baking soda. If you piece is tarnished, spray some WD-40 (that’s right!) directly on the affected spot, leave for a few minutes then wipe off.

GOLD FILL

Gold fill jewellery is similar to plating, however the layer of gold used is significantly thicker. The quantity and quality of gold fill jewellery is regulated, and is safe for sensitive ears.

As it behaves like a solid gold piece, care must be in the same way. Clean with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste, and gently polish with a soft cloth.

GOLD VERMEIL

Gold vermeil jewellery is sterling silver which has been gold plated. Jewellery which is gold plated over sterling silver is safe for sensitive ears.

Clean gold vermeil jewellery with a soft bristled toothbrush and toothpaste or baking soda. If you piece is tarnished, spray some WD-40 (that’s right!) directly on the affected spot, leave for a few minutes then wipe off.

SILVER

To maintain shine to your sterling silver jewellery, wear it often – the oils in your skin will help keep it looking it’s best!

That being said, make sure to avoid contact with household chemicals, perspiration and chlorinated water: these may cause corrosion and tarnish your piece.

To clean, use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste or baking soda. Another option is to polish using a microfibre or another soft, non abrasive cloth. Do not use paper towel or tissue to polish your jewellery as they contain fibres which can scratch the silver.

BRONZE

Bronze is an affordable alternative to 10 or 14k gold. Solid bronze is durable, easy to clean and will last decades. No plating means the piece will last a much longer time.

Bronze develops a patina over time; if you do not prefer this, clean carefully with a soft toothbrush and tomato sauce, or polish with a soft microfibre cloth.

Bronze has been known to oxidize when in contact with skin, leaving a greenish tint to the skin. This can be avoided by regularly washing your piece in soap and water, and taking it off when going to bed.

BRASS

Clean brass jewellery carefully with a soft toothbrush or your fingers, in mild liquid soap. Make sure to dry it carefully once it is clean.

To remove dullness or tarnish, smear tomato sauce over the item and leave for a couple of minutes. You may also wish to use a commercial brass cleaner from supermarkets, which remove any tarnishing immediately.

Finally, use a soft, dry cloth to rub a small amount of olive oil into the piece, which will help retain it’s shine.