JEWELLERY CARE

CARE OF GOLD PLATED JEWELLERY

Also called gold vermeil, this is a layer of gold – either 18ct or 22ct – on top of sterling silver, and needs a little care and attention:

  • Always remove your gold plated jewellery when applying scent or lotions.

  • Never wear in the shower or when swimming, as chlorine can permanently damage or discolour your gold plated jewellery.

  • Your gold plated jewellery will not tarnish like silver but, depending on wear and how it’s been cared for, it may fade slightly over time.

  • Never use chemical cleaners or dips on gold plating – a gentle polish with a soft cloth will clean it.

  • Take care not to drop or scratch your jewellery and always store carefully in a pouch or jewellery box.

 

CARE OF RHODIUM PLATED JEWELLERY

To give a brighter finish and to prevent tarnishing, some silver, white gold and platinum jewellery is rhodium plated.  Rhodium is a member of the platinum family and is hypoallergenic.  This plating also needs a little TLC:

  • Keep your rhodium plated jewellery clean with a very soft toothbrush, water and a little washing up liquid.  Rinse well, dry and polish with a soft cloth.

  • Never clean rhodium plated jewellery with chemical cleaners or dips.  These will react with the plating and ruin the finish.

  • Remove rings if doing work with your hands that could scratch them.

  • Store in a jewellery box or pouch to avoid scratching