Here at Quiddity gifts we always say 'jewellery that is handmade with care should be worn with care' but what that means really depends on your jewellery. Here are some tips on how to take care of handmade jewellery:
Sterling Silver will naturally tarnish over time but can be polished with commercial jewellery cleaners or even toothpaste. Quiddity Gifts jewellery is silver-plated (unless custom ordered), which means excessive polishing will actually encourage the plating to come off even faster. All silver-plated jewellery comes with a microfibre cloth and we recommend giving it a quick wipe when you take it off, then storing it in an airtight zip-lock bag.
316L Stainless Steel is a hypoallergenic material that does not tarnish. This hardwearing material is easy to keep clean.
- Simply poor some warm water into a small bowl and add some mild dishwashing soap.
- Dip the cleaning cloth in the soapy water and gently wipe the jewellery.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub any detailed areas that need cleaning.
Paperclay is a favourite material to work with here at the Quiddity Gifts studios as it is made from eco-friendly recycled paper and is so lightweight that even large statement pieces are comfortable to wear. This clay is not fired in a kiln, but airdries, meaning it is not waterproof; however, multiple layers of varnish and wax are applied for weatherproofing.
Découpage is a centuries old technique of building up layers of cut paper and sealing it under varnish. This means that the item is weather-proofed, but not waterproof; therefore, care should be taken not to immerse the piece in water or have it come into contact with cleaning products.
Some découpage jewellery pieces are made with a wooden base and others have a handmade paperclay base, meaning they should be treated as paperclay jewellery.
Gemstones range in quality and the semi-precious stones used in Quiddity Gifts jewellery can be quite delicate; therefore, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times.
Some stones, like Turquoise or Howlite, are very porous and should be simply wiped with a soft dry cloth.
Stone that are prone to fading, such as Amethyst, should be kept away from harsh sunlight. Quiddity Gifts also offers heat-treated Amethyst that comes in a darker purple that resists fading.
General Jewellery Care Tips:
- Jewellery should be the last thing you put on - after you've dressed and applied make-up, hair products, or perfume. Repeated exposure to the chemicals in these products, as well as those in bleach and household cleaners, causes your jewellery to lose its sparkle.
- Try to avoid immersing semi-precious gemstones in water as porous stones may absorb chemicals and become discoloured.
- Do not wear your jewellery while sleeping or exercising. Unnecessary stress on the components and rough handling (tugging, pulling) can result in broken links or wire.
- The best way to store your jewellery is by wiping it with a soft cloth and putting it in a zip-lock bag.