Caring for Your Jewellery
Keep your Shiels jewellery looking clean and shiny for many years to come by following these simple tips:
Remove Your Jewellery Before Bathing
Soaps or body products used whilst showering or cleaning can cause a film to form, making your jewellery appear dull. Avoid this by always removing your jewellery before taking a shower or going for a swim.
Use Jewellery Polishing Cloths for Best Results
It’s always best to regularly polish your silver or gold jewellery with the correct polishing cloth. Although it may not be visible immediately, paper towels and tissue can cause scratches because of the fibres in these products. Therefore, cloths made specifically for jewellery are the best way to maintain the sparkle in your Shiels pieces.
Clean Your Jewellery with Care
Be careful when cleaning your own jewellery and always ensure you use the appropriate products. You can either purchase special jewellery cleaners from Shiels, or make a simple cleaning solution yourself. Whatever you decide, seek advice from a jewellery expert first.
Using Warm Water to Clean Jewellery
Warm water is great for cleaning jewellery, however, you should be aware that water can cause reactions with some cleaning fluids resulting in discolouration.
Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and using tarnish remover.
Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewellery
Never clean any jewellery that is damaged, cracked or broken, because the additional handling will worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewellery is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
Inspect Your Jewellery Regularly
When having your jewellery professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss, keeping all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.