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Jewellery care

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Just like you, your beautiful jewellery does need to be looked after. Here is a list of hints and tips for you on how to care for your Made by Beth jewellery, so it will look as lovely as the day you received it. 

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  • Skin and hair products can react with jewellery causing it to tarnish, discolour and possibly corrode. I strongly advise applying any cosmetics and scents before you put on your jewellery.

  • Remove any jewellery before engaging in any form of physical exercise. Be it at the gym, gardening or cleaning, as this will ensure your delicate jewellery is not accidentally damaged. Perspiration can also contribute to the tarnishing of your jewellery.

  • Chemicals found in swimming pools and natural springs will cause extreme tarnishing. Water will also contribute to tarnishing of your jewellery. Therefore always remove your jewellery before entering a pool, shower, spring or the sea.

  • We recommend storing your jewellery in a ziplock bag as exposure to the air and environment can cause your jewellery to tarnish over time. Zip lock bags are a cheap way to keep your jewellery looking newer for longer. Acid free tissue is also an excellent way to store your jewellery.

  • Store your jewellery separately, so that they don’t tangle or rub and scratch against each other. I do not recommend sleeping in your jewellery.

  • Do not store jewellery next to heating vents, windowsills or in the bathroom. Damp and hot conditions will cause the jewellery to tarnish badly.

  • To brighten up your silver pieces I recommend using a silver dip solution. Always ensure you clean your item after silver dipping, with warm soapy water and a soft toothbrush.  I recommend Town Talk Silver Sparkle silver dip solution or follow my instructions below to make your own 

  • Take extra care when cleaning jewellery with gemstones and pearls and if unsure, do ask your local jeweller or contact me for further assistance.

DIY Silver Dip

  1. Line the bottom of the sink or a glass baking dish with a sheet of aluminum foil.

  2. Fill the foil-lined container with steaming hot water.

  3. Add salt and sodium bicarbonate(baking soda) to the water.  There's really no need to measure the amounts precisely—just use a spoonful or two of each substance.

  4. Drop the silver items into the container so that they are touching each other and resting on the foil. You'll be able to watch as the tarnish disappears.

  5. You can leave heavily tarnished items in the solution for as long as five minutes, but otherwise, remove the silver when it appears clean.

  6. Rinse the silver with water and gently buff it dry with a soft towel.

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