HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR FEI LIU FINE JEWELLERY
Dust, pollution and daily wear can affect the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of precious metals. As with all the finer things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store it in a dry area, away from direct sunlight.
- For our silver collections, we suggest to lightly clean with a lint soft cloth.
- Keep your jewellery safe in the packaging provided or in a jewellery box.
- Avoid your jewellery coming into contact with chemicals (i.e. perfumes and hairspray)
Containing no oxides, pure gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken with your gold jewellery. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal; for example, 14ct gold tends to be more resistant to scratching than 18ct gold. We recommend that you wear rings of a similar carat together, e.g. your wedding and engagement ring.
Gold should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint free cloth or better yet a gold polishing cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking its best.
White Gold – White gold is achieved by combining pure gold with alloys such as silver and palladium. As the natural colour of white gold is a greyish colour, almost all white gold jewellery is plated with a metal called rhodium which is used to brighten its colour. Rhodium is very white and very hard but it may wear eventually.
Yellow Gold – Pure gold is a metallic yellow; alloys such as copper and silver are used as the principal metals used for gold alloy.
Rose Gold – Rose gold is the result of varying the proportions of copper and silver in the alloy, resulting in a beautiful pinkish hue. We use a bespoke alloy for our rose gold to create a universally flattering hue.
Platinum jewellery can be cleaned with a mild soapy water solution and a soft bristle brush. Over time platinum jewellery develops a natural patina which can be easily polished.
Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for everyday wear; therefore, copper is generally used to give it strength while at the same time preserving the ductility of the metal and its beauty.
As with most precious metals, sterling silver tarnishes; having said this, it is less likely to happen as quickly if regularly worn.
Clean your silver jewellery in warm soapy water, ensuring that it is rinsed thoroughly and dried before storing. Alternatively polish your silver jewellery with a soft cloth.
VERMEIL JEWELLERY CARE
Quite simply, gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10ct and at least 1.5 microns thick.
Never wear your gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery.
Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth or even a silver polishing cloth. Gold vermeil will fade with time.
Gemstones each carry their own characteristics so it is best if gemstones do not come into contact with chemicals.