HOW TO CLEAN FEI LIU JEWELLERY AT HOME
Dust, pollution and daily wear can affect the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of the metal. As with all the finer things in life, you should take care to protect you jewellery. One of our simpler suggestions if to store it in a dry area, away from direct sunlight.
For more further information on cleaning jewellery, please continue reading our guide.
- 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)
Pure gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish as it contains no oxide. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and we handling gold jewellery with care. 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.
For platinum jewellery, clean with a mild soapy water solution and a soft bristle brush. Over time platinum jewellery develops a natural patina which can be easily polished.
For gold, clean regularly to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint-free cloth or a gold polishing cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking its best.
The natural colour of white gold is a greyish colour, thus is rhodium plated to bright its colour. Rhodium is very white and very hard but it may wear eventually.
Pure gold is a metallic yellow. It consists of the alloys of copper and silver.
Rose gold is the result of varying proportions of copper and silver in the alloy. This results in a beautiful pinkish hue. We use a bespoke alloy for our rose gold to create a flattering hue for our jewellery.
Sterling Silver is an alloy of silver and other metals, usually copper. Pure silver is too soft for everyday wear so copper is generally used to give it strength. Whilst 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. Then, rinse it thoroughly and dry before storing. Or, polish your silver jewellery with a soft cloth.
VERMEIL JEWELLERY CARE
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 can damage and discolour your gold vermeil jewellery.
Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth. Gold vermeil will fade with time.
Diamonds and sapphires are some of the hardest materials (10 and 9 respectively on the Mohs scale). Yet, this does not mean they are indestructible. A knock onto a hard surface can chip or sometimes shatter a stone.
Not all precious and semi-precious stones can be cleaned in the same way. What works well for one stone, might damage another. Please see our guide below and if you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact us.
- Diamonds – clean with warm soapy water and a soft cloth clean toothbrush. All the while, taking care not to scratch the settings of your jewellery.
- Likewise, with the following gemstones: amethyst, citrine, garnet, peridot, ruby, sapphire, topaz, zircons.
- Pearls – clean with warm soapy water and a soft cotton cloth to protect the nacre (the pearl’s outer coating).
You are always more than welcome to contact us if you have any enquiries about the cleaning of your Fei Liu piece.