General jewellery care instructions
Each Eliise Maar piece comes with a complimentary polishing cloth for your use. Whilst basic cleaning can be done at home, we recommend having your jewellery professionally cleaned and inspected every 6 months.
We also recommend you take out adequate insurance for your jewellery and that it’s kept up to date. We recommend you have your jewellery valued every 2-3 years. Check with your insurer to understand their requirements.
Wearing your jewellery
Our jewellery is designed to last for many years to come but all precious jewellery will naturally tarnish over time. Always protect your jewellery from knocks, scratches, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold to minimize these effects.
We recommend to:
- Remove jewellery when showering or bathing. This is particularly important when on the beach, in the sea and in chlorinated water.
- Avoid wearing jewellery when doing physical work such as housekeeping, gardening or exercise.
- Never expose jewellery to household cleaning products such as bleach.
- Avoid spraying perfume, hairspray and applying creams or makeup directly onto your jewellery or making contact with it.
- Keep away from extreme temperatures and humidity.
General jewellery cleaning
Using a soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep silver, yellow and rose gold jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching.
Caring for Sterling Silver Jewellery
If you live in a humid climate your silver jewellery will tarnish quickly and you’ll need to clean it quite regularly. Ideally, store silver pieces in an airtight bag to help reduce tarnishing.
Cleaning sterling silver jewellery without gemstones
You can create an inexpensive silver dip solution. The silver dip works by creating a chemical reaction which removes tarnish. It is effective for cleaning silver chains which are difficult to clean by hand.
Under no circumstances should you place any type of gemstones in the solution, it may permanently damage the stone.
To create the solution:
- Line a bowl or large cup with aluminium foil.
- Place your jewellery inside the lined cup or bowl.
- Cover the jewellery with a small amount of baking soda, just enough so you can barely see the jewellery.
- Pour hot water over the jewellery and wait for the bubbling to stop.
After the solution has stopped bubbling, rinse and buff the silver jewellery dry with your cloth. You may need to repeat the process multiple times for badly tarnished pieces. Please also be careful to keep yourself away from any fumes and ensure the room is well ventilated before starting.
Sterling silver jewellery with gemstones
To clean silver jewellery which contains gemstones, create a solution of mild detergent and warm water in a bowl. Do not perform this in a sink to avoid any risk of losing the piece or a loose stone down the drain. Gently buff small sections of the jewellery taking care not to touch the gemstone. Rinse and dry to complete the process. If the jewellery is heavily tarnished you may require professional cleaning. Please keep in mind that the harsher the cleaner the more likely your jewellery could be damaged
Caring for gold jewellery
Soak your gold jewellery in a mild detergent and warm water solution for 1-3 minutes. Avoid chlorine and ammonia as both can discolour the metal.
Remove and gently brush the jewellery (being careful to avoid touching any gemstones) with a soft toothbrush to remove any remaining residue.
Carefully rinse the gold jewellery in warm water to remove the detergent solution.
Thoroughly dry the gold jewellery with your cloth, any remaining moisture will dull the shine of the gold.
Since many gemstones are quite delicate, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times. We advise cleaning your precious stones with a clean, soft, damp cloth after wearing. Very porous stones such as turquoise and emeralds should be cleaned using an untreated, dry, soft cloth only. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean gemstones as they can cause scratching.
Caring for Your Wedding / Engagement Ring
Since you will probably be wearing your ring every day, it will need to be cleaned every 1-2 weeks. Doing this at home is easy and inexpensive.
Most rings made of gold, platinum, diamond, sapphires and rubies can be cleaned by following these directions:
- Place your ring in a bowl of warm water with a few drops of mild detergent. Do not perform this in a sink to avoid any risk of losing the piece or a loose stone down the drain.
- Let your ring soak for 5-10 minutes to loosen any build-up.
- Use a baby toothbrush and gently clean around the stone settings. Be sure to clean under the stone setting as well. Rinse in warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.