JEWELLERY CARE & MAINTENANCE
Do not wear your jewellery in the shower, bath, swimming pool or hot tub. Shampoo and soaps may build up on the metal surface as well as the gemstones, making your jewellery look dull. Humidity is not friendly to precious metals. Prevent your jewellery from being exposed to humidity and avoid wearing your jewellery in very hot environments such as saunas or while sunbathing.
Household cleaners can tarnish or damage jewellery. Avoid contact with any chemicals. We recommend you not to wear your jewellery while doing household chores, gardening, exercising, cooking, cleaning or doing sports. All gemstones are fragile; even a diamond can chip or crack in case of impact. Protect your jewellery from hard surfaces, don’t drop them and avoid impact. Remember; more care extends the lifespan of your jewellery!
It’s better if you take your jewellery off before you go to sleep. This will prevent you from damaging your jewellery piece accidentally. A chain may be broken or a prong may be bent in your sleep, which may even cause you to lose a stone.
When removing your ring, always handle it by its band and never by its stone or stone setting. This will help you keep your ring’s stone secure and clean.
Store your jewellery items individually so that you can avoid scratches or damages.
Humidity will cause tarnish; do not keep your jewellery container in the bathroom to avoid it.
Natural oils from your skin may cause diamonds, gemstones and pearls to get dull. Handle them as little as possible when you don’t wear your jewellery.
Pearls need to breathe unlike many other gemstones. Keep them in a linen pouch.
GLAMIRA gift boxes have been designed for presentation or gifting and they are not meant for long-term storage. It is best to store your jewellery in proper materials depending on its metal and gemstones.
Store your diamond pieces separately as diamonds can scratch other jewellery and they can even scratch each other.
Clean your jewellery gently and regularly to remove any oils, dust or contamination. Use a mild soap and water along with a soft cloth, if needed. Make sure you pat dry your jewellery and wait until your jewellery is thoroughly dry before storing it back.
Some jewellery cleaners may contain abrasives which can be too harsh for your jewellery and not all of them are suitable for all types of metals and gemstones. The safest way to clean your jewellery is to use a mild soap and a very soft cloth or brush.
If the dirt is hard to remove, soak your jewellery in clean water for 5 to 10 minutes. Please remember that this method should not be used to clean jewellery with pearls or materials that are sensitive to humidity such as wood jewellery.
You may find some useful information on the Internet but please make sure that they are from reliable sources and remember that the cleaning methods that you may find may be for jewellery without stones. Applying metal cleaning techniques to jewellery with diamonds, gemstones, and pearls may cause severe damages on your jewellery.
We don’t recommend you to use ultrasonic or steam cleaners as they are not suitable for most of the gemstone and pearl jewellery. Every jewellery piece must be cared for and maintained depending on its product features.
Gold is a soft metal and this is the main reason for mixing it with other metals to produce jewellery. Being a soft metal makes it prone to scratches, which requires gentle handling and cleaning. Gold jewellery can also tarnish in an unsuitable environment. Avoid harsh soap including body wash, chlorine and household bleach as well as any unknown chemicals. Daily wear can cause the gold jewellery to have a dull surface. Clean your jewellery regularly to keep its luster. Be gentle while cleaning your jewellery and don’t polish it too harshly to prevent it from being scratched. Always make sure you gently dry it after cleaning. If your gold jewellery includes gemstones, please take it into consideration for maintenance and cleaning as well. Gemstones may require different maintenance methods based on their structure.
Both platinum and palladium are hypoallergenic metals as well as being rare and durable. They are more resistant to scratches than other metals, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t require care or they won’t get scratched at all. You should always care for your jewellery to enjoy it for a lifetime.
It is normal for platinum and palladium jewellery to take on patina with daily wear and tear. Patina is a matte luster and it is a preferred look of these metals by many people. You can easily clean your platinum or palladium jewellery by using a mild soap and warm water.
If your platinum or palladium jewellery includes gemstones, please take it into consideration for maintenance and cleaning as well. Gemstones may require different maintenance methods based on their structure. Do not soak or brush delicate gemstones that are mounted on your platinum or palladium jewellery.
Fine silver is a soft and malleable material, which can be damaged and scratched easily. However, your silver jewellery will last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance.
Silver is reactive to air and skin oils. It is very important to clean your silver jewellery regularly to protect it from tarnishing. It tarnishes faster when subjected to humidity and pollution. If you clean the tarnish off before it builds up, you can enjoy your silver jewellery for a long time. Once cleaned, silver jewellery must be kept dry and properly stored.
Do not use paper towels or tissues to clean your silver jewellery as they may scratch it.
Always remember that swimming pools are not friendly to silver and chlorine may permanently damage your jewellery. Make sure that you take your silver jewellery off before you swim. If you forget to remove it before swimming, make sure to rinse and dry it afterwards.
If your silver jewellery includes gemstones, please take it into consideration for maintenance and cleaning as well. Gemstones may require different maintenance methods based on their structure. If you prefer using a silver care solution to clean your jewellery, make sure that the gemstones on your jewellery don’t get in contact with the solution or any other chemicals.
These are special materials used for jewellery and they require care for a long lifespan. Protect your jewellery from extreme heat as well as excessive water and humidity.
Enamel and ceramic jewellery pieces or parts are less resistant to impact compared to precious metals; so avoid hitting or dropping them on hard surfaces.
If your jewellery includes gemstones, please take it into consideration for maintenance and cleaning as well. You should also consider the care of the other metals used on your jewellery.
Raw diamond is the hardest natural material but don’t forget that a cut and polished diamond can be scratched or chipped easily if it is not handled carefully. Protect your diamond jewellery from impact against hard surfaces.
Always remember that diamonds can scratch each other as well as other gemstones. Don’t toss your diamond jewellery in the same container with other jewellery pieces and be careful when wearing multiple diamond rings together.
Soap and shampoo can form a layer on diamonds, which would cause them to lose their shine. Diamonds are also highly prone to collect dirt and oil. The oil from your fingertips will accumulate on your diamond causing it to reduce its brilliance and dull its sparkle.
If your diamond looks cloudy, it is most probably dust or dirt stuck under the stone or the film that accumulated on the stone. Regular cleaning will help your diamond continue to shine.
Natural gemstones are sensitive materials. They don’t possess the durability of diamonds, so they require extra care to maintain a long life. Make sure that you protect them against falling or hitting a hard surface. Do not store them together with other jewellery in the same container.
It is very important to clean gemstones regularly and also keep their stone setting clean to protect their natural shade. Simply wipe your gemstone jewellery with a soft cloth for cleaning the residue out of them.
Light and heat can affect a gemstone’s durability and color. Avoid excessive heat and sudden temperature changes as they may fracture some gemstones.
Pearls are very sensitive elements of nature and usually not ideal for daily use. One reason they are so fragile is that they are very soft. They should be handled carefully. Pearls should be kept free of perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration, dirt, cleaning agents, water and heat.
You may gently wipe your pearl jewellery with a slightly damp cloth but never soak it in water.
Do not store pearls in plastic bags. They should be stored in a cloth-lined jewellery box or wrapped in a soft cloth to maintain the shine and quality of pearls. Never toss them in your jewellery box as they may get damaged easily.
Rings are more exposed to external factors than other jewellery pieces simply because hands are continuously used in daily activities, no matter how powerful those activities are. Especially rings worn on the dominant hand will be more exposed to damage. You can continue to wear your ring safely as long as you care for it.
The fit of your ring may temporarily change due to many factors such as differences in temperature, weight fluctuations, traveling and pregnancy. We recommend you to think it over before you decide to get your ring resized.
To make your earrings last longer, always remember that they should be the last item that you put on. Earrings tend to be affected by the hair products that you use, more than any other jewellery item as they are very close to your hair.
Large hoops or chain earrings should be taken off before sleeping so that they won’t get damaged and they won't get caught up on anything and hurt you.
Chain necklaces, bracelets and anklets will tie themselves into knots if they are stored in the same container. To avoid knots, please make sure you keep your chain jewellery lying flat or hanging straight when they’re not being worn.
Sleeping with chains on can cause them to weaken and break. Always remove your chains before you sleep.
We care about the materials that we use for each GLAMIRA jewellery and carefully select allergy friendly materials. However, allergies can be caused by many other factors such as personal conditions and how the jewellery is being used. If you have allergies, knowing the type of metals that you are allergic to can help you choose the most suitable jewellery for yourself so that you can enjoy it for a lifetime.
If you have a sensitive skin, we have a few tips for you to help you avoid skin irritations and rashes while wearing your jewellery:
- A ring that is tight on the finger may cause irritation on the skin. Make sure that your ring fits you properly.
- Buildup of soap, cosmetics, dust or dirt under the rings, especially wedding bands, may cause irritation on sensitive skins.
- In hot and humid seasons or environments, skin perspires under the jewellery if it is worn for a long time. This may irritate the skin and lead to allergies for some people.
- Earrings and rings are most likely to hold water on the skin. Always remove your jewellery before bath or shower and make sure that you wipe off the soap and water from your body before putting your jewellery back on.
- Hands are frequently washed while doing the household work. Detergents or other cleansing products along with water may remain under the ring and cause allergies. Always remove your jewellery during household activities. Wash and dry your hands thoroughly before wearing your ring again.
- Cleaning solutions that you use for your jewellery may cause you to have allergic reactions. Avoid industrial cleaners.
In some rare cases some people may see green or dark stains on their skin, after wearing jewellery. This is not a sign of an allergic reaction. This may happen when specific metals react with certain ingredients such as acids or salt on the skin as well as ingredients in body cream or other cosmetics. Sweating is another factor as it causes oxidation due to the amount of moisture.