Caring for a jewel
Pieces of jewellery are delicate little objects. Even if they are made of resistant materials in order to be worn everyday, it is still important to follow some general advice for them to keep their original beauty.
Storing your jewellery
It is important to keep your jewellery in individual boxes or cotton bags so that they don't get scratched.
Thin chains often get tangled up, even when separated from the other chains, and it is therefore better to close necklaces and bracelets and keep them in their original box.
Wearing jewellery while sleeping
Sometimes, jewellery is so comfortable that you forget to remove it when going to sleep. However, it is better to avoid falling asleep wearing several short necklaces that may get tangled up and damaged. Short necklaces or secured mini hoops are usually safe, but earrings with a hook backing may drop and get lost in your bed, before falling on the floor and finishing up in the vacuum cleaner. Since these little misfortunes are quite common, it is wiser to take a minute or two to remove your jewels before applying your night cream!
— Last but not least, do not hesitate to bring us your WHITE bIRD jewellery (or any of your other jewellery) for a professional cleansing once a year, or in order to polish an unsightly little scratch. We are glad to help.
Jewellery and beauty cream do not make a happy couple. You should avoid putting cream on your jewellery, as it often leaves marks and tends to accumulate between the stone and its setting. Over time beauty creams will tarnish both the metal and gemstones. Also remember that pearls in particular are very sensitive to perfume and cosmetics.
Putting on and removing jewellery
Be careful with your bathroom ceramics, which have a very hard surface. A piece of jewellery that falls onto your bathroom-tiled floor will normally be damaged, something which is especially true for gemstones. Also be careful with your bathroom sink, as it will swallow any smaller piece of jewellery that slips out of your hands in just the glimpse of an eye. I recommend you to put a towel over your bathroom sink when removing your jewellery - better safe than sorry!
In the shower
Generally speaking, fine jewellery doesn’t need to be taken off before showering. You should, nevertheless, avoid showering with oxidised jewellery (e.g. blackened silver) or patinated jewellery (e.g. ancient coins), since soap would alter their surface. Generally, jewellery does not like soap, as small residues often accumulate between the stones and their setting. They should therefore be rinsed carefully.
Cleaning your jewellery
Cleaning stone, gold and platinum is fairly quick and simple. Place your jewellery in a small bowl of warm water with a few drops of mild soap. Then leave it for a few minutes for traces and dust to disappear. You may also want to use an extra soft toothbrush, preferably used, for a more thorough cleaning. Finally, rinse with clean water and dry using a soft cloth.
Silver jewellery tends to oxidise, but oxidation can easily be removed with a good quality metal polish intended for silverware - a smelly but very efficient product!
Apply the product using a soft dry cloth and then proceed in the same way as for gold jewellery.
— All of this said, enjoy your jewellery! Time will patinate them and make them truly yours!
Brooke Gregson’s silk woven bracelets
Brooke Gregson’s silk woven collection is hand-woven using 100% silk. Silk is a strong and durable natural fibre, however, we advise removing your silk woven jewellery in salt water and when applying creams and lotions on the skin.
Please also note that due to the nature of the fibre and the weave the pieces will stretch slightly when initially worn.
Should you wish to freshen up your pieces, we offer a reweaving service for 80€.
Please contact us for more information.
All metals, even gold, oxidize when in contact with air. Thus, the 19-k grey gold of Anaconda takes on yellow hues over time. However, wearing your jewellery delays or prevents the oxidation process but if there are several years left in its box, its appearance will be different.
For jewellery worn daily, Monica recommends to have them checked by a silversmith twice a year. For jewellery worn occasionally it can be done less frequently. Do not hesitate to call us for the maintenance of your jewellery.
Stephanie Schneider jewels
Each piece of Stephanie Schneider is made by hand and unique.
Silver jewellery oxidizes naturally with air and humidity. Occasional cleaning with a special cloth will keep the silver shiny and remove the oxidation. In order to best avoid oxidation, keep your silver jewellery in a closed box that is protected from the air.
Gold plated and oxidized silver
It is not recommended to wear jewellery when you are sleeping, swimming, or exercising. You should also avoid contact with perfume and make-up. The oxidation or plating tend to disappear over time, it is a normal phenomenon resulting from wear and tear that can be softened by taking care of your jewels.
Silk and mohair
The textile element in your jewellery makes the unique touch and color variety. Don’t wear the jewellery in swimming pools, spas or seawater as chlorinated or salt water can destroy the color brilliance and the resistance of the fiber.