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Jewellery Care

Jewellery from Walker & Hall is made to a high standard and will last for many years if cared for correctly. To keep your jewellery looking it's sparkling best we recommend following the guidelines below -

Storage
To maintain the appearance of your jewellery and to reduce scratching, store items separately in sealed plastic bags. Store your jewellery in a discrete place for security purposes.

Wear
We recommend that you avoid wearing your jewellery during activities such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, swimming/showering and particularly sporting and gym activities.

Please remember that despite diamonds being extremely hard, they are precious and can be damaged. Moreover, gold is a relatively soft metal and damaging the setting can compromise the safety of the stones. If you are concerned about the setting or stones in your jewellery, feel free to bring it into a Walker & Hall store for an assessment.

Apply cosmetics and perfumes and allow them to dry before putting on your jewellery.

White gold is rhodium plated and will require replating to maintain its appearance.

Cleaning Your Jewellery
We recommend following these steps to clean your jewellery:
For a light clean, wipe jewellery with a soft lint free cloth. Use soft fabrics such as velvet and cotton, as rougher materials like paper and polyester will impart fine scratches.
To clean jewellery more thoroughly, soak it in a diluted solution of detergent/dish washing liquid and warm water for five minutes. Use a soft brush (a soft toothbrush is ideal) to remove any dirt and then rinse thoroughly in clean warm water. Dry your jewellery completely using a soft lint free cloth or a hairdryer.
Walker & Hall will also clean your jewellery using an ultrasonic cleaner, free of charge on any occasion. This service will be completed while you wait when possible.


Ongoing Care
You are welcome to bring your jewellery in to a Walker & Hall store every 6-12 months to have it professionally cleaned. We offer polishing of platinum and yellow gold items and rhodium plating for white gold items. At this time we can also ensure that all settings and stones are secure.

 

 

Diamonds

Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man, they can however be damaged. Hardness refers to the ability of a material to resist scratches and toughness refers to the ability to resist breaking. Diamonds are extremely hard and cannot be scratched but they can be chipped and shattered. For this reason it is important to remove your diamond jewellery when undertaking activities where they may be damaged.

It is important to store diamond jewellery separately in sealed bags to avoid scratching.

Yellow/Rose Gold

Gold in its purest form is a very soft, for this reason when used in jewellery, it is often mixed with other metals. As a greater proportion of other metals is added to gold, the lower the carat, and the more hard wearing the gold becomes. As such, the higher the carat, the more care that needs to be taken with the jewellery.

Similarly to silver, it is important to store all pieces separately in sealed plastic bags to avoid scratching, and to avoid contact with chlorinated water and other chemicals. As with all jewellery rings and bracelets will encounter the most wear due to where they are worn, so these will require the most care.

Pearls

It is important to protect your pearls from chemicals as they will affect the nacre of the pearl, you should apply perfume and hair spray before putting on your pearls.

Avoid exposing your pearls to moisture as it will affect the stringing on necklaces and bracelets and hot water will affect the adhesion of the glue in rings and earrings.

Depending on how often your pearls are worn, it is recommended they are restrung every 12-18 months. After restringing pearl strands can appear slightly stiff but after being worn they will settle and lie normally.

White Gold

As gold is naturally a yellow colour, other metals such as palladium are sometimes added to it to make it whiter in appearance. As it never achieves a pure white colour, most white gold is electro plated in a solution of rhodium. Rhodium adheres very well to gold and is extremely hard wearing, on bracelets and rings however it will over time wear away. This would normally happen over 9 -12 months depending on wear, re-plating is very straight forward can be arranged for you by Walker & Hall.

Similarly to silver, it is important to store all pieces separately in sealed plastic bags to avoid scratching, and to avoid contact with chlorinated water and other chemicals.

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver is the most widely used metal in jewellery; it is typically of 92.5% purity which is also known as sterling silver. Silver is a relatively soft metal and as such can be misshapen relatively easily, for this reason rings and bracelets should be removed when undertaking physical activity.

All silver oxidizes causing tarnishing when it comes in contact with certain chemicals, it is particularly important to avoid minerals associated with thermal hot springs and chlorinated water as they can cause severe tarnishing. As with all jewellery, apply hair spray and perfume before wearing your jewellery.

Silver jewellery can be cleaned using mild detergent and water, but to remove tarnishing we recommend Hagerty silver cleaning products. It is important to store sterling silver items separately in sealed plastic bags to avoid tarnishing and reduce scratching.

Platinum

Not only is platinum more expensive than gold but in jewellery, it is also used in higher purity, normally 95%. This high level of purity gives platinum hypoallergenic properties. This is particularly relevant as white gold, an alternative to platinum, can sometimes create reactions with sensitive skin.

Platinum is also a very hard metal, for this reason you might presume it would maintain its shine, this is however not the case. All metals will scratch and because of platinum’s hardness it will tend to maintain its scratches. This gives platinum a duller natural state of wear than softer metals such as gold and silver. For this reason platinum will need to be polished more regularly and will occasionally need an emery polish to remove the deeper scratches, this may need to be done every 6 -9 months. As mentioned earlier this applies primarily to rings and bracelets which receive the most wear.