Beautiful jewellery deserves to be worn with pride. As with every product, its life span will depend on the care you give it, and when treated with respect, will last and look fabulous for many years.

It’s important that you are able to show off your jewellery as frequently and as for as long as you’d like, so if you have any queries about the best way to look after your Fia Fourie jewellery, don’t hesitate to contact me directly and I will be happy to advise you.

How to clean jewellery

The best way to clean your handmade jewellery is to use a bit of dishwashing liquid and some warm water. A few drops of ammonia may also be added. Scrub it gently over the surface and in and behind any stone settings and inside rings with a soft toothbrush to remove any residue from hand creams and soap particles that may be lodged in stone settings and crevices.

I recommend using a polish cloth to keep you jewellery shiny and remove mild tarnish. The cloths are soft and non-abrasive and are treated with chemicals which assist with cleaning tarnish from metal. You simply rub the cloth against the piece until it appears clean. The cloths can be used until they are entirely blackened - note that they cannot be washed without losing their effectiveness.

Using a silver dip is a fast and easy way to clean sterling silver as you only need to immerse the piece in the dip for a few seconds in order to remove tarnish. But you need to be careful!

Many of my designs are enhanced by oxidation. This is a process in which the silver is chemically blackened and then polished to leave only the recessed areas dark to bring out the delicate details and achieve a vintage look. Please note that using a silver dip will remove oxidation and change the appearance of your jewellery. Silver dips can also affect the colour and brightness of gemstones and pearls so please read the manufactures instructions carefully before using any chemical dips.

Here are a few simple jewellery care tips:
  • Insure valuble jewellery. You need to supply a detailed description of your jewellery, valuation certificate and proof of ownership, for example a receipt. It is also a good idea to submit a close-up photo.
  •  Stuffing ones earrings into a handbag, although convenient, is harmful to them. Bending and snapping will occur with careless treatment. Keep your jewellery seperate so that they do not scratch one another and don’t allow it to rub up against harder metals or other surfaces which will scratch it.
  •  Avoid hitting gemstones against hard surfaces or subjecting them to extreme temperature changes.
  • Remove your  jewellery when doing household tasks like gardening, cleaning, or other strenuous activities like sport. Also remove jewellery when swimming as chlorine may damage them or leave unwanted dark marks on the metal.
  • Apply make-up, hair spray and perfume before putting on your jewellery.  They contain chemicals that may affect your jewellery.
  • Do not wear too many chains at once as they can rub against each other and damage each of the chains.
  • Remove chains and bracelets when going to sleep to prevent them from breaking.
  • Don’t store your pearls with other jewellery, they can easily be scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them. Store them in the cloth pouch that they originally came in.
  • You can in part slow down the process of your jewellery tarnishing simply by wearing it frequently. The action of your skin or clothing moving against it will help remove the tarnish on an ongoing basis.
  • Don’t expect your jewellery to take an unreasonable amount of weight or force. Be careful not to store it with heavier items on top of it or in a place where it might get broken or bent against another surface.
  • The most important general care instruction is to simply not think of your jewellery as being invincible! It can and will get damaged - perhaps irreversibly - if care is not taken.