Jewellery Maintenance

Caring For Your Jewellery
 
Every piece of Amanda Green’s jewellery is thoughtfully designed and intricately hand-crafted. To ensure your jewellery will stay beautiful, please follow these basic guidelines:

Apply all beauty products such as perfume, hairspray, or deodorant, before putting on your jewellery.

Jewellery should be removed prior to swimming or doing household chores that involve the use of abrasive cleaners or chemicals.

It is not advised to clean jewellery products with abrasive cleaning products or even proprietary jewellery cleaning products to restore pieces. Use only mild soapy water to avoid damaging your jewellery.

Contact AJG and use her repair service or professional ultrasonic cleaning equipment for a deeper and safer cleaning of jewellery pieces (except oxidized silver).

Please note that colour changes to the surface of the metals may be part of natural wear and tear and are not considered manufacturing faults.
  
Gold

Gold is one of the easiest metals to care for as it requires minimal maintenance. For a deep cleaning of gold jewellery, especially if there are diamonds and gems set in the material, an ultrasonic cleaner is most effective. Contact Amanda to use her repair and cleaning service.

Please bear in mind that gold can be quite soft depending on how many carats it is. This means that the surface will wear and be more susceptible to dents and knocks. The higher carat a piece is, the softer it will be and therefore more easily dented.

 
Silver & Sterling Silver

Sterling silver is a beautiful and bright white, warm, shiny metal. Fine / pure silver 999 is generally too soft for most jewellery; therefore, silver is usually alloyed with copper to give it strength and to preserve the ductility and beauty of the precious metal. Amanda uses sterling silver in most of her jewellery because of its strength and durability. In some pieces, pure silver is used and will be noted on the individual style.

Pure silver does not tarnish, but the alloy sterling silver does due to the copper within it. This happens over time, especially when exposed to oxygen, salt, or water. It is best to keep your piece away from sunlight in an airtight zip lock bag when not wearing.

To polish silver, you can use commercial silver cleaner from any jewellery store. Just dip it in the formula, then run it under cold water before leaving it to dry. If you want to be chemical-free you can try the following DIY method.

Directions:
Place tin foil in a bowl with the shiny side up, making sure it covers the bowl. Place the jewellery and a tablespoon of baking soda into the bowl. Pour hot water over the jewellery so that it is fully submerged. When the frothing has finished, take the piece out and rinse with cold water. Please use tweezers or wait until the water has cooled to avoid potential burns. Repeat if necessary.

 
Oxidized Sterling Silver

Oxidized Sterling Silver is a patina that turns silver into a lovely matte black surface with a gunmetal lustre.  I use liver of sulphur to oxidize the sterling silver in a patina, which is a surface treatment and does not change the internal characteristics of the metal. As with any surface treatment, this will wear off over time and show the true colour of the metal beneath. This happens at varying speeds depending on how regularly the piece is worn and which parts of the piece have the most contact with clothes and skin. Each oxidized silver piece has been sealed with a wax to prolong the beautiful, dark patina but bear in mind that the piece will naturally evolve over time. When cleaning oxidized jewellery, use a soft sponge or cotton ball with a dab of methylated spirit. Wipe gently to remove any grease or dirt. Do not rub too hard and do not use an abrasive surface or solvent.

If some your jewellery has stones, please make sure to research proper care of the specific stone(s) before you hand clean them. Alternatively, contact Amanda and she will get back to you with instructions for care of your piece.