Remove jewellery when you do gardening, working with hand-tools, playing sports or before sleep.
When not wearing your jewellery, store in a jewellery box, suede or velvet pouch. Storing each piece of jewellery separately will prevent scratches.
All jewellery items will experience normal wear and tear over time. We recommend your precious jewellery to be professionally inspected, cleaned and polished at least annually.
If you have a Solid Opal, clean occasionally with fresh water and facial soap.
Use a soft dry cloth to clean Opals.
All Doublets and Triplets (non-solid, partially man-made layered stones) Opals should not be soaked in water for any reason. Water penetration can cause the glue to deteriorate and the layers to separate, causing the opal to take on a foggy, grey, or cloudy appearance.
- Do not wash dishes, clothes or other items with it on. The harsh detergents in dish or laundry soaps can “dry” out the stone. Opals are composed 3%–20% of water, so they should not be allowed to freeze or dry out.
- Do not wear opals in any type of hot tub, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, bath tub or shower. Exposure to prolong submersion in any water with or without detergents or chemicals will destroy opals.
- Do not clean your opal jewellery with ultrasonic device.
- Do not garden with it on. Continuous contact with the soil can abrade the surface of your stone.
- Do not store your Opal in a plastic bag.
Leaving pearls in a jewellery box for long periods may cause pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that “pearls want to be worn”.
- Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. If pearls come into contact with substances such as vinegar, fruit juices or detergents, immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth.
- Never expose your pearl to hair sprays, cosmetics or perfumes. Pearls do no take well to the application of these products. We suggest you wear your pearl jewellery after applying make-up and styling hair.
- Don’t wear your pearls in the bath or in the shower and while playing sports as water can weaken the silk thread. It’s also best to avoid direct sunlight or high temperatures such as in a sauna.
As the pearls are very delicate, they should only be cleaned with a soft cloth dipped in alcohol diluted with warm water or in a weak solution of soapy water.
As most pearls in Australia are strung on silk thread, great care should be taken during any cleaning process.
- Don’t use vinegar, ammonia, any chlorine products or lemon juice or other acidic compound when your clean your pearl.
- Ultrasonic cleanser should never be used with pearl jewellery as it can damage the pearls.
- Always take care when mixing your pearls with other hard gemstones, gold or silver jewellery. We recommend to keep your pearls separately in silk or cotton bag.
To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, then lay each item out separately in a jewellery box. When carrying jewellery, use a protective jewellery pouch.
The pearl’s luster can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewellery box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.
Strands should be strung with a knot between each pearl. This will prevent loss if the string breaks and pearls from rubbing against each other.
If string stretches or loosens, it may break suddenly. All pearl necklaces and bracelets can show wear and tear after extensively being worn. Even if you don’t wear your pearls often, we recommend that you have your pearls restrung every year.
Avoid chlorine, bleach and other household chemicals. They can strip the Rhodium plating and will damage the Gold.
All Yellow and Rose Gold jewellery requires some care to make them look shiny. Clean the item occasionally, using jewellery cleaner, rinse in warm water and then polish with a polishing cloth (available from Masterpiece Jewellery) to remove skin’s oils, cosmetics and other chemicals.
All White Gold jewellery is plated with Rhodium and they will naturally wear over time, depending on the frequency of wear. You can ask your local jeweller to get them to be rhodium plated. Your jewellery will look brand new again.
Clean silver jewellery with a polishing cloth or fine piece of felt. We suggest an anti-tarnish silver cloth. These cloths are available from supermarkets and department stores.
Store your silver jewellery in a cool, dry, dark place, wrap individually in a plastic bag, a soft piece of felt or cloth.
Avoid the followings.
- rubbing silver with tissue paper or paper towels, it could cause scratching
- being in contact with perfume, soap or hairspray
- being exposed to salt water or chlorine in swimming pools
- being in contact with perspiration
- leaving silver unprotected in air, it may cause the silver to lose its shine quickly
Non-Flexible Omega chains should be worn carefully as they may misshape through impact, pressure or pulling. This damage usually cannot be repaired.
Omega chain must be removed before sleep, bathing or any other physical activity.
Each piece should be laid flat and stored separately from other jewellery to avoid distortion.