Jewellery Care

 

Monisha London Jewellery Care Instructions

Monisha London jewellery is created using precious metals with pearls, semi precious and precious stones. When dressing, jewellery should always be put on last as make-up, cosmetics and perfumes can cause damage to delicate items. In order to preserve your jewellery, clean it with a soft, lint free cloth or a suitable jewellery polishing cloth or mild soapy water whenever needed. Keep all jewellery in its own box or pouch to prevent it from becoming scratched or dented.

Sterling Silver

To maintain the natural colour and shine of silver, and to avoid oxidation or tarnishing, gently clean your silver jewellery regularly with a soft, lint free cloth or a suitable jewellery polishing cloth.

After time, your jewellery may require ultrasonic cleaning. This is a process whereby the item is placed in a pool of vibrating warm water and the ripples extract any hidden dirt within the setting, which can also cause a dull appearance.

Silver is a relatively delicate metal, and is susceptible to damage from chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your silver jewellery. Therefore, avoid wearing silver jewellery when using chlorine or bleach, or while in a pool or hot tub.

Cleaning

       Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth or even a silver polishing cloth. Gold vermeil will fade with time.

Rhodium Plated

To give jewellery a brighter finish, rhodium plating is often used as a finish on silver, white gold and platinum. Rhodium is hypoallergenic, so it won't react with your skin.

Keep your rhodium plated jewellery clean with a mixture of mild detergent such as soap or washing up liquid and a little water. Rinse it well and dry. To give it an extra shine, polish your rhodium plated pieces with a suitable jewellery polishing cloth.

Do not clean your rhodium plated jewellery in chemical cleaners such as jewellery dips, which can wear down the rhodium plating. Bear in mind that some sonic jewellery cleaners also use chemicals, and should therefore be carefully researched before use, or avoided altogether. Make sure your jewellery is not in regular contact with hard surfaces which will scratch or wear down the plating, and if you are going to be doing a lot of work with your hands, remove your rings during that time. When it’s not being worn, store your rhodium plated jewellery in its own soft pouch or box to avoid scratching. If you wear your rhodium plated jewellery for significant periods of time, the plating will eventually wear down. To restore its bright white and gleaming appearance, you can have it re-plated.

If you have yellow gold jewellery, you can have it plated with rhodium to give it the bright white chrome finish of new white gold. To maintain this look, it may need quite a generous coating and may need to be re-plated relatively regularly, particularly if it is on a ring or a bracelet. If you change your mind, rhodium plating can be removed.

Gemstones

Although gemstones are some of the most durable of the world’s natural materials, they still need some care to maintain their natural beauty, and colour and shape.

Store fine jewellery and gems in separate pouches, padded compartments or wrapped in a soft lint free cloth to prevent scratching, chipping and entanglement.

Porous gems including turquoise, amber, opal and pearls may absorb liquid substances, in the same way that other, non-gemstones absorb liquid. Porous gems are usually those which are not made from a single crystal, and are therefore opaque. Liquids and oils can seep into the gems through the tiny cracks between the crystals, causing permanent discolouration and damage. Therefore all porous gemstones should be kept away from dirty water, oils, chemicals, cosmetics and cleaning agents. Particular substances to protect your gems from include household chemicals – even those as mild as washing up liquid – cosmetic products such as sunscreen and hairspray, as well as hand lotions and face creams. In addition, porous gems should not be worn to a beach, or other hot, extreme environments. To clean, wipe these gems gently with a soft, damp cloth or sponge, and dry using a lint-free cloth.

When cleaning non-porous gemstones, wash them very gently with a weak solution of mild detergent, rinse with clean lukewarm water, and dry them with a soft, lint-free cloth. On harder stones, it is safe to do a little very gentle scrubbing with a soft toothbrush. If you are cleaning jewellery, however, be careful not to scrub highly polished metal surfaces, as the slight abrasive action of the brush can wear away the plating or polish of the metal. A little soaking might be necessary to remove heavier deposits.

Pearls

Pearls are very delicate and will be permanently damaged by cosmetics containing alcohol or acids. Apply perfume and make-up before putting on your pearls and let it dry first. Do not use jewellery solutions to clean pearls, and keep them stored in a separate pouch or box to avoid scratching, helping them to maintain their lustre.

Pearls are usually strung on knotted thread, which although highly durable is susceptible to stretching and wear. Therefore, over time, you will need to have your pearls restrung. As a guideline, if you wear your pearls weekly or more often, you are probably going to need to re-string once every couple of years. If you are wearing your pearls once a month or less, then re-stringing every three or four years will usually suffice. If restringing is delayed, the process can become more difficult as the thread can deteriorate, dirt accumulates, and then both can become stuck in the drill holes of the pearls. To assess whether your pearls need to be restrung, look carefully at the thread. If it is bright white, they probably do not need re-stringing. If the thread is greasy, turning grey or you can see an accumulation of dirt, especially near the drill hole of the pearl, it is probably time to have them re-strung. To arrange to have your pearls restrung, either contact our customer services team, or bring your pearls into one of our boutiques and our expert staff will be happy to assist you.

Please note that general wear and tear that occurs from normal use is not considered a fault. Jewellery and Crystal items are considered delicate and should be handled carefully.Swarovski Crystal stones breaking from mishandling is not considered a fault. Please carefully read care instructions on the website for further information.