CARE INSTRUCTIONS

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Every piece of SARAH STRETTON jewellery is made with care from precious metals and natural gemstones. Please follow our instructions on how to make your jewellery last a lifetime:

  • Always protect your jewellery from sharp blows, scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold.
  • Store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch with an anti tarnish strip. Try to keep pieces apart so they don't rub together.
  • Your jewellery will age and tarnish naturally so if you want to keep your pieces in pristine condition, clean your jewellery regularly, using a professional jewellery polishing cloth.
  • Please be aware of tarnish which may occur as a result of oxidisation, caused by the interaction of silver, rose gold or gold plated jewellery with certain elements such as oxygen or sulphur as well as with certain acids.
  • Never go swimming wearing your jewellery, as chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage to all metals and will erode the jewellery.
  • Avoid wearing while cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities.

STERLING SILVER

Keep silver jewellery away from harsh chemicals like household cleaning fluids as they create abrasions and reduce the lustre of the metal. Cleaning silver jewellery is best done with a professional jewellery polishing cloth. Thoroughly dry your silver jewellery after exposure to water.

ROSE GOLD & GOLD PLATED VERMEIL

Our rose gold and gold plated jewellery has a thin layer of either 14 carat or 18 carat gold on top of the sterling silver base.  We use a three micron plating system, meaning each piece is plated three times to maximise the life of the plating.

Please note, rose gold and gold plating can wear off over time.  To clean please ensure you use non-abrasive cleaning materials. If a cleaning substance is too strong it may remove the rose gold or gold.

Do not let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray. Do not wear rose gold or gold plated vermeil jewellery on a day to day basis, that way you will enjoy your jewellery for much longer. Frequently clean in a mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water. Use of a polishing cloth or strong jewellery cleaner is not recommended.

RHODIUM PLATED

Our rhodium plated jewellery has a thin layer of metal covering the sterling silver to give it a shiny and bright finish. Please note daily wear and tear will result in the rhodium plating eventually fading.  

When the plating becomes discoloured, you will need to clean it using the following instructions:

  • Clean jewellery with warm water and a detergent free soap. Soak for 10 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes. With your fingers gently rub the jewellery and with a soft toothbrush gently scrub the finer areas.
  • Rinse off all soap with lukewarm water, place the jewellery on a soft towel and gently pat dry and leave it to air dry overnight.
  • Use non-abrasive cleaning materials. If a cleaning substance is too strong it may remove the rhodium. Do not use jewellery cleaning products such as professional dips or solutions.

GOLD

Keep gold jewellery away from harsh chemicals like household cleaning fluids as they create abrasions and reduce the lustre of the metal. Cleaning gold jewellery is best done with warm water and detergent free soap. Thoroughly dry your jewellery after exposure to water.

Do not let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, creams, perfume or hairspray. Store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch with an anti tarnish strip. Try to keep pieces apart so they don't rub together.

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