Jewellery Care

 

Gold plated sterling silver jewellery

The gold plating that Alice uses is a thick 3-micron layer of 18k gold. Over time, this will gradually wear away eventually showing the sterling silver layer beneath. The parts that have the most contact with your skin will be the first to fade due to the natural oils in our skin. This is all part of the story of your piece, and gives it an almost antique feel, however if you would like your piece re-plated at any time Alice would be more than happy to do this for you.

To keep your Alice Stewart jewellery looking lovely here are some tips on looking after your gold-plated pieces.

A gentle clean with a soft 100% cotton cloth is ideal for polishing up any shiny parts of your gold-plated pieces.

Any matte parts of your gold-plated jewellery can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a really soft toothbrush, rinsed and dried well with a cotton cloth.

Try to not wear your jewellery in the shower, sea or pool as this will cause tarnishing.

Damp and hot conditions will cause your jewellery to tarnish, so it’s best not to leave it next to heating, window sills or in the bathroom.

Apply any perfume, body lotion or hair products before putting on your jewellery as the chemicals in these can cause your jewellery to tarnish.

When not being worn, store your jewellery out of exposure to air in the jewellery in the box it came in when not being worn to minimise tarnish.

If you’ve got any further questions about looking after your gold-plated silver jewellery, please get in touch. (link to contact page)

 

Sterling silver jewellery

All sterling silver Alice Stewart jewellery pieces are handcrafted and cast into solid sterling silver using the lost wax technique.

Naturally over time silver will slowly tarnish in contact with the air, so Alice has given you some tips on how to look after and clean your sterling silver pieces.

Sterling silver pieces can be cleaned using any commercially available solutions, Alice prefers the non-chemical environmentally friendly ones.

A gentle clean with a soft 100% cotton cloth is ideal for polishing up any shiny parts of your sterling silver pieces.

Any matte parts of your silver jewellery can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a really soft toothbrush, rinsed and dried well with a cotton cloth.

Try to not wear your jewellery in the shower, sea or pool as this will cause tarnishing.

Damp and hot conditions will cause your jewellery to tarnish, so it’s best not to leave it next to heating, window sills or in the bathroom.

Apply any perfume, body lotion or hair products before putting on your jewellery as the chemicals in these can cause your jewellery to tarnish.

When not being worn, store your jewellery out of exposure to air in the jewellery in the box it came in when not being worn to minimise tarnish.

If you’ve got any further questions about looking after your sterling silver jewellery, please get in touch. (link to contact page)

 

14ct solid gold jewellery

All of Alice’s solid gold pieces are made in 14ct solid gold. Solid gold is a beautiful but quite a soft metal so the higher the carat the softer the metal can be. Alice loves using 14ct gold in her solid gold pieces as it’s the ideal combination of soft gold hues alongside the perfect strength for heirloom pieces to last a lifetime.

Alice has given you some tips on how to look after and clean your solid gold pieces.

A gentle clean with a soft 100% cotton cloth is ideal for maintaining your gold jewellery’s shine.

Your gold jewellery can be cleaned with warm soapy water and a really soft toothbrush, rinsed and dried well with a cotton cloth.

Try to not wear your jewellery in the shower, sea or pool as this could cause some tarnishing.

Damp and hot conditions will speed up the tarnishing process, so it’s best not to leave it next to heating, window sills or in the bathroom.

Apply any perfume, body lotion or hair products before putting on your jewellery as the chemicals in these can cause your jewellery to tarnish.

When not being worn, store your jewellery out of exposure to air in the jewellery in the box it came in when not being worn to minimise tarnish.

If you’ve got any further questions about looking after your solid gold jewellery, please get in touch.