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If not looked after properly, gold plated and silver jewellery can tarnish over time and become dark and dull either due to natural oxidization or exposure to things like perfume, chemicals and cosmetics. This can be minimised by following  the precautions listed below. In case this does happen please feel free to contact us at get in touch and we can advise you on the most suitable cleaning method for your jewellery.


To remove dark marks and tarnish from jewellery we highly recommend using the Hagerty Mini Jewel Cloths (available to buy in our shop). They definitely work a treat! We think they are so great that we are including a pack free with all orders above £60 so you can try for yourself. These specially impregnated cloths renew the sparkle of jewellery without mess or damage. 



In order to keep your jewellery in pristine condition please take care to read the following information


  • Always put your jewellery on last when you’re getting ready.  Perfume, aftershave, hairspray, lotions and other cosmetics can reduce their brilliance and tarnish gold plated and silver jewellery


  • Take your jewellery off while showering, washing up, cleaning, gardening or doing any manual work.


  • Remove your jewellery when exercising and working out and specially when swimming as the chlorine in pools can damage metal plating and gemstone brilliance.


  • Don’t use harsh cleaning chemicals such as bleach or anything that contains ammonia, as many gems will react badly with them.

  • Be sure to remove rings by the shank rather than the stone, and make sure you put jewellery on last, after lotions, perfume or cosmetics. Fingerprints, oils and chemicals can all contribute to a gem looking dull and metals tarnishing.




Wiping jewellery with a moist cloth or cleaning with a soft brush and water is safe for most gemstones and metals. Opaque or organic gems such as pearls are often porous, so it is best to only clean these with a moist soft cloth and to avoid any chemicals which might discolour them. Various jewellery cleaning cloths are also available from Jewellery shops which can be used on most silver and plated jewellery.


We highly recommend Hagerty Mini Jewel Cloths (available to buy in our online shop) A pack is included in all orders above £60. These specially impregnated cloths renew the sparkle of jewellery without mess or damage. 




Store jewellery in cloth pouches - these are the ideal way to store gemstone jewellery. However, many people prefer jewellery boxes. If you decide to store your jewellery in a box, make sure that the box has slots or compartments to stop gems rubbing against each other. At 10 on the Mohs’ scale, a Diamond will be able to scratch every other item in the box, including gold or silver bands. The other important thing to remember with storage is to keep jewellery away from strong light, which can fade many gems. Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Ruby Agate, Emerald Agate, Rose Quartz and Smokey Quartz are all particularly at risk of fading in strong sunlight. Heat can cause damage too, so be aware of storing items too close to radiators – Pearls are susceptible to sudden changes in temperature.


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