Many factors can influence the wear and tear of your jewellery. You should take the same care of your jewellery as you would your favourite piece of dress or footwear. To keep your jewellery looking its best, we advise that you follow our Jewellery Care Advice.
If you do, you should enjoy wearing your CJW jewellery for years.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR JEWELLERY
Always store your jewellery pieces individually, preferably in soft-lined box or pouch so that they don’t rub together, scratch or tangle.
Particular care should be taken with natural real gemstones to ensure that they do not impact against one another when stored. Also remember to keep your chains fastened, otherwise there is a chance that they become tangled.
With time and wear, sterling silver will naturally become oxidised and will eventually tarnish. By storing silver jewellery in an airtight box will keep out the air that causes oxidation.
Avoiding extreme humidity or heat will reduce the possibility tarnishing. Your gold plated and silver jewellery should be kept in a dark, cool and dry place.
All our sterling silver jewellery is rhodium plated, this protects the silver from exposure and helps reduce tarnishing.
CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY?
Clean your jewellery carefully with a soft, non-abrasive and lint-free cloth or chamois; this helps maintain and can also bring back its shine.
You can use a mild washing up liquid with warm water and a soft toothbrush, then rinse with clean water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Avoid using ‘dip’ polish or abrasive jewellery cleaners as these contain harsh chemicals and can destroy your jewellery over time. We do not recommend the use of any jewellery polishing cloths which have been treated with cleaners or polishing agents.
PROTECTING YOUR JEWELLERY
Always remember that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off when dressing.
Your jewellery is particularly susceptible to damage from the effects of chemicals present in perfume, hairspray, make-up, nail polish remover, body oils, sun-tan lotion and deodorant.
Do not keep jewellery in direct sunlight as prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause many gemstones to fade and lose their colour. Amethyst, rose quartz, chalcedony and smoky quartz are just some of the gemstones that can become paler from excessive exposure to sunlight.
STOPPING YOUR JEWELLERY BECOMING DULL
Do not swim or shower while wearing gold-plated or silver jewellery. It is advisable to remove rings when washing your hands. Chlorine, salt-water and fresh water can damage precious metals and gemstones by dulling or eroding them.
Gold and silver are particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine, which can permanently damage or discolour them. Soapy water when bathing and showering can also leave a thin film, which makes the metal seem dull.
Some stones can also be quite porous which is why you shouldn’t leave these kinds of stones immersed in water for too long. Liquids and oils can seep into the gems through the tiny cracks between the crystals, causing permanent discolouration and damage. In addition, porous gems should not be worn to a beach or other hot, extreme environments.
All Christina Jewelry & Watches (CJW) pieces have a 12month warranty from the date of purchase covering manufacturing defects. Fair wear and tear, accidental damage or misuse is not covered by this warranty and does not entitle you to replacements or refunds for lost or stolen items. For the warranty to be valid, proof of purchase is required.