Frequently asked questions
Q. How do I care for my jewellery?
Make Jewellery the last thing you put on.
Always apply make-up, creams, perfumes and hair products before putting on your jewellery. Seems obvious but you would be surprised at how many of us spray perfume last.
Handle gems as little as possible; the natural oils on your skin can dull the stone.
Remove bracelets and rings if you’re doing any manual work. I always remember to remove mine if I’m in the garden but I’m not so good when it comes to dusting and cleaning the house or washing the car!
Remove earrings when your hair is being washed, coloured and or styled. The chemicals can damage silver and gems in particular pearls can loose their sheen
Q. Why does my jewellery tarnish?
Tarnish is a dulling which occurs when silver reacts with sulphur or hydrogen sulfide in the air. Tarnish is best cleaned away as soon as you can, it is easily dealt with and your jewellery will be restored to its former glory very quickly.
Q. How do I clean my jewellery?
If you use any search engine and type in this question you will undoubtedly see that all kinds of household products are ‘recommended’ for cleaning your precious metals and stones, including toothpaste. I am sure that people have been successful with these methods but I tend to use one of the liquid silver cleaners available from most supermarkets or online along with a special cleaning cloth which is impregnated with silver cleaner, again available on line. Please follow instructions carefully and don’t put precious gems / pearls into these solutions unless you are sure they will not be damaged.
Q. Will my jewellery be hallmarked?
Where a Piece is made from gems and bought in sterling silver components these items will not be hall-marked e.g. a gem pendant on sterling silver chain, the chain will not have been made by TKL and therefore will not carry her makers mark. However, where The Kentish Lass has made necklaces, collars, charms, pendants etc from fine silver and or sterling silver these items will be hallmarked. Please note it is not necessary under UK law to hallmark any silver item which weighs less than 7.78g where a charm is below this weight and is not hallmarked, if the charm has been made by TKL it will carry the makers mark of TKL.
Q. How do I care for my pearls
The simple answer is to wear them. Wear them at least once a month. Pearls really do benefit from the natural oils in your skin. If you hide them away they are likely to lose their lustre and may become discoloured and brittle
If you have any questions that are not on this page or are not answered elsewhere on my site please email me TheKentishLass@gmail.com and I will do my best to provide an answer.