Caring For Your Jewellery
All of our silver and gemstones are sourced ethically.
All jewellery benefits from being handled and worn with care, and being kept clean. When not wearing jewellery, always keep it in a soft pouch or jewellery box and out of direct sunlight. When in transit protect in a box or pouch. Check that fastenings are secure on necklaces and bracelets and that butterflies are tight on earrings, especially when changing clothing.
Wearing jewellery in bed, while swimming, showering or at the gym should be avoided as these activities can damage claw set rings and earrings. Take care not to knock your rings or bangles on hard surfaces such as door handles or glass tables, as the metal may dent and gemstones can crack or chip. Apply hair products and toiletries before putting on your jewellery.
All of the precious metals we use are hypo-allergenic, however, rare cases of allergies to these metals have been known. None of our jewellery contains nickel.
Sterling silver is marked 925, which is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other alloys, usually copper. Silver can be tarnished by natural oils in skin and sulphur in the air, but a good clean with a silver polish cloth will remove tarnish.
Cleaning your Sterling Silver Jewellery
We recommend cleaning your silver jewellery with a silver jewellery cleaning cloth which can be purchased from us or your local jeweller.
All gemstones can be kept sparkling using washing up liquid, warm water and either a sponge or an old toothbrush. For gemstone rings, use an old toothbrush and warm soapy water to gently clean the gemstone, including behind the stone. Diamonds and sapphires are both very refractive gemstones but really do benefit from being kept clean. A knock onto a hard surface can chip or even shatter a stone – although diamonds and sapphires have a hardness of 10 & 9 on the Moh’s scale they are not infallible. Aquamarine, tourmaline, spinel, tanzanite, zircon and other coloured gemstones such as kunzite, chrysoberyl or morganite should always be worn with the care and be kept clean in the same way as diamonds and sapphires to retain their beauty. Certain stones are porous (e.g. labradorite, pearls, turquoise) and must not be immersed in cleaning products, please check product labels carefully.
Clean pearls using a clean pearl cloth or a pearl cleaning set available from specialist stores. Strung pearls such as south sea or fresh water pearls should not be immersed or worn in water. Clean with a clean soft cloth or professional pearl cleaner.
Pearls love to be worn as moisture from the skin enhances the lustre. Always apply perfumes, body lotions and hair spray before putting on your pearl jewellery.
Pearls that are worn frequently may need to be restrung every 12 months due to moisturisers, cosmetics and the environment. We recommend having your pearls checked annually.
Marion & Co. Jewellery is guaranteed for 12 months, under normal conditions of wear and tear. After 12 months, if your Marion & Co. Jewellery needs to be repaired, please contact us to discuss the repair and charges.