Protect your JewelryHere are a few tips that will help you keep your jewellery looking bright, sparkling and always brand new! * Always protect your jewellery from sharp blows, any chemicals, scratching, heat and cold and sunlight. * Store your jewellery in a soft lined box our pouch and keep all your pieces apart so that they don't rub together or tangle up. * Always wear your jewellery for appropriate tasks. Always avoid wearing rings when gardening, cleaning or performing any sporting activites. * Always keep chemicals such as chlorine, perfumes, hairsprays, nail polish removers should be avoided and can be very harsh on jewellery. * Make sure you clean your precious jewellery regulary using a professional jewellery cleaning product. Embrace will always give you a polishing cloth for all your beautiful pieces you buy from us as a special thank you to help keep your piece always looking brand new. * Never ever ever go swimming in your jewellery pieces. Chlorine can cause damage to them, salt is not good either and the sand from the beach can get underneath the settings and make your crystals fall out. Sand can also easily scratch your silver.
Gemstone TipsYour beautiful Embrace gemstone pieces need to be treated with lots of love and respect as we go to a lot of trouble hand picking each piece to make them extra special for you. Since gemstones vary in hardness they can be very susceptible to scratching and breaking. The hardness of gemstones is based on a standard scale called the Mohs Scale. The hardest stones are higher on the Mohs scale and the softest are lower. For example, quartz , which makes up sand is rated at 7 on the Mohs scale and harder to scratch. Any gemstone that has a rating of less than 7 is easily scratched. Some of these include coral, lapis lazuli, turquoise, pearl and opal. The Mohs Scale Diamond 10 Ruby, Sapphire 9 Chrysoberyl 8.5 Spinel, Topaz 8 Aquamarine, Emerald 7-8 Zircon 7.5 Tourmaline 7-7.5 Garnet 6.5-7.5 Amethyst, Chalcedony, Quartz, 7 Steel (pocket knife) 7 Jade 6.5-7 Peridot 6.5 Moonstone 6-6.5 Opal 5.5-6.5 Turquoise 5-6 Lapis lazuli 5-5.5 Glass 5 Iron 4 Azurite 3.5-4 Bronze, Coral, Pearl 3 Silver, Gold 2-3 Amber, Fingernail, Ivory, Shell, Jet 2.5 Talc 1
Sunlight:Certain gemstones can be affected by exposure to sunlight. We highly recommend that you do not display or store your pieces in direct sunlight. Some popular stones that are affected include: · Amethyst: becomes paler and loses is pretty purple colour to almost clear · Ametrine: may change colour and become paler · Aquamarine: becomes paler and becomes very pale to an almost clear colour · Aventurine: translucent types often lose colour · Beryl: brown or orange types may change to pale pink · Citrine: may change colour and becomes very pale · Kunzite: becomes pale or loses colour completly · Laramar: becomes pale · Rose Quartz: becomes paler · Smoky Quartz: becomes paler
Porosity:Some stones such as opal, turquoise, pearl, tourmaline can be very porous and should never be immersed in water for too long.
Tarnishing:Silver has a colour that silver-white and is used in all our Embrace jewellery. It is a fine precious metal. In order to use in jewellery production it has to be mixed with other metals and this is what makes it more durable and rigid. Traditionally jewellery and silverware are made from sterling standard silver and an alloy of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper. Silver will tarnish under normal circumstances because of its mixture of moisture and sulphur that is in the air.
Tips to minimise Tarnishing:
1. Wear cotton gloves as much as possible when handling your silver. This will prevent the oils and acids from your hands from ending up on the object. 2. Do not store or display your silver with other objects which contain sulphur. This includes keratin-based objects, such as tortoiseshell. Keratin contains sulphur, which is released as the keratin ages, or begins to break down. Glues and sealers used in the construction of storage or display cabinets may also contain sulphur. If you have a new storage cabinet, let it air out for at least a month before putting your silver in it. Enjoy your Embrace special pieces of jewellery!
Most gemstone jewellery is fairly durable, but some care is required.
Remove your jewellery before doing any housework because household cleaners are corrosive and can permanently damage your gemstones.
Remove any jewellery before performing manual labour or work that requires your hands to be immersed in water.
Remove your jewellery before swimming or showering because chlorine, some soaps, and simply immersing in water can damage your gemstones or their settings.
Remove your jewellery before going to bed - tossing and turning in your sleep puts undue strain on your jewellery, causing it to become loose or even break;
Wear your jewellery only after your perfume and/or hair care products have dried, as these may cause the stones to break down.
Store in a pouch, ziplock bag, or jewellery box in a dark place, out of direct sunlight - sunlight can cause fading of stones and humidity in the air can cause tarnishing of silver.
Cleaning in General
Silver tarnishes easily, resulting in a black and dirty appearance. To keep your silver gleaming, gently polish it with a jewellery cloth or use a standard silver polish.
Copper is prone to developing a distinct patina. Patina is not a "flaw," but rather a natural byproduct. If you don't like the patina effect, you can clean your copper items with regular copper polish.