Treat your jewellery well and it will treat you well for many years to come
Wear with care
We recommend that you put your jewellery on after applying makeup and getting dressed in the morning and then to take it off at night before going to bed. Physically demanding activities may cause unnecessary wear to a piece of jewellery – so we recommend that you always make sure to take off your jewellery before house and garden work, cooking, swimming, bathing and sports activities.
Store jewellery separately
Think about how you store your pieces; different gemstones have different levels of hardness and can easily scratch or knock each other if stored together. Jewellery should be stored away from direct sunlight, damp, and extremes of either heat or cold. Specially designed jewellery boxes, like the Maria Nilsdotter Armoury, with soft-lined, purpose built compartments are preferred for storage. Otherwise try to keep the jewellery in the original boxes and packaging, as it is the easiest way to protect it from dust and damage. Remember to take extra care with pearls, which are soft and easily susceptible to scratches and other damage.
Beware of contamination
Keep your accessories away from water and chemical agents to avoid discoloration and tarnishing. Many soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, and cooking grease can dull and/or damage any jewellery and should be avoided. Long term exposure to natural skin oils can also dull pieces, especially gems and pearls, which is why we recommend removing jewellery overnight. In addition, water can damage the threading or setting of jewellery; so avoid getting threaded pearls or beaded jewellery wet. If your jewels do come into contact with any chemicals, use a dry soft tissue or towel to gently pat them dry.
Gently clean your jewellery occasionally to remove any oils, dust or contamination. Use simple, non-abrasive materials and specialist products. Be careful not to scrub or to over-handle your jewellery. Silver-dip type cleaners should only be used to clean silver jewellery, which must be rinsed and dried thoroughly afterwards. Gold, platinum and gemset jewellery can be cleaned using specialist jewellery cleaners, as appropriate.
Visit Maria Nilsdotter
If in doubt, come by our stores. We think all jewellery benefits from being cleaned and inspected professionally at least once a year; dirt, marks, blemishes or scratches acquired through age or everyday wear can easily be removed to return a treasured piece to its former glory. It also gives us a chance to check for any damage that you might not have noticed.