Your jewellery made by Myia is special; every piece is imagined, meticulously handcrafted and finished in her studio in Hatton Garden, London. Over time, jewellery can start to show signs of wear and tear, but by following the simple steps below, you can ensure yours continues to look its best.
Jewellery is delicate by nature and we encourage customers to take extra care when wearing it daily. Be careful not to damage or scratch your jewellery, take it off and store it safely while you do any rough or heavy work – lifting, gardening etc. All metals become dulled and tarnished from contact with chemicals, so it’s best to remove your jewellery when you shower, spray perfume, apply lotion or exercise. We also advise taking off your jewellery at night to prevent it from becoming scratched and tangled.
Silver naturally tarnishes with exposure to air and the environment. Additionally lotions, perfumes, bleach and chlorine all have adverse effects on the quality and look of any silver.
In order to ensure that tarnishing doesn’t spoil your silver jewellery, it is important to follow a few simple steps;
Apply any scents and lotions before you put it on.
Avoid wearing jewellery when doing sports or washing up.
We advise that you keep your jewellery in the pouch it came in or alternatively in a zip lock plastic bag this reduces the risk of scratching as well as tarnishing.
To keep your jewellery clean we recommend that you gently rub the item with a lint free cloth. Be very careful when cleaning chains and pieces with gems in. We love to use 'Talk-Town London Polish co" products, our jewellery comes up super shiny with their cloths and silver dip.
Is your jewellery showing light signs of oxidation?
Step 1. Use a silver polishing cloth - we love the brand 'talktown london'
Step 2. Gently rub on the area until it is gone.
Is your jewellery showing heavy signs of oxidation?
Step 1. Dip a polishing cloth into a silver cleaning solution - we love the brand 'talktown london'. Do NOT dip the jewellery into the silver clean solution if the piece of jewellery has any elements like pearls, rubber, stones etc as they can get damaged, always consult a professional first if you are unsure.
Step 2. Rub it on the affected areas.
Step 3. After cleaning, rinse the jewellery in water to remove any leftover chemicals.
- Gold or Rhodium-plated Jewellery -
Gold Plating (also called gold vermeil) is a method of depositing a layer of 18ct gold onto the surface of silver through an electrochemical process.
Care should always be taken when cleaning gold plated jewellery to protect the layer of gold from being worn away or scratched. Although gold-plated jewellery will not tarnish over time like silver, the gold appearance may slightly fade depending on wear and exposure to chemicals and cosmetics.
We advise you follow the below instructions to care for your gold or black rhodium vermeil jewellery.
As with silver, we advise gold plated Jewellery not to be worn when showering or exercising. Preventing it from getting wet and keeping it away from harsh chemicals, lotions and perfumes will ensure its lasting quality.
Do not wear your jewellery at night and remove it for sports and water activities.
- Gold Jewellery -
A simple gold polishing cloth will spruce up the gold.
Oxidized or discoloured gold jewellery can happen in rare cases. Gold from 9K to 18K have metals like copper and silver in the alloy, which are natural oxidants.
If you see a light discolour, you can use a gold polishing cloth and rub it on the area until it is gone.
- Repairs and Reconditioning Service -
Over time, due to natural wear and tear, items of jewellery may need to be professionally polished, repaired, re-conditioned, or re-set.
It is important to us that you love wearing your jewellery and we want to help you keep it looking its best. At Myia’s studio in London, we offer a repairs and reconditioning service to our customers for a small fee. Whether you’d like a piece cleaned, re-plated or simply checked over, please get in touch for a quote.