LOOKING AFTER YOUR JEWELLERY
BOTH GOLD AND SILVER are soft metals and scratch easily. Whether caring for Azuni Jewellery or other treasures that you own, it is best to keep your jewellery pieces separate from one another to avoid them scratching against each other and tangling. Our Azuni pouches are ideal for this. Or use a lined soft fabric box or small zip lock plastic bag works fine or simply wrap them in a soft cloth or tissue paper when not using them for longer periods of time.
A good idea is to keep each real silver or gold jewellery item in a sealable plastic bag or box with a small piece of jewellery cleaning cloth ( you can get these from most high street jewellers). These cloths are impregnated with a solution that helps prevent the metal from tarnishing .. They are also the best way to keep your gold or silver items looking there best by gently rubbing from time to time ..
Avoid swimming or bathing while wearing gold-plated or silver jewellery, and remove rings when washing your hands. Swimming pools that contain chlorine and salt water can tarnish precious metals and gemstones by dulling or eroding them. Hot springs - if your lucky enough to be going to one are a big no no for jewellery as they contain sulphur and your jewellery will turn BLACK !!! Soapy water when bathing and showering can also leave a thin film which makes the metal seem dull. Finally be sure not to spray perfume over your jewellery when getting ready for that big night out! instead make sure it's the last thing you put on. Use a Jewellery Cloth from time to time. These cloths are impregnated with a solution that helps prevent the metal from tarnishing. They are also the best way to keep your gold or silver items looking there best by gently rubbing.
If you are allergic to Gold plated earrings, or get a rash / itchy reaction when wearing them, try putting a little bit of clear nail varnish on the post and scroll! When it eventually wears off just re-apply it.
The most modern way to plate metals these days is by using a process called electrolysis. Vermeil is a more expensive version of gold plated jewellery .It consists of a sterling silver base that is coated with gold by a complex process and must be at least 2 microns thick and a minimum of 14ct gold. Vermeil plate will last a lot longer than costume jewellery plate, even years . And, if the lifespan of the finish is important for you, your option should be vermeil or gold filled jewellery. Where we state that our jewellery is vermeil on Sterling silver the customer should be aware that we always plate to 2 or 3 microns and only use 18 or 24ct gold . Nothing lower.