Jewellery Care

All Linda Penwarden jewellery is shipped in a gift box. Careful storage between wears will ensure protection from damage and environment.

Platinum

Platinum - the most precious metal used in jewellery, is a metal that is lustrous and silvery grey in colour by nature. Platinum is dense, more durable and stronger than Gold. Because of it’s durability, it will assure you that your most precious diamonds and gems will be secure. Platinum does get scratched more easily than Gold, however, a simple buff and polish will make the Platinum jewellery shiny like new. Platinum is unique in the way that the surface does not need to be removed to become shiny again, the surface is burnished to high polish. Platinum develops a patina finish which is often desired by most people and does not require a Rhodium plating to achieve a shiny white appearance. It is a pure hypoallergenic metal so a Platinum allergy is rare. Platinum is affected by harsh chemicals such as household cleaners and chlorine. We recommend removing your jewellery when using chemicals to reduce daily abrasions and prolong the luster of the metals. Store your platinum jewellery in a soft pouch or it’s original box when not worn to protect it from the elements.

Gold

Gold will develop a film build up of oils from lotions, powders, soaps and natural skin oils which takes away from it's natural patina. Chemicals in the air can also oxidize the gold depending on the karat grade used. Always remove gold jewellery before entering swimming pools or using household cleaners, as chlorinated water and harsh chemicals can erode gold jewellery, create abrasions or reduce lustre.  Keep your precious pieces in a fabric-lined jewel case, or a box with compartments or dividers.

Set pieces

The choice of stone setting is a security as well as an aesthetic choice. The more a stone is exposed, the more vulnerable it is to damage and loosening. At home ultrasonic cleaners can also loosen gem settings. Repeated rough treatment and wear can loosen all stone settings and you could lose your precious gems. Fine jewellery should be checked at least once a year for wear and the security of settings.

Pearls

Like their natural hosts, pearls are prone to damage from pollution and rough treatment. Store pearls separately from other jewellery as these soft stones can be easily scratched by harder gemstones or metals. Excessive sun and heat can also damage pearls, dehydrating them. Perfumes, oils, sunscreen etc should be avoided. Wipe pearls gently with a soft cloth after wear to remove any trace residue. Pearls are normally strung on silk and moisture, oils and frequent touching can degrade the integrity of this silk. As a result, regular re-stringing is recommended. Never expose pearls to chlorinated water.

Sterling silver

Silver will naturally tarnish when exposed to the air, so store it in an airtight container or tarnish-protecting cloth to help to minimize the amount of care necessary. Keep your sterling silver jewellery in a cool, dry place. Polishing cloths are an excellent choice for cleaning your sterling silver jewellery.