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Gorgeous surfer girl wearing kaikoa sterling silver jewellery

Jewellery Care

Your beautiful new pieces are crafted from high quality 925 sterling silver. To ensure a long (and gleaming!) life, they require a little extra jewellery care. We've put up a few ideas to assist you to keep them looking as good as the day you got them.


When handling your jewellery please be gentle. Sterling silver is a delicate, pliable metal that can readily bend or break when dropped, knocked, or improperly kept. Bending your ring to change its size or fit is never a good idea. Your jewellery should be stored in a sturdy container, such as the box it arrived in, when not in use. Please don’t toss it into your bag unattended!
We use a creative process in which we oxidise some of the more detailed pieces of jewellery, to give the detail of the ring, pendant, or earring a deeper and darker effect. This gives each piece its own distinct personality allowing you to wear them with pride knowing that they are all individually unique.
All silver jewellery, however, is subject to natural oxidisation over time. This happens as a result of chemicals such as chlorine in pools and spas, hairspray, perfume, creams (and even air and the naturally existing oils on your skin!) reacting with it. This is perfectly normal. However good habits will slow this process down.
Follow the last on, first off rule – put your jewellery on last when getting ready to go out, after you’ve applied any lotions, perfumes, or other products, and make sure it’s the first thing you take off before you shower or start using cleansing products.
Polish your jewellery regularly with a soft cloth. This will not only bring oxidised jewellery up to a nice shine, but it will remove substances that may cause the jewellery to continue to oxidise quicker. 
It can be easy to miss that your jewellery needs a clean, either because you wear it all the time and don’t notice the changes or because it’s put away somewhere safe and you don’t look at it too often. You might be a bit alarmed when you realise just how grimy and dull some of your favourite pieces have become.
To keep a regular shine please use a simple microfiber cloth or jewellery cloth to polish your pieces.
For our mirror finished pieces, make sure to use only a silver polishing cloth – as they have a possibility of being scratched with any other cloth.
A couple of drops of gentle colourless and fragrance-free soap in warm water can also be used, before rinsing and drying with a soft polishing cloth. Gentle silver polish may be used.  
For a more intense clean and to bring back much more of the shine, you can use the water and baking soda method.
You will need 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda (use a bit more water if the jewellery has delicate features). Stir into a paste. Use an old cloth to apply this cleaner in gentle buffing motions and movements. Then Rinse.
Please do not use any harsh chemicals or abrasive brushes as this may scratch the piece.
Also do not use this method on our highly married finished pieces.
Now your jewellery is nice and clean, have a think about how best to store it to avoid needing to clean it again too soon.
Store your jewellery in a cool, dry place, wrapped in a soft piece of cloth or other safe storage option such as the box it came in or jewellery case when not being worn.
No matter how careful you are when wearing your jewellery, it can also sustain damage during storage. Often, this comes from pieces knocking together. The best way to solve this problem is to store your items separately so they can’t touch one another.
As always, we’re here to help! If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.