Caring for Jewellery
Dear Addison jewellery is hand crafted with love. Treasure each piece and handle with care. As a general recommendation, jewellery should be the last thing you put on before leaving the house and the first thing you take off at the end of the day. Simple things like spraying on perfume over jewellery or applying hand sanitiser can affect finishes. Please refer to the following recommendations to best care for your Dear Addison jewellery.
BRASS WITH SILVER AND ROSE GOLD PLATING
All Dear Addison designs are made from brass which has been plated in either silver, 18K rose gold or 14k yellow gold and finished with a protective coating.
Over time it is natural for brass to tarnish. Salty air, sunlight, water, humidity and various chemicals can rapidly speed up this process. To prevent tarnishing, pieces should be kept clean and dry in a jewellery box or pouch.
Brass is a relatively soft metal and should be treated gently. Avoid bending earring posts, applying excess pressure, or straining the delicate fastenings and embellishments.
Particular care should be taken when cleaning plated jewellery to protect the layer from being worn away. The life of the coating will depend on how often the jewellery is worn and how well it is cared for. Plated jewellery should be removed before showering or washing your hands. Let perfume and moisturisers absorb into the skin before putting on plated jewellery.
To clean, simply wipe gently with a damp (chemical free) cotton cloth to remove surface dirt or dust. After cleaning, jewellery must be dried thoroughly with a dry cloth.
We have a selection of fine cotton in various colours. Avoid exposing cotton to moisture. Do not wear in water and be aware that cotton may change colour due to exposure to the sun and oils in the skin.
The Cubic zirconia (CZ) was originally created as an affordable alternative to a diamond. It is hard, flawless and with its brilliance and crystal clarity, it is a convincing rival. Cubic Zirconia is available in many of colours. These attributes make it a favourite in contemporary jewellery.
To clean CZ jewellery, use a small soft brush and warm soapy water to remove dirt. Rinse it in warm water and pat dry with a clean cloth. Avoid chemicals like perfumes and lotions as excessive exposure can alter the colour and appearance of stones.
We love pairing our sterling silver and stainless steel products with natural stones for an extra special touch. Clean natural stones by wiping them with a soft, damp cloth after each wear to remove dust and body oils from the gemstones. As most semi-precious stones are porous, avoid exposing these stones to soap and water. Protect them from exposure to hair spray, perfume or cosmetics, as the chemicals in these products can damage organic gemstones over time. Pearls in particular can be discoloured by soap, perfume and make up, so take extra care with them.
Each natural stone is unique. Please be aware that there will be variation in stone detail and patterning.