Gently rub gold and silver jewellery with a soft, clean cloth to maximise the shine.
Jewellery set with gems can be brought to life by careful cleaning with a soft brush and soapy water, or with a proprietary jewellery cleaning solution. Try not to get threaded pearl or bead jewellery wet and only wet antique jewellery after specialist advice - you could ruin it.
Wipe pearls with a soft damp cloth after wearing to remove perfume, hairspray and anything else likely to damage them.
Cultured pearls are formed inside oysters. As they are of organic origin they are particularly susceptible to damage. For this reason you should treat cultured pearls with great care.
Cosmetics including perfume and hairspray should be applied before you put on any cultured pearl jewellery, otherwise the nacre, or skin, can become permanently damaged. After wearing, clean it with a soft dry cloth.
Should you need to wash your cultured pearl jewellery, do it with water and maybe a drop or two of detergent. Donít use any form of chemicals, as they are most likely to damage the cultured pearls.
Cultured pearls are soft and any rough treatment such as carrying in a handbag or putting them loose in a jewellery box may also damage them. Wrap them in tissue for protection.
Everyday wear, and the natural constituents of your skin can have a detrimental effect on the silk used to thread your cultured pearls. Get Michel Jewellers to check them regularly. The frequency of rethreading depends on many different factors, but once a year is a good idea.
Silver is a beautiful lustrous metal, used in making much of contemporary jewellery. It does unfortunately have one downside, and that is tarnish. The modern world and the way we live means there is a lot of sulphur in the atmosphere, this is what causes tarnish. Centuries ago silver kept its polish far longer as there was very little pollution.
Regular cleaning and polishing will restore the original look of silver, but take care not to polish too enthusiastically, as silver is actually removed from the surface. Consult us for advice on which product to use, and how to use it.
There is available a modern polishing foam that cleans silver without polishing, it even contains a tarnish resistant formula.
Ideally a watch needs to be serviced every year or two (ask us about your particular brand and model). Some watches will keep going OK for years without needing repair, but don't risk it, there could be problems of wear building up that will make eventual overhaul more difficult or impracticable.
Unless the degree of water resistance is clearly defined or marked on your watch or in the product manual, don't risk wearing it in the shower or pool. 'Water resistantí' is not the same as 'Waterproof'!
No matter how handy you are, don't attempt any 'do-it-yourself' watch repairs or even take a peek inside. Only an expert watchmaker should be trusted to put your watch back into working condition if there is a problem.