Jewellery Care Guide
The Constellations Jewellery Care Guide
Every piece of Constellations London jewellery is expertly crafted from 925 sterling silver (as the base metal) or solid gold. Sterling silver may be plated with 18ct gold plating or thick 18ct gold vermeil to create gold jewellery. Gold Vermeil (pronounced ver-may) means a far thicker layer of real gold has is bonded to the jewellery, so your gold lasts much longer. Vermeil is the most cost-effective way to purchase quality, real gold jewellery without the solid gold price tag.
All of our jewellery is nickel-free, making it great for more sensitive skin and perfect for everyday wear.
By nature of the gold plating process, exposure to heat, liquids and chemicals, any friction during wear and abrasive cleaning can result in gold wearing away over time. Taking proper care of your gold plated and vermeil jewellery can extend its life span.
Caring For Gold Plated and Vermeil Jewellery
Here is our guide on how to ensure your favourite gold vermeil and gold plated jewellery keeps its golden shine for years to come.
Avoid Exposure To Heat and Water
Remove jewellery before doing anything that involves extreme heat, moisture or liquids. Ensure to remove jewellery before washing your hands or dishes, swimming, heavily exercising, sunbathing or showering to avoid gradual removal of gold.
Avoid Contact With Lotions and Chemicals
Avoid your jewellery coming into contact with any body lotions, sun creams, soaps, sanitisers and perfumes. Always select your jewellery after you have applied makeup and other lotions and products to avoid unnecessary contact with these chemicals.
Store Your Jewellery Carefully and Separately
Store your jewellery in a safe, dry place, out of direct exposure to sunlight. We recommend keeping your pieces safe in the Constellations jewellery box they arrived in. Jewellery should always be separated to avoid any friction causing wear or damage. Fasten chains to stop them from getting tangled, and fasten any extender chains on the last hole.
To keep your gold jewellery looking as good as gold can, we advise regular gentle polishing with a dedicated cloth. Make sure your polishing cloth is suitable for gold and not too abrasive.
Giving your jewellery a quick polish after wear to ensure any excess chemicals and moisture is removed will also ensure the gold stays in perfect condition for longer.
Caring For Sterling Silver
Sterling silver should be gently polished with a silver polishing cloth regularly to remove any natural tarnish. The best polishing method is to use back and forth motions that mirror the silver's grain. Tarnish occurs due to a reaction with oxygen and sulphur that naturally occurs in the air. Tarnished silver will turn a darkish grey colour and is most easily removed when it first becomes visible.
One of the best ways to prevent sterling silver jewellery from tarnishing is by wearing it, as your skins natural oils can help keep it clean and maintain its brilliance. Always select your jewellery after you have applied any lotions and makeup to avoid unnecessary chemical contact.
If your sterling silver jewellery needs a proper clean, combine warm water with mild phosphate-free dishwashing soap. Another great solution for heavier tarnish is baking soda and warm water.
Caring For Solid Gold
We design timeless pieces in 9ct and 14ct solid gold, which should not oxidise or discolour and will stand the test of time. Gold is a soft metal, which is why it is mixed with other more durable metals, giving us carats of gold. The higher the carat, the more concentrated the pure gold in your jewellery is. This means the gold will appear more 'yellow' in colour, and will be far softer and less durable. That is why we only use 9 and 14 carats in our solid gold jewellery.
As a soft metal, gold can be susceptible to scratches and dents. Be mindful whilst wearing and always remove whilst exercising. Avoid exposure to water, heat and abrasive chemicals. Put your jewellery on last when getting ready as makeup, perfume, hairspray, and lotions can damage the appearance of your solid gold.
Regular cleaning can help to keep solid gold looking the best. Add a few drops of mild washing up liquid to a bowl of lukewarm water and soak your solid gold jewellery for 15 minutes. Do not use hot or boiling water. After soaking, gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush (the softer the better!) and rinse. Lightly blot dry using a soft cloth.