Jewellery Care Guide
How can I clean & look after my jewellery?
Each piece of Constellations jewellery is crafted from high-quality metals. All of our jewellery is nickel-free, making it hypoallergenic, great for more sensitive skin and perfect for everyday wear.
Here's how to care for your favourite jewellery to maintain its quality and shine.
Caring For Gold Plated and Gold Vermeil Jewellery
By nature of the gold plating process, exposure to heat, liquids or chemicals, friction during wear and abrasive cleaning can result in the gold layer wearing away over time. Taking proper care of your gold plated and vermeil jewellery will extend its life span.
- Remove your jewellery before you shower, wash your hands, exercise, swim or sunbathe.
- Avoid your jewellery coming into contact with body lotions, sun creams, soaps, sanitisers and perfumes.
- Store your jewellery in a safe, dry place, out of direct sunlight. We recommend keeping your pieces in your Constellations London jewellery box. Jewellery should always be stored separately. Fasten any chains to stop them from getting tangled, and fasten any extender chains on the last hole.
- We advise regular gentle polishing with a dedicated gold polish cloth, not too abrasive. Giving your jewellery a quick polish after wear will ensure any excess chemicals and moisture are removed and 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, and is most easily removed when it first becomes visible. If your sterling silver jewellery needs a deep clean, combine warm water with mild phosphate-free dishwashing soap. For heavier tarnish, try baking soda and warm water.
- One of the best ways to prevent sterling silver jewellery from tarnishing is wearing it, as your skin's natural oils help keep it clean and maintain its brilliance. Always select your jewellery after applying any lotions and makeup to avoid unnecessary chemical contact.
Caring For Solid Gold
We design timeless pieces in 9ct 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 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 it's 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.
Caring For Water-Resistant Gold
The great thing about our innovative new water-resistant gold jewellery range is that you don't have to be *too* careful with it. It's pretty durable, water and sweat-resistant, as well as being tarnish and scratch-free.
- We recommend putting on your jewellery last to avoid contact with chemicals in lotions and oils, which can change the colour of your jewellery over time.
- We recommend wiping down your jewellery frequently to remove any natural skin oils and chemicals and prevent damage, gently using a soft, non-abrasive cloth.