The Constellations Jewellery Care Guide
Each piece of Constellations London jewellery has been crafted from solid 925 sterling silver or solid gold. Sterling silver may be plated with 18ct gold plating or thick 18ct gold vermeil to create the gold look. Vermeil (pronounced ver-may) means a far thicker layer of gold plating that lasts longer. 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: wear and abrasive cleaning, as well as exposure to heat, liquid and chemicals, will result in the gold wearing away over time. Taking proper care of your gold plated and vermeil jewellery can extend its life span.
Here's our quick guide on how to ensure your favourite vermeil and 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 liquid. Remove jewellery before washing your hands, washing dishes, going swimming, sunbathing, water sports, or showering, to avoid water damage and gradual removal of gold.
Avoid Contact With Chemicals
Avoid your jewellery making contact with body lotions, sun creams, soaps, hand sanitisers and perfumes. Different chemicals in lotions and perfumes will tarnish or wear away at gold jewellery. Select your jewellery after you have applied make-up and other products to avoid unnecessary contact with these chemicals.
Store Your Jewellery Carefully
Store your jewellery in a safe, dry place, out of direct exposure to sunlight. We recommend storing it in the Constellations jewellery box it came in. Your pieces should always be separated in storage to avoid any friction causing wear or damage. Fasten any of your 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 cloth is suitable for gold, and not too abrasive.
Giving your jewellery a quick polish after wear to ensure any excess chemicals and moisture are removed will ensure the gold stays in good condition for longer.
Caring For Sterling Silver
Sterling silver should be gently polished with a silver polishing cloth to remove any natural tarnish. Tarnish is caused by a reaction with 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.
Caring For Solid Gold
We design timeless pieces in 9ct and 14ct solid gold. Solid gold 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, so the more yellow the gold will appear, and the less durable it will be. That's why we only use 9 and 14 carats in our solid gold jewellery.
As it’s 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.