How To Care For Your Madame Mak Jewellery Collection
All jewellery is lovingly and playfully hand crafted by Madame Mak in her Melbourne studio. Follow Madame Mak's guide below to ensure your jewels remain clean, shiny and as good as new!
THE EASIEST WAY TO CLEAN YOUR JEWELLERY AT HOME WITHOUT FANCY PRODUCTS
Nothing like a good old soak for a few hours (or overnight) in some warm soapy water, followed by a gentle brushing with a soft brush (a soft foundation brush works perfectly). Avoid using harsh household detergents, toothpastes and rough brushes on metals or gemstones. Do not submerge any gemstone-bedazzled jewellery in boiling or hot water as this can damage and crack the stones beyond repair!
WHAT ABOUT THE POLISHING CLOTH THAT'S INCLUDED IN MY PARCEL?
This little cloth is perfect for gently rubbing your jewellery with but please ensure the cloth does not get wet. The impregnated polishing compounds are ineffective when the cloth becomes wet. This cloth is great at removing tarnish from the oxidation process, however it can also remove details that have been enhanced by oxidising at the time of manufacture. If your jewellery is oxidised at the time of purchase, use this cloth lightly in oxidised areas! Always be sure to use the silver polishing cloth on silver, and the gold cloth on the gold!
AND THE ULTRASONICATOR?
Proceed with caution! Not all gemstones can handle the frequency! If you are at all unsure, head to your local professional jeweller for advice. Sapphires, rubies and diamonds have all withstood the test at HQ (don't take my word for it!).
HOW TO PREVENT TARNISH
Wear your jewels all the time! Routine wear and natural oils on your skin can help prevent tarnish build up. Avoid leaving jewellery (especially silver) in open air when not worn, or in bathrooms or loosely in drawers. To pack away a jewel, give it a nice clean first and pop it in a dry box away from light and heat- preferably in anti-tarnish bags which are available at most jewellery retailers.
WHAT NOT TO DO
It's important to not wear your jewellery when performing tasks that may cause damage from mechanical force such as housework, gardening, working out at the gym and carrying heavy items. Doing so with rings can distort the band and introduce knocks and dents into the metal which may be too deep to rectify. It's also best to take your jewellery off whilst sleeping especially if it has gemstones set in claws (which can get caught on threads of clothing/sheets and break off). It is also extremely important to remove your jewellery when operating machinery (which can injure you if your jewellery gets caught in any motor or mechanism).
Avoid contact with chemicals such as chlorine, excessive salt water and the hot springs or thermal baths- the sulfur in the thermal springs will tarnish your silver to another level! (speaking from experience oops!). Most of all, if you are unsure please consult a professional jeweller in your area for a professional clean!
MIXING DIFFERENT ALLOYS AND METALS OF DIFFERENT PURITIES
We all love a mixed metal stack (well, at least I do). Unfortunately, wearing eg. gold next to silver long term can cause faster wear as different metals have different hardnesses relative to one another. This also applies to wearing gold things in different purities of gold eg. a 9K gold ring next to an 18K gold ring- the 18K ring has a higher content (purity) of gold which is softer than 9K (which is mixed with harder alloys and has a lower gold content relatively). Silver crashing against silver will dull the shine of your jewellery a lot quicker however I'm guilty of this myself and I personally love all of the age and patination that comes with jewellery being lovingly worn! It belongs on you- not in a box!!!
STORING ITEMS CORRECTLY IN YOUR JEWELLERY BOX
It's never a good idea to throw all of your jewellery carelessly into one box. Things will get tangled and things will scratch- including gemstones! A jewellery box with plenty of compartments is a must if you're at the aficionado level of collecting. Sometimes an acid-free tissue can be used to gently wrap around items if they're being stored in one box.
Having insurance on your valuable items is something to consider on your end if they're not easily replaced or too expensive to casually replace on any given day!