Congratulations on choosing Martin Oliva Jewellery.

When buying jewellery you purchase it for a lifetime. It’s important to give it that much needed tlc, to keep it looking good and to ensure it stays in tip top condition.

Bought your Jewellery from Martin Oliva? Pop in to our boutique in South Woodford for cleaning and a check over. This service is completely free of charge.

To maintain the sparkle of your jewellery it is important to clean it regularly. You can do this yourself or professionally.

There are few things you can do:

  • Prevent contact with cosmetics and perfume.
  • Moisture your body and hands without your jewellery on.
  • Avoid wearing jewellery in the swimming pool and sea water (chlorine and salt may cause damage).
  • Caring about your jewellery when it is hot: remember that skin moistens which increases jewellery tarnishing.

Silver becomes darker because it is prone to tarnishing. It naturally oxidises with air or the acids in human skin. Gold, especially 9ct, often includes some amounts of silver: you may notice the black effect in some pieces.

Home cleaning:

  • Clean your jewellery in warm soapy water, dry it with a soft cloth and rub it with a special polishing cloth to make it shine.
  • You can also use silver and gold dip. Leave your jewellery for a few seconds in the dip, rinse it under running water in a plastic basin (be careful, this is mild acid that may damage the surface of your sink), and dry with a soft cloth or a hairdryer. The dip may affect the jewellery, for example it may spoil the rhodium layer, or damage the shine of your stone.

DO NOT USE the dip with:

  • oxidised (blackened) jewellery
  • rhodium plated jewellery
  • pearls
  • Gemstones

Diamonds and other gemstones

Maintaining a clean stone is difficult, as the jewellery setting may obstruct your path. Also, it is unavoidable that grease, and other liquids together with the dust will adhere to the stone. You may clean your stone under the stream of warm water, but we do not recommend experimenting with cleaning solutions, as it is risky and may damage your stone. Be careful when you wash your gemstones under running water, use only warm water. Hot or cold water may cause serious damage to your stone.

Professional cleaning

It is definitely worth using a professional cleaning service. First of all, at home you are not able to achieve the same effect. Secondly, a jeweller would always check the condition of your piece, for example, inspect the condition of the claws or notice weak points.

  • Hand polishing and machine polishing shines every element.
  • Ultrasonic would get rid of the dirt or grease.
  • Hot steam would glitter your diamond.

We recommend that you bring your jewellery for a professional service once a year. If you need advice do not hesitate to contact us.

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