How should I store my jewellery?
Just like any jewellery, our pieces need to be treated with care. Please avoid storing your pieces with other items of jewellery, near sharp objects or at the bottom of your handbag. To minimise tarnish, we recommend storing your silver in a jewellery box rather than leaving it exposed to the elements (on your dressing room table, for example). The best place to keep your jewellery is in its original packaging.
Jewellery can also scratch itself. Luckily, all of our pieces come with their own ‘Claire Brooks’ jewellery box, which should mostly prevent this from happening.
Earrings, for example, are best stored separately. You can use the grooves in the foam within your jewellery box to keep them apart. Necklace boxes also have grooves to hold chains away from their feature pendant.
How do I clean my jewellery?
It is best to wear your silver jewellery regularly to minimise tarnish. If you do happen to leave your jewellery out and tarnish occurs, no problem – you can easily clean your pieces by gently rubbing the surface with a silver polishing cloth.
Oxidisation (also known as blackening) is a cosmetic finish on jewellery that is designed to give your piece an antique silver look over time. To clean a blackened piece, you can wipe it over with a soft, lint-free cloth. Just be careful as you do so, as rubbing too much will quickly wear out the patina.
Please avoid contact with harsh chemicals such as ammonia or jewellery cleaners, as these can damage our beautiful pieces and stones.
Powder-coated copper jewellery should be dusted with a soft cloth. Please avoid grazing the coating with other items, which will degrade the powder-coated surface.
And for those pieces that require a little extra attention, we also offer a cleaning service. You can get in touch with us here to arrange a spruce up.
How do I care for my stones?
Even though diamonds are very hard stones, they are still able to break. We suggest treating your diamond jewellery with care and having its settings assessed regularly to determine whether it needs to be repaired.
To keep its sparkle, give your diamond a quick clean at home with a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water.
Rubies and sapphires
Rubies and sapphires are very durable stones. But that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be treated with love. They aren’t as hard as diamonds and are more susceptible to wear and tear over time. In certain circumstances, your stone can potentially be removed from the setting and re-polished.
Just like diamonds, you can use a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water to clean your ruby or sapphire.
Opals, pearls, soft stones and alternative materials
Non-traditional stones such as opals, pearls and other soft stones should be worn occasionally and aren’t recommended for engagement or wedding rings. That’s why we always say that these pieces should be the last thing you put on when leaving home and the first thing you take off when you get back.
Wait until after you put on your make-up and perfumes to put on these pieces, and be mindful to avoid harsh chemicals – including liquid jewellery cleaners. Only use a clean microfiber cloth to clean your jewellery.
We recommend having the glue and silk threads of your pearl pieces assessed every 12 months. This ensures that there are no issues and prolongs the life of your jewellery.
How to care for your Pressed Flower earrings
Every pair of earrings in my Pressed Flower range is painstakingly hand-cut and filed using sheets of sterling silver to create a unique, layered effect. The individual flower layers may twist out of alignment on their axis. Don’t panic if this happens – simply realign the layers gently with your fingers.
Each pair of earrings are lovingly handmade so that every piece will have varying petal shapes.
How to care for your Microscope jewellery
Our Microscope collection is not waterproof, so we always recommend that you take your pieces off before you swim, take a shower or head out into the rain. Avoiding wearing perfumes and lotions while you wear your Microscope piece will also help keep your jewellery sparkling.
Our Microscope range features beautiful lenses that are made from glass, which can be damaged if they are dropped or knocked against a hard object. The lenses on our Microscope necklaces are also at risk of being scratched over time if worn with other pendants – so be sure to wear your necklaces at different lengths.
You don’t need any liquids to clean your Microscope jewellery. Simply use a silver polishing cloth for the silver and a soft, lint-free cloth for the lenses.
We suggest adding your jewellery to your home and contents insurance. If you have individual pieces worth over $2000, your insurance company might require you to list them separately. If that happens, we can help you get those pieces appraised.