Grey Pearl jewellery use and care
Costume, or fashion jewellery is defined by the use of non-precious materials like plated metal, glass, crystal, strass, plastics, resin, leather and wood.
Handmade costume jewellery can be delicate, so treat it with same care you’d treat precious fine jewellery. No jewellery piece likes a harsh fall on the floor!
For my finer fashion jewellery I also use freshwater pearls and semi precious
stones. All pieces come in a small satin pouch, not only for the presentation but to give them a nice little home and future protection from light and
scratches. Use the pouch!
GENERAL USE AND CARE TIPS
• Metals naturally oxidize or tarnish with exposure to air and chemicals. To keep it sparkly longer, store jewellery in an air tight container or bag. Or, at least carefully store in their individual pouches to avoid direct sunlight, scratching and eventually, damage.
• Perspiration, body lotion and water will also shorten the life of costume jewellery by affecting the metal where it comes into contact with the skin. So wipe the jewellery very gently with a slightly damp cloth and make sure it’s all well dried before wearing or storing.
• If you have a custom-made Coco Chain with cultured pearls; please note that direct exposure to perfume, skin or hair products will stain the pearls. A good habit is to put your jewellery on last and make sure perfume and all skin products are thoroughly dry.
• Any use of solvents, harsh chemicals, silver polish or silver dips will badly damage cultured pearls and eventually wear off the plating if the chains are plated. Tarnished metal can be polished upwith a soft polishing cloth to restore some shine.
Using your BEADSonCHAINS
A few tips that will make your Coco Chains or any chain last longer
When handling your chain it may suddenly look funny!
A pearl or two will seem dislodged. Don't worry!
It's usually simply a link that's twisted out of position. It often happens when I work on the chains. And even I still think - oh, it's ruined! - before I remember the trick. Here it is:
Just shake and twist the chain a few times to let the links find their natural path; that will instantly restore the position of the links and make the chain look beautifully regular again.
If something gets stuck in the Coco Chain, or vice versa, try to carefully untangle without pulling hard. The string is very fine and can get dislodged, and in worst case it may brake if you pull too hard.
Rather than struggling to fasten your bracelet yourself, whenever you can, have someone help you. Holding a bracelet close to the body and pulling on clasps puts unnecessary strain on the links.
Beach - a big NO.
Water is no friend of plated chains; and of course you’d never wear your Coco Chains when you shower or swim. Avoid washing up splashes too.
Salt water is really bad! But know that water in general can cause discolouration and wear down the plating.
It's wise to have knotted pearls checked and restrung every two years if frequently worn. Same advise for Coco Chains; have me check them up after a year or so, to see if they need tightening or other service.
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