We aim to use natural gemstones wherever possible however some gemstones are enhanced or dyed which is common practice in the jewellery industry. E.g. jade and agate are often dyed and tanzanite is heat-treated. A sprinkling of glass beads are used for details in some designs (this will be stated in the product description). 

Pieces are made with a range of metals including nickel free plated, colour coated and enamelled copper or solid 925 nickel free sterling silver findings, but 24 carat yellow gold vermeil plated sterling silver findings can be added to commission designs if required. Earring hooks are made in either silver plate, copper or sterling silver, (this will be stated in the product description).

9k gold pieces can be made but a price and deposit will need to be agreed. 

Jewellery Care

Sterling silver, silver plated and gold plated jewellery will tarnish with time and wear. It is good to polish it frequently with a soft dry cloth to avoid tarnish.I recommend you protect your jewellery by keeping it in a box in a cool dry place, away from direct sunlight. If possible try to keep pieces separate to avoid scratching. To remove day to day dirt from gemstones use a soft small brush, taking care not to scratch. Always take care to avoid contact with perfume, chemicals, deodorant etc. Ensure that you remove jewellery when showering, swimming or exercising. Most importantly enjoy wearing your jewellery, don’t just keep it in a box for best.

The Facts About Pearls and How to Care For Them

Natural pearls - These form in nature when an accidental irritant - such as sand - enters the oyster. In an attempt to cover the offending object, the oyster begins secreting nacre - thin layers of calcium carbonate.

Perfect pearls - The pearls created by the continual layering of nacre will almost always be mis-shapen (baroque) due to the odd shapes entering the oyster. Only in very rare cases will a natural pearl occur in a spherical shape.

Cultured pearls - Cultured pearls are formed in the same way as natural pearls, but with man supplying the initial irritant to get the process started. Pearl farmers insert a round mother-of-pearl shell or a piece of mantle tissue into the soft tissue of the oyster.

Pearl shapes and colours - Different irritants create pearls with different qualities: depending on what's inserted into the oyster, pearls can come in round, oval and button shapes, and also colours like white, pink and plum.

Caring for your pearls - Above all avoid cosmetics. Pearls are porous and organic, so cosmetics such as hairspray, perfume and body lotion should never be applied directly onto your pearls. Contact with these items may damage the nacre or cause discolouration. Only wear your pearls once you've applied your cosmetics. Pearls should not be worn while showering, swimming or exercising.

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