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Ring Size Guide

You've chosen the perfect ring; now it is time to find out the perfect size. A ring must be tight enough to stay on the finger but large enough to get over any finger joint. Make sure when measuring any finger that it is not too cold. Fingers will fluctuate in size depending on temperature and humidity. Therefore, measuring them when they are at their largest will make sure you get the best fit, no matter the weather.

Just like shoes and clothing, the UK, EU and US all have different measurement guides. Follow our link to find out the perfect fit for you or your loved one.

Care Instructions

Jewellery is often an investment and, for many people, has a great sentimental value attached to the pieces. Therefore, it is important to take care of your jewellery to make sure they look their best for years to come. Whether you are trying to clean a diamond engagement ring, a cherished pearl necklace or a gold bracelet, follow our guide and take care of your jewellery with confidence.


General Care

A professional should regularly check your jewellery for damage or wear. Here are a few tips on some of the things you can do yourself to keep it in great shape:

Take your jewellery off if you're involved in any activity which could scratch, knock or damage it. If in any doubt, take it off and keep it safe. Take it off when you go to bed.

Keep it well away from chemicals, especially chlorine. If it does come into contact with chemicals, rinse it in water immediately.

Bathe and apply any lotions or perfumes before you put your jewellery on. Organic gemstones like pearls and opals are particularly vulnerable to acids, even perspiration.

Store it separately, ideally in a soft-lined box or case, so that your favourite pieces don't tangle, rub or scratch one another. Pearls in particular should be kept separately as they are easily scratched by hard gemstones.

Make sure chains and necklaces are fastened when storing to avoid tangling. Remove jewellery while cooking and cleaning. When storing jewellery, please keep it away from sunlight, excessive heat or damp conditions.

Gemstone Cleaning

Gemstones are bought for their sparkle and colour, so it's essential to keep them looking their best. However, it is important to know what type of gem you are cleaning and how to get it back to looking like new.

Many coloured gemstones have been treated to enhance their appearance. These treatments can negatively interact with some cleaning products and damage the jewellery. If in any doubt, take your jewellery to a jeweller for advice.

Although a gemstone may appear tough, many can be susceptible to heat. Whenever cleaning, make sure that you use warm water rather than hot or boiling water. Inclusions within gemstones can weaken their structure if aggressively cleaned. Gemstones, such as emeralds that have been oiled to improve colour, can be negatively affected by mechanical cleaning such as steam and ultrasonic cleaning.

For nearly all coloured gemstones cleaning with warm water, a couple of drops of washing-up liquid and a soft brush will be more than adequate. Make sure to avoid hard and rigid brushes. A toothbrush is usually an excellent tool due to head size and flexibility. If using a toothbrush, it is important to buy one labelled with a soft or extra-soft brush.

When cleaning malachite, use cool water as it is particularly sensitive to heat and hot water may damage the gemstone.

Diamond Cleaning

Despite being the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, diamonds require care and attention. They are hard, but they can still fracture and be scratched by other diamonds due to their directional hardness. Oil deposits from fingers and general dust and grime can quickly adhere to the diamond surface and affect a diamond's brilliance.

Handle the diamond carefully and store it away from other jewellery to avoid scratching the other pieces, including other diamond jewellery. Keeping the diamond in individual small plastic bags or a fabric-lined case will help reduce damage, wear and a build-up of dirt.

Clean the diamond regularly. Soak in warm water with a degreasing solution (a couple of drops of washing-up liquid will suffice). Gently brush with a soft, clean toothbrush before drying with a lint-free cloth. Be extra careful with the stone's setting as this may be fragile. Avoid using bleaches or other hard abrasives. This can easily damage the precious metal in which the diamond is mounted.

Cleaning Gold

It doesn't take long for gold jewellery to lose its shine. Fingerprints and a daily build-up of dirt can quickly dull even the brightest gold. Thankfully, we have some tips to help you to get it shining once again.

If the gold jewellery has gemstones or pearls, please be extra careful when cleaning the piece. Check out the rest of the guide for how best to clean the individual gems so that you don't cause any damage to the jewellery.

A cleaning solution designed exclusively for jewellery is a safe option, but make sure any solution is intended for the correct precious metal or gemstone. If in doubt, it is best to stick to using the following steps:

  • Add a few drops of washing-up liquid (or other mild degreasing solution) to a lukewarm bowl of water. Extreme temperature changes may damage the jewellery, so avoid hot or ice-cold water.
  • Soak the jewellery for ten minutes to loosen any build-up of dirt.
  • Gently clean with a soft-bristled brush such as an unused toothbrush.
  • Make sure to clean the whole piece of jewellery and get into hard to reach places while being extra careful when cleaning fragile parts of the jewellery (for example, at a stone's setting).
  • Rinse thoroughly in clean water to remove soap residue and any other remnants of dirt.
  • Dry gently with a lint-free cloth or leave on a cloth to air dry.
  • Gold is a very soft metal that is susceptible to scratching. Remember this fact during the cleaning and drying process and be as gentle as possible.
  • Cleaning Silver

    How to clean silver:

    The simplest way to clean silver is to buy a specialist cleaning solution or cloth. There are numerous examples on the market. Just make sure that they have been specifically designed for cleaning silver. Silver cleaning cloths should be soft and infused with anti-tarnishing agents.

    If you don't have specialist cleaners at home, then do not fear as there are household options to get your silver shining. A bowl of lukewarm water and a few drops of washing-up liquid will help remove tarnishing.

  • Soak the silver jewellery for ten minutes in a bowl of warm water with a few drops of washing-up liquid.
  • Gently scrub the silver with a soft, clean brush.
  • Rinse in clean, warm water.
  • Leave to air dry.


  • For more stubborn tarnishing, you can use a white vinegar and water mix:
  • Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a bowl.
  • Soak a clean toothbrush in the solution and gently brush the affected areas of silver.
  • Rise and leave to air dry.


  • Silver is subject to tarnishing over time, resulting in dull or even black jewellery. Tarnishing occurs when silver is exposed to oxygen and sulphur in the air. It is unavoidable, but, thankfully, it doesn't damage the metal and can be removed easily with cleaning.

    How to prevent tarnishing:

    Simply wearing your silver jewellery will slow the process of tarnishing. Being careful with how you store and wear the silver will also help reduce the speed of tarnishing.

    Remove silver rings and bracelets when washing your hands. Residue from soap and hand gels can result in a dull surface.
    Keep silver jewellery in separate airtight bags.
    Avoid humid environments.

    However, when the metal begins to look dull or starts to turn black, it is time to get the cleaning products out to get the jewellery looking like new.

    Pearls

    It doesn't get much more classic than pearls. These popular keepsakes manage to be dainty and sweet, yet bold at the same time. (Explains why they're a common choice for weddings!)

    Cultured pearls are delicate and require proper care. They can't be maintained the same way as other jewelry. Read on to learn how to best clean and care for your pearls.

    How to Clean Pearls

    1. After every wear, wipe your pearls with a soft cloth. This will help prevent any buildup of oils or other substances that may have come in contact with your jewelry throughout the day.

    2. Clean with a damp cloth only as needed. If your pearls are visibly stained, you can mix a solution of lukewarm water and mild dish soap, dip a soft cleaning cloth in it and wipe the pearls. Do NOT submerge a pearl necklace in water, as it will weaken the silk thread.

    3. Let them dry all the way before storing. Again, this helps preserve the elasticity of the silk strand.

    4. Take them to your jeweler once a year. While you want to wear your pearls often to keep them hydrated, all that body oil doesn't do the silk thread any favors. Make sure to have your jeweler check the integrity of your pearl bracelets and necklaces once a year. They can also give them a thorough, safe cleaning.

    Never clean pearls with a steam or ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Both of these methods are likely to damage the outer layer of the pearl.

    Cultured pearls should be strung with a knot between each bead to prevent loss if the strand breaks.

    Pearl Maintenance Tips

    Pearls are commonly passed down to become a treasured family heirloom. Make sure your pearls last long enough to achieve heirloom status by following these maintenance tips:

    1. Last on, first off. Pearls should be the final touch to your outfit. Avoid applying makeup, hairspray, lotion or perfume once your pearls are on.

    2. Store them flat. While it's perfectly acceptable for most necklaces to be hung on a cute jewelry rack, your pearl strands should not be. Store pearl necklaces flat to prevent them from stretching.

    3. Dedicate a space just for your pearls. Soft pearls are prone to scratches, so store them separately in fabric-lined compartments.

    4. Wear your pearls often. Pearls do best in a moist environment, so wearing them frequently keeps them from drying out. Easiest. Advice. Ever.

    Birthstones

    Buying a birthstone item of jewellery as a gift is a popular way to mark an anniversary, birth or special date. Each month and astrological star sign has its unique birthstone, with each one said to possess unique properties. For example, the September birthstone sapphire symbolises purity and faithfulness.

    Birthstones are a great way to add extra significance to a gift for both the intended wearer and the buyer.

    Month Star Sign Traditional Gemstone Gemstone Meaning Alternative Gemstone
    January Capricorn Garnet Faith, Eternity, Truth Rose Quartz
    February Aquarius Amethyst Luck, Wittiness, Health Amber
    March Pisces Aquamarine Happiness, Understanding Jade
    April Aries Diamond Eternity, Courage, Health Clear Quartz/Rock Crystal
    May Taurus Emerald Fidelity, Goodness, Love Chrysoprase
    June Gemini Pearl Peace, Nobility, Beauty Moonstone
    July Cancer Ruby Love, Enthusiasm, Strength Carnelian
    August Leo Peridot Success, Peace, Love Spinel
    September Virgo Sapphire (blue) Serenity, Truth Lapis Lazuli
    October Libra Opal Purity, Hope, Health Pink Tourmaline
    November Scorpio Topaz Wisdom, Courage, Sincerity Citrine
    December Sagittarius Tanzanite Love, Happiness, Luck Blue Topaz