Jewellery Care

Gold plated silver items

Jewellery that is gold plated is a 5mg thick 22.5ct gold plate over 925 sterling silver. This is a durable thick gold-plate however durability depends on how much the jewellery is worn. Ruth is happy to re-gold plate any pieces purchased from her but gold-plating and postal charges will be payable by the customer.

Store your gold plated jewellery separately to your other jewellery in your jewellery box to avoid it rubbing against any sharp surfaces that may gradually scratch off the gold plate.

Oxidised silver items

Some of Ruth’s jewellery is oxidised to a grey or black finish which is the chemical treatment of silver to change the surface colour. Oxidisation is not a permanent surface treatment and can wear off. Items such as earrings and brooches that sit static will maintain their black finish as long as they are cared for. Store your oxidised jewellery separately to your other jewellery in your jewellery box to avoid it rubbing against any sharp surfaces that may gradually scratch off the oxidisation. If you would like a piece of jewellery made by Ruth to be re-oxidised she will do this free of charge, however postal charges will be payable by the customer.

Cleaning your jewellery

To clean silver, gold or gold-plated jewellery use a soft jewellery polishing cloth that is suitable for use with the specific alloys.

Oxidised silver requires virtually no cleaning. Instead of using a cleaning cloth use a soft brush in soapy water. Avoid hard brushes or any abrasives as they will scratch the surface and remove the patina. Do not immerse oxidised areas in any chemicals such as jewellery cleaning solutions as this will remove the oxidisation.