4 SIMPLE STEPS TO CARE
STEP 1. Store in the package.
STEP 2. Protect against water and moisture.
STEP 3. Avoid contact with chemicals.
STEP 4 Be gentle as it is a handmade product
CLEAN YOUR JEWELLERY
At LAU, jewellery is guaranteed for life and the entire team is available to advise you on their maintenance. Here are the most frequently asked questions and our advice on how to keep your jewellery looking its best from day one.
MY JEWEL LOOKS SCRATCHED AND HAS LOST ITS SHINE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Your jewellery is in daily contact with your objects such as your keys or other metal objects, your other jewellery included, and friction will inevitably scratch them. These scratches are normal but dull the original shine, giving a weathered effect over time. If some people appreciate this ageing, know that it is also possible to restore the jewel to its shine by polishing and possibly rhodium plating.
Do not hesitate to come and drop off your jewel so that the LAU workshop will restore it to its original beauty.
ARE MY STONES AT RISK OF FALLING?
Despite all the precautions taken and the care taken to your jewelry, it is possible that a claw moves without you realizing it. This can occur as a result of sudden movement which generates a possible shock. Sometimes it happens that the jewelry absorbs the impact and you don’t realize it. If in doubt or just as a routine check, here are some tips to check the strength of your settings:
Bring the jewel near your ear and shake it gently. If you hear a little clicking noise, the stone is probably moving in its setting.
A setting with prongs always grips fine materials a little. If, on the other hand, the claws start to hook in an abnormal way that is different from what you are used to, it is probably that one of the claws has moved.
If you have a magnifying glass, observe your jewel in order to locate any cracks (traces of impact, cracks) on the overall surface of your stone as well as of your setting.
If you notice one of these anomalies, no longer wear your jewel and bring it to the store, the LAU workshop will take care of refurbishing the claw in order to secure the stone (s).
HOW TO MAINTAIN AND CARE FOR PEARLS?
The pearl is an organic gem with unique properties, it is therefore very sensitive. Due to its low stability, it is necessary to take care of it and be careful not to expose it to shocks and other minerals. You should also avoid exposing it to high temperatures or putting it in contact with chemicals, household products or even your perfume, the alcohol of which could eat away at the mother-of-pearl.
For its maintenance, you can polish it and feed it using a cotton ball soaked in an oil of natural origin (olive oil, coconut oil). When you are not wearing your pearl jewelry, it is best to leave it in a jewelry pouch to prevent the pearl from getting scratched on contact with other materials.
For your pearl necklaces or bracelets, we recommend a so-called knotted knot assembly which will allow the pearls not to rub against each other or even to avoid losing them all if the thread breaks. The LAU workshop can also take care of rethreading a pearl necklace or bracelet.
WHAT SHOULD I DO TO KEEP MY JEWELLERY IN GOOD CONDITION SUSTAINABLY?
Small and precious, jewellery is by nature quite fragile. It is therefore important to learn to take care of it as you would a delicate garment. It is advisable to remove your jewellery for daily manual activities such as gardening, cleaning, in general for all sports activities and also for going to sleep.
15 TIPS TO REMEMBER:
- Regularly clean your jewellery, both for hygiene and for their aesthetics
- It’s best to remove jewellery in the shower or bath, as soap can get stuck and cause irritation.
- A soft brush with a degreasing product allows you to rub under the stone and make it shine
- A soft cloth shines the metal once clean
- jewellery does not like cosmetics or household products
- Remove your jewellery when you are physically active
- Beware of shocks which deform the metal and damage the gems
- Check that the stones do not move in their setting
- Store your jewellery in the soft pouch so as not to scratch them
- Pearls, mother-of-pearl, corals and turquoise do not support perfumes
- Emeralds, opals and tourmaline are very fragile, take extra care
- Old jewellery is more delicate, it requires more care and attention than new jewellery
- Bracelets and rings are the most exposed to shocks
- A chain that has already broken once is often a chain that is also weakened elsewhere
- The ring of a ring that is not the right size can break