Jewellery Care

At Obsidian Designs, we offer a wide range of jewellery materials. As such, there are many ways to care for your items. In addition to the jewellery care cards which are included in you packages, here are some other ways you can increase the life expectancy of your jewellery.  

Our .925 sterling silver jewellery pieces are composed of 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. It is important to care for your .925 sterling silver jewellery to ensure that they are long-lasting and to prevent tarnish.


At Obsidian Designs Limited, all our sterling silver jewellery are polished thoroughly to prevent tarnish for as long as possible, however, to extend the life of your ring(s) or necklace(s) we recommend avoiding contact with agents such as perfume, sulphur, soap, lotions/creams, hairspray, chlorine and acidic skin ph. We also recommend that you do not wear the rings or necklaces whilst bathing or during sporting activities where you are likely to sweat.


.925 sterling silver jewellery should be stored away from sunlight/heat and kept in the pouch and box when not being worn. Whilst we recommend using the velvet bags or boxes provided, we understand you may wish to use your own- never use polyvinyl plastic bags as they contain sulphur compounds, which will cause sterling silver tarnish faster.

Stainless steel jewellery is made of a steel alloy that contains chromium. The good thing about
stainless steel is that it does not corrode or rust. Although it is also very durable, this type of steel
can get scratched and stained. This is why you should follow some simple rules to keep your
stainless steel jewellery in good condition.


- Cleaning Stainless Steel Jewellery

1. Pour some warm water in a small bowl, and add some mild dishwashing soap.
2. Dip a soft, lint-free cloth in the soapy water, and then gently wipe the stainless steel jewellery
with the damp cloth until the piece is clean. When cleaning it, rub the item along its polish lines.
3. Wipe the remaining soap off your jewellery using a moist cloth dipped in clean water.
4. Dry the jewellery well with a clean towel, and then leave your pieces to air dry.
After your stainless steel jewellery is clean, you can use a jewellery polish or a polishing cloth to shine it.



Maintaining and Storing Stainless Steel Jewellery

You should wear and store your pieces in a way that minimizes any contact with other items that
can damage your stainless steel jewellery.
Store your stainless steel pieces separately from jewellery made of other metals. It is best if you
keep your stainless steel items in individual bags or pouches.

Costume Jewelry is eye-catching, pretty and very popular. It can last for years if proper care is
given to it. With that said, learning how to preserve your costume jewellery is one of the keys to
keeping them beautiful. Let's explore some useful tips for preserving your beloved costume

1. Keep your jewellery dry!
Do not do dishes, bathe, do laundry or even go swimming with your costume jewellery. Why?
Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that will change the colour of your fashion
jewellery when they come into contact with it. The chlorinated water in a swimming pool can
react with the metals in your fashion/costume jewellery causing your bracelet/bangle, necklace
and earrings (earring hooks in particular) to change colour or begin to rust.


2. DO NOT use jewellery cleaner of Fashion jewellery pieces.
Jewellery cleaners made for authentic silver, gold or platinum jewellery pieces are way too
harsh for fashion/costume jewellery. This is because fashion jewellery is usually plated with (not
made out of) these precious metals. The harsh chemical in your jewellery cleaner will therefore
further ruin your beloved fashion piece.


3. Let your jewellery be the first thing you take off and the last thing you put on.
What does this mean? This means that your jewellery should be put on after you've put on all of
your clothing, lotions and perfume and removed first when taking off your clothes. Doing this
will ensure that your jewellery does not come into contact with your lotion/cream and perfume
which can also contribute to tarnishing or a change in the colour of your costume piece.
As women, we love to put perfumes behind our ears, on our necks or on our hands where our
pulse points are. Ensuring that our jewellery (earrings, necklaces, bracelets) goes on after
perfumed /lotioned up is a very key component in preserving our pieces and keeping them
tarnish-free. (The rule goes for makeup & hairspray as well.)

Removing your jewellery before you take your clothes off is also important. Imagine your
necklace or earring getting caught in your shirt or dress when taking it off and that favoured
piece of jewellery breaking. This can be avoided. Remove all jewellery before taking your
clothes off.