Jewellery Care & Cleaning
All jewellery, handmade or otherwise, can be delicate and requires special care to keep it looking fresh. While North Faun is proud to provide solidly constructed pieces meant to last a lifetime, any piece of jewellery can be damaged with improper care or by accident.
Remove your jewellery before physical activity or sleeping. Be it running, gardening, or moving furniture, your jewellery can be bumped or snagged during physical activities and during sleep. Chains can break, gemstones can be damaged or lost, and metal can be dented or scratched.
Remove your jewellery before showering, swimming, or other wet activities, including washing hands when it comes to rings. Minerals or harsh chemicals (such as chlorine) in the water can dull, discolour, and degrade your metal or gemstones. Avoid submerging your jewellery in liquids, particularly that which has fully backed stones, to avoid the possibility of water working its way and settling beneath the stone.
Remove your jewellery before a day in the sun. Both natural and keepsake gems can fade, darken, or otherwise discolour with exposure to sunlight over time. Sapphires, rubies, amethyst, citrine, topaz, and keepsake gems are particularly susceptible to this.
Avoid exposing your jewellery to sudden temperature changes, harsh chemicals, lotions or perfumes, bumps, scratches and drops. Gemstones can become dull or discoloured, crack or chip, and metals can become marred.
When not being worn, clean your jewellery gently to remove any oils or debris and store individually in a plastic zippered bag to avoid unwanted oxidization ("tarnish") or being scratched against other pieces of jewellery.
Clean your jewellery carefully. A polishing cloth can be used on gold or silver jewellery to restore it's shine and remove any unwanted oxidization. Please note that if your jewellery has purposefully been oxidized, a polishing cloth will remove this as well. You can clean your jewellery with a very mild clear soap and room temperature water. Please do not use any types of "dips" or liquid/cream cleaning solutions on your North Faun jewellery.
Check your jewellery carefully before and after wearing. Make sure that it is clean and that any stones remain tight.
Precious metals, including silver and lower karat solid gold, can oxidize or "tarnish". Oxidization is a reaction between the metals and moisture and sulfur in the air and will temporarily darken the metal. Tarnish is not harmful nor is it permanent - it's a natural occurrence and can easily be cleaned off with a polishing cloth and kept at bay by storing your clean, dry jewellery in an airtight bag when not being worn.