We want your Dixi newels to live a long and happy life, so it's important that you do your bit to take good care of them. Make sure to have a browse of our jewellery care guide of our tried and tested tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Dixi pieces!
+ Put your jewellery on LAST thing in the morning and take your jewellery off FIRST at night.
+ Store your jewels in an airtight container / zip lock pouch.
+ Regularly polish your jewels with a clean, dry microfibre cloth.
+ Save your luxury pieces for occasional wear.
+ Do not let your jewellery come into contact with hand sanitiser (this will damage any antiqued details as well as wear at the adhesive used to set stones into place)
+ Handle delicate necklace / bracelet chains with care and don't pull at them.
+ Don't let your jewellery come into contact with moisture, cosmetics, perfumes, cleaning chemicals or any other liquids. If it does, thoroughly dry the item immediately.
+ Don't wear your jewels when doing strenuous work or sports.
+ Don't store your jewellery in the bathroom or in direct sunlight.
For best care of your jewels, ensure you remove your jewellery for tasks that may mean your hands are:
+ In contact with water and/or other substances, such as cleaning, swimming and bathing (we would also recommend this with sterling silver as many of our pieces contain natural stones and/or antiqued detailing to set the features off and we'd hate for you to damage these).
+ During sports activities
+ When going to bed
+ When opening tough bottles or jars
+ When lifting anything heavy, or when you are going to be doing strenuous work with your hands.
These may seem like some strange recommendations, but with our years of experience we cannot emphasise enough how much your jewellery will appreciate the extra care and attention! Sterling silver is a 'soft' metal and retains a level of malleability (it's 92.5% pure silver) so can become misshapen or damaged if not properly cared for when worn.
But why do I need to be so careful with my jewellery?
The metals we use in our jewellery are designed to be very durable, but like many expensive and luxury products, they still need care and maintenance. Contact with moisture, cleaning chemicals, and/or other lotions/perfumes can easily damage them and compromise their integrity.
Sterling silver can also oxidise or 'tarnish' over time - this is not a manufacturing fault, but a by-product of its exposure to gases in the air, as well as moisture. But don't panic. That beautiful sterling silver shine can be restored with a silver cloth and some regular maintanence.
We love antiquing many of our pieces to set off the delicate detailing so also take care to keep cleaning substances and jewellery cleaning dips away from these areas.
Cleaning your Jewellery
Your basic cleaning kit should include a microfibre cloth.
Keep it aside just for your jewellery, and don't spray it with any cleaning products. A regular buff with a basic, clean and dry microfibre cloth will do wonders for your silver jewellery!
Silver cleaning cloths
Cleaning cloths with an active cleaning ingredient embedded into the fibres can be an accessible, inexpensive option for restoring the shine of your jewellery every now and again. They can however be abrasive, so care should be taken when using these products or you can scratch the surface of the silver. Take your time and be gentle.
We recommend: Goddard's Long Term Silver Polish Cloth. You'll be able to find this in the cleaning aisle of Tesco or Sainsbury's.
We do not recommend these for products with stones or antiqued detailing (e.g. the black areas of detailed rings like our Silvestre or Selene series) as the dip will strip these areas and irreparably change the look of the jewellery. The cleaning product can also get stuck around the edges of stones and in the more delicate detailed areas and be incredibly difficult to remove. Save jewellery dips for your plain silver pieces!