Jewellery Guides

Be it the precious metals, the gemstones or the craftsmanship - understand the value of each component of your jewellery. Discover more about the pieces you love.

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Product Care

At Bill Hicks Jewellery Design we are able to professionally clean all your jewellery. We recommend an annual check and clean of your rings, especially for wear and tear on the settings to ensure its longevity. We recommend white gold rings to be re rhodium plated every 12 months to keep them looking their best. Platinum and other metals can be re polished to maintain their lustre. All polishing and cleaning services are undertaken here in the studio, please phone or email us to arrange this.

HOW TO CLEAN AND CARE FOR YOUR DIAMOND JEWELLERY

Diamonds may be the hardest substance known to man, but they can still be damaged or dulled. Fortunately, caring for your diamond jewellery is quite easy.

  • Don't jumble your diamond jewellery together or store it with other pieces, as diamonds can scratch other jewellery and each other. 

  • Keep your diamond jewellery in a fabric lined jewellery case or box with compartments or dividers, or wrap each piece in tissue paper before putting it away. 

  • Diamond jewellery should never be worn when doing heavy work or exercising in the gym. Points are vulnerable to chipping and even everyday activity can loosen a setting. 

  • A clean diamond reflects light better than one that has been dulled by household products such as hairspray, soap, cosmetics, moisturisers and even perspiration and pollution.

Alternatively you can make up your own cleaning solution. Mix a small amount of ammonia, with hot water and a few drops of mild liquid detergent in a small jar. Leave the jewellery in the solution for a few minutes, and then remove “dab” gently with a soft toothbrush. Return the article to the solution and leave for a few more minutes. Finally remove and rinse in hot water, making sure the plug is in the sink, and then dry with a soft lint-free cloth or a tissue.

Don't let your diamond jewellery come into contact with chlorine, bleach or other chemicals because they can pit or discolour the mounting.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR COLOURED STONE JEWELLERY

Coloured stones are not hard to clean yourself at home you just have to be extra careful as they don't possess the hardness of diamonds. Each type of stone has a different hardness and reacts differently to heat and liquids. Follow the above instructions for diamonds but with luke warm water (this does not apply to porous stones such as lapis, opal, turquoise, coral, pearls and jade which must not be soaked in water).

If you are in any doubt it is best to have them professionally clean by us, please feel free to call us and book a time to come in and we will do it on the spot for you.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR PEARL JEWELLERY

For strands of pearls we recommend re threading every couple of years to ensure they look their best as the silk thread can stretch with wear. Avoid spraying perfumes, deodorants and creams near your pearls as they can discolour and affect the appearance of the pearl skin. It is best to apply cosmetics before hand and allowing them to dry prior to putting your pearls on. A gentle wipe over with a soft dry cloth after every wear will keep them looking their best. Do not wear them in the ocean, shower or swimming pool. With pearl earrings we recommend you have the fittings checked for security occasionally. 

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