When purchasing jewellery or a item made from precious metal there are several things to take into consideration especially when cleaning and maintaining the works original appearance.
For the most part items with a shiny polished finish will only need a quick going over every once in a while with cotton wool or a soft polishing cloth. If cleaned regularly this will be more than sufficient to bring the piece back to its original sparkle and shine.
If you have a piece that requires cleaning and has a mixture of different finished surfaces, for instance matte and shiny, it is often best to use Whitening Powder and Cotton Wool or Silver Dip or Silver Foam.
Cotton Wool, Silvo & Whitening Powder:
Ideally pieces should be carefully cleaned using cotton wool. If a surface is shiny it is best to dab the impregnated cotton silvo from the tin onto the surface of piece. You should never rub or buff with the impregnated cotton silvo, as it will leave directional scratches that may alter the appearance and finish of your piece. For the best results wiping and buffing shiny surfaces should only really be done with soft cotton wool.
For matte surfaces whitening powder mixed with a drop of water should be gentle applied and gentle buffed off, again using cotton wool.
For the best results it is advised to rinse and wash the piece down with a soft cloth in warm soapy water (i.e. washing up liquid). Then submerge the piece into the silver dip solution for around 10 seconds or so, again wash and rinse, and dab dry using a fresh clean soft cloth and than buff any light water marks off with cotton wool.
This product is very clever and chemically similar to the silver dip and is perfect especially for matte items or areas on a piece with grubby finger print marks or tarnish blemishes. By simply cleaning the piece again in soapy warm water with a soft cloth and applying the foam like substance with its provided sponge, rinsing and again dab drying thoroughly, all types of the marks described will be lifted from the surface without a trace.
These cleaning products listed above will come with cleaning instructions, and the above information is our suggested process, but if you are in any doubt in what to do or feel that the information listed above contradicts the instructions on the cleaning product, please do not hesitate to contact us for further instruction.
Re-Finishing & Repairs:
For an item that you have had for a long time, or accidentally damaged through cleaning, using or wearing, it may be necessary to have the piece re-finished to bring it back to its original splendour and glory. Although there are many companies that can offer repair services, due to our inside knowledge of how each item is made and the exclusive nature of our products, it is advised that if the piece is a Benjamin James Ryan or a BJR designs product that all repairs and re-finishing are carried out in house.
Costs for this service will vary dependant on the amount of work involved and complexity in restoring or re-finishing a piece, but can usually be carried out for a reasonable fee.
Again if you have any doubts or queries about any of the information listed above please do not hesitate to contact us for further guidance or instruction.