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General care

O’Dwyer jewellery is made to an exceptionally high standard, but all jewellery meets wear and tear in everyday life and through use. This is even more true for the jewellery you wear every day. Below are some general recommendations for your jewellery care.

Please do not wear your jewellery when gardening, when you wash, work, clean or do manual work. This helps to avoid unnecessary wear and strong chemicals can damage your jewellery.

We recommend that you take off your jewellery when you are swimming or if you are on the beach. Neither gold (nor any other metal) can withstand salt or chlorinated water particularly well.

Be careful about your jewellery. Diamonds are one of the hardest stones in the world, but they can still be damaged if they get hit with enough force at the wrong angle. Many other gemstones such as tourmaline, tanzanite, emerald, amethyst, peridot, opal and pearls are delicate and can be easily scratched. If you accidentally hit your diamond or pull your gemstone on a rough surface, check it for damage and it still sits securely in its frame. You are of course welcome to contact us for advice.

We recommend this simple rule for jewellery – “last on, first off”. Then you avoid your jewelry being affected by perfumes, deodorants, hairspray, solvents and body lotions. Check your jewellery every time you wear it or weekly for the jewelry you wear daily. Make sure there is no damage to the stones, that the frames are secure and that they cannot get stuck in fabrics or clothing.

Some gemstones, such as emeralds, may need extra care, these dry out and may need oiling every few years. Please contact us for more information. White gold jewelry is often electroplated with a white precious metal called rhodium. This gives the jewellery extra luster but it can diminish through daily wear. The plating can be renewed in our workshop if you wish. Please contact us for more information.

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