Caring for your jewellery
If you are the new owner of a piece of Boodles jewellery, congratulations – you are embarking on the start of a long journey with us. If you are an existing customer, welcome back.
We predict you and your jewellery will have a long and happy life together but, like all relationships, a little routine maintenance goes a long way. Below are some guidelines on how to prolong the life of your Boodles jewellery, which explain how to protect, preserve and care for your new purchases.
Some of the guidelines relate to Boodles jewellery in general; others are specific to particular gemstones. Our jewellery is designed to last a lifetime and, by taking a few simple precautions, yours will soon become a family heirloom.
We recommend that you bring your jewellery to one of our boutiques once a year for a professional ultra-sonic clean and polish.
Whilst your jewellery is being cleaned, you can enjoy a glass of champagne, and we will ensure that the settings, clasps, chains and stones are secure.
We offer this service completely free of charge – simply drop into one of our stores with the jewellery and we will do the rest.
Storing your jewellery
Protect your jewellery from scratching, denting, chemicals, direct sunlight and excessive heat/cold by storing it appropriately.
Pieces of jewellery can become scratched when they come into contact with one another. Each piece should be stored individually, preventing tangles and reducing scratching and damage.
We recommend that you store your jewellery pieces individually in the Boodles case that you were given at the time of purchase.
Keep your jewellery somewhere dry, with low humidity. Damp, hot conditions may tarnish metals and damage pearls, watches and certain stones over a period of time.
Prolonging jewellery's life
Consider your daily activities when choosing your jewellery. We recommend that you remove your jewellery when gardening, playing sport or at the beach. Harsh chemicals may damage your pieces, therefore avoid wearing jewellery when swimming or cleaning.
Avoid contact with nail polish remover, perfume or hairspray. For this reason, jewellery should be the last thing on and the first thing off.
We advise cleaning your jewellery regularly with professional products, ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Once a year, get your jewellery professionally cleaned and checked at a Boodles shop.
Protecting your gem-set jewellery
Take care to protect your jewellery from impact against hard surfaces. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force and at the right angle. Gemstones such as amethyst, emerald, kunzite, opal, pearl, peridot, tanzanite and tourmaline are very delicate and easily abraded.
Before putting on your piece of jewellery, examine it for a moment.
Check that the stones are secure and don’t rattle; gently shake your piece of jewellery close to your ear.
Also check that the settings of the stones have not moved; gently rub your piece of jewellery against a thin cloth to ensure that claws are not catching.
Ensure that your gem-set Boodles jewellery is checked at least once a year in any of our shops.
Caring for gemstones
Gemstones are precious and they do require care and attention. Certain coloured stones, such as emeralds, can crack if they are allowed to become dry. For this reason, they should be re-oiled every two to three years.
For further advice on caring for your precious stones, please speak to one of our sales consultants.
Caring for your pearls
Pearls are relatively soft and can scratch easily, especially if stored with other jewellery. Avoid spraying perfume or other strong chemicals on to your pearls, and keep them away from direct heat.
When cleaning your pearls, refrain from using any strong detergents. Instead, keep them clean by wiping them with a dry, lint-free fabric. Keep your pearls in a soft pouch made of chamois, silk, leather or another non-abrasive material. Never store pearls in a plastic bag.
We recommend having your pearls restrung fairly regularly. This can be arranged through all of our shops.