Elytra in Silver/Gold - Care Instructions

  • Always treat your jewellery with care and store it safely when you're not wearing it, preferably in a box
  • Apply skin cream, makeup and perfume before putting on your jewellery.  Chemicals in these products could affect the surface finish
  • Take your jewellery off to go to sleep

Cleaning

General dirt including skin cream or makeup can be removed with warm soapy water and a cotton bud or tooth brush.  Rinse and then gently wipe with a dry cloth.

Tarnished silver

Over time bright, sterling silver will gradually tarnish as it reacts with oxygen in the air.  This process can be slowed if the jewellery is being worn regularly, although it can react differently on different people's skin.  You can help to prevent tarnishing by storing your jewellery in a box or a sealable bag.  However, if it becomes tarnished there are two ways to clean it.  

  • Larger silver parts can be rubbed with a silver cloth (sold at most supermarkets and hardware stores) taking care not to bend the piece out of shape.
  • For a deeper clean you can use silver dip (sold at most supermarkets and hardware stores).  Make sure you read the safety label first and wear protective gloves to avoid contact with skin so do.  Simply submerge the whole piece into the silver dip for about 30 seconds to a minute max (accidentally leaving it in the dip for longer could cause damage to the aluminium parts and affect the colour).  Rinse thoroughly under a tap and gently dry using a cloth.  

Oxidised Silver

If the silver in your jewellery is oxidised (blackened) then there is no need to clean it using a silver cloth or dip.  General dirt can be cleaned off as described above.  Over time the oxide will gradually wear to reveal the brighter silver beneath, mostly on the most raised parts.  The result is an attractive gun-metal finish.  Don't worry, the oxide does not rub off onto your skin or clothes.