Caring For Your Jewellery

Caring for your Curved Rose Jewellery

All of our jewellery is designed in sterling silver. It’s precious so it does need to be looked after and will require a little TLC so that you can continue to wear it in years to come.

We are not trying to be bossy, but we love our jewellery and want you to love and enjoy wearing it as much as we do, reading and following our simple care guide should mean that you will.

Wearing Your Jewellery

We all love our jewellery and would like to wear it day and night but remember not all jewellery is meant for everyday wear. Some pieces are more delicate and to keep them looking special they should only be worn occasionally. As a rule, heavy, chunky plain silver things are designed for more frequent wear and finer silver, vermeil, sparkly or pearl pieces should be kept more for occasional wear.

Always remember that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.

What most of us don’t realise is that silver can discolour and tarnish when it comes into contact with anything chemical. Similarly many stones don’t like too much heat, sunlight or being knocked sharply. Don’t worry though, all you need to do is follow our simple rules and your jewellery will stay looking great.

  • Bathe yourself not your jewellery! Please take it off for bath and shower times.
  • Swimming is very good for you, but not your jewellery! Take it off before diving in.
  • We all love our beds, but our jewellery doesn’t. Put it back in it’s box before your head hits the pillow.
  • For us looking good and smelling good often involves lots of lotions and potions, but jewellery prefers to be left au naturel! Don’t wear your jewellery when beautifying yourself.
  • None of us like doing housework, but our jewellery is positively allergic to it! Take it off before you spring clean.
  • Sports and gardening might be fun for us, but they need to remain a spectator sport for our jewellery! Leave your jewellery on the sidelines before you do anything too energetic that may cause undue bumps and scratches.

Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to break these rules! Your jewellery will definitely not thank you for doing so as it will loose its sparkle and gorgeous silver colour.

Storing Your Jewellery

This may sound like common sense, but so many of us are careful when we are wearing it, but not when we take it off, so just remember: 

  • Always store your jewellery individually, ideally in it’s box, a soft material pouch or a box lined with acid free tissue paper.
  • Always fasten chains so that they don’t become tangled.
  • Keep your silver jewellery in a dark, cool, dry place.

Cleaning Your Jewellery

Many of us never do this or we use the wrong things when we do, so here are a few tips:

  • Use a silver polish cloth to clean your polished jewellery. (We don’t recommend using silver dip as it contains very strong chemicals).
  • Use a clean pencil eraser to softly rub over and clean any matt or textured jewellery.
  • Use an old soft toothbrush and lukewarm soapy water to clean behind any stones and to bring back their beautiful sparkle. (Don’t forget to rinse and dry though.)

It is important to clean, but always remember prevention is better than the cure! If you stick to the simple rules in our care guide your jewellery will stay looking gorgeous and will just require an occasional wipe over with a silver cloth. Lecture over, we promise!

Curved Rose Jewellery – The Technical Stuff!

Sterling Silver – This is the internationally recognised purity level for silver and means that it is 92.5% pure silver. The remaining 7.5% is made up of silver alloys used to make it more durable. All of our jewellery is Sterling Silver. Silver jewellery is required by law to be hallmarked at an assay office if it is over a certain weight. At Curved Rose we use the Edinburgh Assay Office and on pieces that are the required weight, you will see the tiny castle symbol to show this, along with our punch mark (JBM) and the 925 mark to denote silver.

Rhodium - At Curved Rose many of our pieces are rhodium finished, we do this to help minimize the effects of tarnishing. Rhodium is a metal in the same family as platinum and it is commonly used to give white gold it’s white colour and to keep silver looking good. It is a slightly darker metal than silver and gives the jewellery the appearance of white gold. This difference can be seen more noticeably in matt pieces.

Matt – Many of our silver pieces are in a matt or satin finish, which gives a gorgeous, contemporary feel and allows stones to stand out and sparkle more. A matt finish is basically achieved by scratching the surface layer of the silver to dull the shine. Over time though rings and bracelets especially will naturally shine up again. Don’t worry, this is normal, the finish can never be permanent because wearing the item we will naturally touch and brush against things that will smooth the surface of the silver again. You can easily bring back the matt finish by brushing it with a small piece of matting cloth.

Vermeil – Vermeil is sterling silver that is plated with either yellow gold or rose gold. It means that you can have the gorgeous look of gold, but without the matching price tag. In time the gold finish will naturally wear off, but you can have it re finished easily. Ask a local jeweller if they can provide this service for you. Vermeil jewellery should be worn only for special occasions and looked after carefully to keep it looking it’s best.

Cubic Zirconium – This is a beautiful, clear synthetic stone that is often used in place of a diamond in silver jewellery. Like a diamond it is a very hard stone and has a very high refractive index, which essentially means it sparkles really brightly. It can also be coloured to achieve stunning, vivid colours that catch the light beautifully.

Marcasite – Marcasite has been used in jewellery since the times of Ancient Greece and remains ever popular today. It is tiny pieces of carved pyrite or sometimes steel used to add lustre and sparkle to silver jewellery.

Cabochon – This term refers to a cut of gemstone, usually an opaque stone, not transparent. The stone is smoothed and polished, rather than adding facets to make it shine.

Pave Set – this French term refers to the very close setting on tiny stones so that the piece appears to be paved with stones.

Curved Rose
Specialising in contemporary jewellery in larger sizes for the modern curved woman.