TESSA PACKARD LONDON JEWELLERY
Tessa Packard London produces jewellery in 18ct gold, 9ct gold, silver, platinum, verdigris brass and gold vermeil. Decorative finishes include resin, enamel and of course the setting of gemstones.
GOLD VERMEIL JEWELLERY
Gold Vermeil or gold plating is a method of depositing a layer of gold onto the surface of silver through an electrochemical process. Unless otherwise stated, vermeil jewellery by Tessa Packard London is solid sterling silver covered with a layer 5 microns thick of 18ct gold.
Care should always be taken when cleaning gold plated jewellery to protect the layer of gold from being worn away or scratched. Please note that gold-plated jewellery can also tarnish or fade over time depending on wear and exposure to chemicals and cosmetics. We also recommend that all gold plated jewellery be removed when showering or swimming to keep it looking at its best.
Tessa Packard London uses vitreous enamel, which comes in a variety of bright, vibrant colours. The enamel is produced by applying a glass-like powder (usually made from mixture of quartz and various metal oxides) to a metal base, which is then fired at high temperatures to fuse the glass to the piece of jewellery.
Care should always be taken when wearing, storing and cleaning enamel jewellery. Due to its fragile nature, the enamel in jewellery may crack, chip or break if it is dropped onto or knocked against a hard surface, or the jewellery is bent or warped out of shape. We recommend that all our enamel jewellery pieces are stored in the protective pouches and boxes that are supplied by Tessa Packard London to reduce the risk of the enamel being knocked or damaged by other jewellery.
Although enamel is highly resistant to colour-fading caused by the sun and UV, the colour can alter or fade over time if exposed to chemicals and cosmetics. We also strongly recommend removing enamel jewellery before showering, carrying out household chores, or swimming, and applying any cosmetics or perfumes in advance of wearing any enamel pieces.
Standard chemical jewellery cleaning products should not be used on enamel jewellery, and such pieces should never be placed in an ultrasonic jewellery cleaner. Should you wish to clean your enamel jewellery we recommend using a soft bristled toothbrush with gentle soap in warm water. Rinse well and ensure jewellery is completely dry by using a soft cloth.
Verdigris finish is created by treating base metals – such as brass – with a copper-based solution. The solution is applied to the metal surface, and then sealed with a protective coat of lacquer to increase the durability of the green-blue finish.
The tone and texture of a verdigris piece can change over time. Certain environments or atmospheric conditions can cause these changes to happen more quickly than others. We strongly recommend that all verdigris jewellery is removed before washing hands, showering, carrying out household chores where the metal may come in contact with chemicals, and swimming. We also recommend applying cosmetics and perfume in advance of wearing verdigris jewellery.
STORING & LOOKING AFTER JEWELLERY
Store all jewellery in a clean, dry place away from direct sun exposure and other atmospheric elements. Do not store jewellery next to radiators, windowsills or in rooms with excess condensation, such as bathrooms or wet rooms. Damp and hot conditions can cause precious metals to discolour, tarnish and erode as well as damage gemstones. Silver in particular is susceptible to tarnishing; storing silver jewellery in individual, air-tight plastic bags can help reduce or prevent the effects of this.
Keep all jewellery in separate pouches, boxes or bags to prevent pieces rubbing and scratching against one another.
Store all beaded necklaces flat to prevent the thread or string stretching and becoming weak.
Skin and hair products such as body lotions, perfumes and creams can react adversely with jewellery causing precious metals to tarnish and/or erode. It is advisable to apply any cosmetic products in advance of putting on jewellery.
In order to minimise the chance of damage from knocks, scratches or sharp blows, it is advisable to remove all jewellery when partaking in any physical or labour intensive activities. For this same reason, it is also advisable not to wear jewellery when asleep at night.
Jewellery should not be worn in the shower or bath, or when bathing in a hot tub, pool or in the sea. Chemicals such as chlorine can damage, discolour or erode precious metals and gemstones.
Check jewellery regularly for signs of dirt, wear and tear.
Do not use abrasive cleaners on jewellery.
Gently rub gold or silver jewellery with a dry, clean, lint-free and soft cloth to maximise the metals’ lustre and shine. Do not press hard when polishing gold-filled or gold-plated jewellery as this may cause damage to the surface of the piece. Do not use rough paper towels or rough paper tissues to clean precious metals as they may also scratch the surface of the metal.
After each wear, it is recommended to wipe jewellery clean with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth to remove any make-up or natural skin oils.
Take extra care when cleaning jewellery containing gemstones or pearls as they are fragile and susceptible to damage.
Gold and gold-plated jewellery may be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. Pieces must be rinsed thoroughly and dried well after cleaning.
Silver jewellery may be polished using a specialist silver polish. It is advisable to consult a professional for advice on which product to use, and how best to use it, as commercial silver polishes can damage certain gem stones, such as pearls, lapis lazuli and turquoise.
Do not get string threaded pearl or beaded jewellery wet – water may cause the string thread to weaken and break.
After wearing, clean natural pearls with a soft, dry cloth and store in breathable fabric pouches or tissue.
Always contact a local jeweller if at all unsure how to clean a piece of jewellery. It is especially advisable to obtain professional cleaning advice when dealing with antique jewellery or jewellery containing gemstones or pearls.
REPAIRS AND RECONDITIONING SERVICE
Over time, due to natural wear and tear, items of jewellery may need to be professionally polished, repaired, re-plated, re-conditioned, or re-set. Tessa Packard London is happy to help with any reconditioning requests. Please email [email protected] for a quote.