As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store it in a fabric lined jewellery box taking care not to drop , bash or scratch. ALWAYS remove your jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, or even better , always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed.

Care of gold vermeil

Gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver, and requires a little care and attention. Always remove your gold vermeil jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed.

Never wear your gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine especially at high temperatures can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery.

Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth.

Care of sterling silver

As with most precious metals, sterling silver tarnishes. Having said this, it is less likely to happen as quickly if regularly worn. Clean your silver jewellery in warm soapy water, ensuring that it is rinsed thoroughly and dried before storing. Alternatively polish your silver jewellery with a soft cloth. Like gold, silver is susceptible to damage by chlorine and you should avoid wearing silver jewellery when using chlorine or bleach.

What is cubic zirconia (CZ)

Most famous for its colourless stones which closely resemble diamonds, it is one of the few gemstones to have similar fire and brilliance.

Zircon can be used to date rocks, as the crystals are extremely hard, resistant to chemical and physical change and survive in many types of rocks. Scientists are able to determine how much desay has taken place, estimate the age of the zircon and therefore the rock.

It can be distinguished from diamonds by it double refraction from wear around its facets. When impurities are present it produces yellow, orange, red, blue and brown gemstones. The name is derived from the Arabic zargum, derived in turn from the Persian zar for "gold" and gun for color.

Mined fro over 2000 years in gem gravels of Sri Lanka, Zircon was used as a gemstone in Greece and Italy as back as 6AD.

In the East it was considered an amulet for travelers, and believed that wearing Zircon endowed the wearer with wisdom, honor and riches. A loss of lustre was said to warn of danger.

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