Caring for your handmade pieces
Hope and Light jewellery and accessories are crafted by talented women across Asia! Every piece is unique and made by hand. Wondering how to care for your handmade pieces?
We've put together tips to help you care for your beautiful pieces.
To preserve the beauty of your jewellery here are some tips.
- Remove jewellery before showering, swimming, or exercising, and avoid storing it in the bathroom.
- Remove jewellery before applying hairspray or perfume, or working with household cleaners. Soap and lotion usually won't harm gold or silver, but can cause a film residue to form, making them appear dull.
- Wipe pieces down with a soft cloth and store in a sealed bag with an anti-tarnish strip.
For all Hope and Light product care and cleaning recommendations, please test a small portion of your piece first before treating the entire piece.
Gold or Silver Plated Jewellery
Metal is particularly reactive in moist or wet conditions. The best way to store your plated pieces is to wrap them in soft fabric and store in an airtight container with a tarnish strip. Keep all of your pieces separate from one another to prevent scratching.
Take off jewellery before applying perfumes, hairsprays, lotions or make-up. Avoid contact with household cleaning products. Soap and lotion usually won't harm gold or silver, but can cause a film residue to form, making them appear dull.
To clean your gold or silver plated jewellery at home, use a non-abrasive jewellery cleanser that is safe for plated pieces or mild soap and water. Use a soft cloth to carefully clean the item. After cleaning, rinse with lukewarm water and allow it to dry completely.
Buffing your plated jewellery with a soft cloth is an effective and inexpensive way to keep your pieces lustrous.
Note: Do not use a jewellery polishing cloth, as this can damage the finish of your piece.
Natural brass will oxidise over time, turning a darker, more muted colour. To maintain a shiny, bright finish for as long as possible, store your brass in a sealed plastic bag with an anti-tarnish strip and keep it dry. Do not wear in the shower or store in a humid environment.
Take off jewellery before showering and before applying perfumes, hairsprays, lotions or make-up. Avoid contact with household cleaning products. These can speed up the tarnishing process.
To return brass to its original shine, make a paste of baking soda, water and lemon juice and gently rub it onto the piece with a soft cloth. Wash the mixture off using running water, then dry and buff with a clean cloth.
To spot clean unfinished leather, use a damp cloth or sponge to rub saddle soap into the leather and work soap into a light lather. Wipe away lather and allow to air dry. Then, oil leather with a leather preservative such as mink oil.
All woven items are delicate and can snag, tear or stain. Please handle all items with care.
DO NOT machine wash these pieces. In general, you should gently hand wash the piece in cool, soapy water using a mild detergent or baby shampoo. Carefully swirl the woven piece around in the water – never wring, twist or pull on the wet item. To dry, carefully lay the item out flat on a towel and blot to remove excess water, being careful not to stretch.