As investment pieces, our exquisite jewellery designs are often much-loved heirlooms, handed down the family line from one generation to another. But that doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t take care of your jewellery to ensure it stays as sparkling and as immaculate as the day you first purchased it. We recommend that your favourite items of jewellery are cleaned regularly and that you visit us in store to make use of our unbeatable promise of a free cleaning service for the entire lifetime of any piece of jewellery purchased from Berry's. A yearly inspection of your item of jewellery carried out by one of our experts in-house, will ensure that we can foresee any potential repair work needed, and detect any signs of damage before it becomes irreparable. To ensure that you are looking after your jewellery to the best of your ability, we have provided a few recommended guidelines for you to follow to ensure you know exactly how to look after your jewellery and prolong its beauty for years to come.
Reduce wear and tear:
It is important to keep your jewellery away from harsh chemicals likely to damage or discolour the surface of your jewellery like hair dye, makeup and perfume. Also, to remove jewellery like earrings, bracelet and necklaces when carrying out manual labour such as housework where cleaning products are also involved. Avoid handling pearls and gemstones too much, as the natural oils in your skin can dull the surface of the stone. Ensure that jewellery is temporarily removed before applying any cosmetics and beauty care products.
Clean your gemstones:
Use a non-metallic brush or a soft-bristled tool to remove the fine layer of oils that can build up on the surface of your gemstone jewellery through general wearing over time. Apply a mild ammonia and water solution or dish detergent to water and gently massage the stones clean with the brush. If using jewellery cleaner, this must be gentle and non-abrasive, especially when dealing with gemstones.
Care of Pearls:
Pearls are resilient and meant to be worn, but they are also delicate and require correct care. As organic gemstones, pearls are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. Avoid letting your pearls coming in to contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume. The lustre can also be harmed by perspiration. Make your pearls the last thing to put on after getting ready and the first things to remove at the end of the day. Wipe them gently with a soft cloth to remove any residues before returning to your jewellery box. It is also a good idea to wrap them in a silicone or other soft cloth to prevent damage from other jewellery. Pearl necklaces are stung on to silk which can stretch or loosen. Be careful not to dip pearls in water or wear while bathing, as water can weaken the silk thread. It is also best to avoid direct sunlight or high temperatures such as saunas. Even if you don’t wear your pearls often it is advisable to have them restrung yearly to prevent any possible breakages.
Taking care of precious metal:
Using a simple soap and water solution to clean metals will suffice in keeping your jewellery looking pristine all year through. Applying alcohol to plain metal designs can however, help to remove some of the more stubborn residue that can mount up on a piece of well-worn jewellery over time.
Store your jewellery correctly:
It is always wise to wrap your jewellery in tissue or cloth, storing them in a separate compartment inside a jewellery box to avoid potential damage.
Looking after your watch:
Do keep your watch dry as much as possible and stick to the recommended water- resistant guidelines to ensure water damage does not occur to your timepiece. Water resistant watches on leather straps should be kept out of water to preserve the strap. If salt water comes into contact with your watch, it is always a good idea to rinse the watch in clean water to ensure all the salt residue is removed. Wherever possible, never expose your watch to extreme temperature changes or excessive shock
Handle your watch correctly:
Wind automatic watches a total of thirty to forty times at the crown to guarantee optimum torque. Watch parts such as the crown, the case seal and other water resistant parts may need replacing every one to two years to ensure[n1] full water resistant capabilities. You should also ensure that the watch is kept away from hard surfaces to avoid scratching the sapphire crystal glass front and case backs (although offering a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale - this will only guarantee scratch “resistance’ as opposed to scratch 'proofing”).
Important: getting your watch serviced:
Servicing in accordance with the manufacturer's schedule will ensure optimum health for your wristwatch. Whether still in warranty or not, we still always recommended periodic servicing or your watch. Not only will a watch sometimes need re-sealing, but adding new oil may also be required. Over time the chemical make-up of the oil which works in conjunction with bearings made from jewels, will change. This means that the springs within the watch will not be powering the drive train properly. Adding new oil as part of a watch service will ensure that the crown winds smoothly without a “gritty” feel, whilst also enhancing accuracy and a better release of power from the spring coils. Quartz batteries are designed to last up to two years, and so a complete battery replacement is recommended after this period of time.