Jewellery Care – Ruth Tomlinson

Jewellery Care

Please note that each product is hand made by Ruth Tomlinson Ltd and therefore is unique. Slight variations in form and material are part of the unique character of the work. The purchaser is responsible for the care of the work, see care instructions below for specific collections.

Hoard, Lustre, Encrustations and Midas

Our fine jewellery collections are made using the lost wax casting process in 14ct and 18ct gold. As with all fine jewellery, stone settings should be checked occasionally. If there is movement please return to us to fix or approach a local jeweller. Utmost care has been taken to set stones securely however Ruth Tomlinson is not responsible for the loss of stones after purchase. Please note that due to the unique nature of most of our stones, we cannot guarantee an identical replacement for any lost stones, though we will endeavour to find as similar a match as possible. All matte and textured metals will eventually become shinier and display a natural polished effect with time and wear, this is part of the metal's character as it likes to be shiny. But we like the fact it will change and develop with you as it is worn.

Most of our jewels are designed for everyday wear. Diamonds, sapphires and rubies are all hard gemstones that do not scratch easily with wear. Clean regularly with a soft toothbrush, liquid soap and warm water to avoid any build up of dirt and keep the stones looking lustrous. Certain pieces in the 'Encrustations' and 'Midas' collections consist of materials such as pearls and softer gemstones (tourmalines, amethyst, citrine, turquoise) that will scratch with regular wear so care must be taken with these items and occasional wear is recommended. Clean occasionally, for the stones use a soft toothbrush with liquid soap. Please be careful when cleaning pearls as cleaning agents can destroy their lustre. Do not use an acid based cleaner.


Tips for General Jewellery Care

— Remove your jewellery before engaging in practical activities. This will ensure that your jewellery does not get accidentally damaged.
— Beauty products for skin and hair can react with precious stones and metals, causing your jewellery to tarnish, discolour and even possibly corrode. Please put your jewellery on last, after applying and cosmetics, scents and sprays.
— When storing your jewellery, we recommend doing so in airtight boxes or bags. Exposure to the environment can cause your silver jewellery to tarnish over time. Storing it sensibly will keep it looking newer for longer.
— Do not store your jewellery in damp or humid conditions as this causes tarnishing and a damp environment attracts dust to stick and settle in the hard-to-clean settings. 
— Take extra care when cleaning jewellery set with stones and pearls. If unsure about how to clean your jewellery please contact us directly.