When your jewellery is not being worn, store it in its box. Please avoid getting your jewellery wet, spraying cosmetic products directly onto it and leaving it out in direct sunlight. My work is made from a range of different materials and it is worth being aware of these and their care requirements so that your jewellery remains in the best condition possible.
Wood is finished with a protective layer of oil. If it does get wet, allow it to dry and reseal it with a thin layer of bees/furniture wax applied with a soft cloth.
Laminate is a hardwearing material, however, care needs to be taken to avoid chipping and scratching. It can be wiped down with a damp cloth or a rubber can be used to remove some surface marks. The colour doesn't fade.
For polished pieces silver dip or a silver cloth can be used to return the shine. To restore a matt finish gently rub the surface with a green scourer in a circular motion.
Do not use silver dip. To restore a polished finish, carefully use a silver cloth and rub gently until shiny. For a matt finish rub with a scourer taking care of the other materials around it.
Oxidised silver has been treated with a chemical solution to give a dark grey/black finish. This does wear away over time, particularly in exposed areas which adds to the character of the piece. Do not place oxidised silver items in a silver dip or use a silver cloth as this will remove the oxidisation.
Many joints and connections between wood and silver are reinforced with epoxy glue which forms a strong bond. If something does break, a glue like Araldite or Devcon can be used to repair the connection.