Jewellery care instructions:
Please follow these steps to ensure your Meriko London jewellery lasts a lifetime.
Gold/Rhodium plated care:
Our pieces are solid silver with double layer of 18 carat gold, rose gold or rhodium plated finish. This process is achieved by microns of gold or rhodium being fused to the surface of the silver. Gold or rhodium plating can last a long period of time if looked after correctly.
Unlike solid gold, you should not wear gold/rhodium plated jewellery when swimming or bathing. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold/rhodium plated jewellery. Always remove jewellery before applying creams or lotions, and allow perfumes, hairsprays and other everyday chemicals to dry before putting on your gold plated jewellery. Gently clean your gold/rhodium plated jewellery with a soft polishing cloth.
If you do use gold/rhodium plated jewellery every day, the gold plating may wear with time, but you can simply have your jewellery re-plated. We do not offer re-plating services.
As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store in a jewellery box, taking care not to drop, or scratch.
Don’t forget to remove your rings when washing up or showering, as soap particles may become lodged in stone settings and crevices. Soaps can also leave a film over stones, creating a dull appearance. Avoid exposure to hot water and/or harsh chemicals and acids (such as household chemicals, perfumes, or hairsprays) as these may erode the finish or cause discolouration. Semi precious gemstones are sometimes treated to enhance their natural beauty.
Gemstones are graded on a hardness scale of 1-10 and particular care should be taken with them, especially if they fall into a softer grade, to ensure that they are not knocked or banged when worn, and care should also be taken to ensure they don’t knock against one another when stored. To avoid damage, keep your gemstone jewellery in separate pouches, and fasten all chains and catches before storing flat. We do not offer a service to repair stones, and can only replace them depending on availability.
Pearls are particularly susceptible to damage from chemicals such as make-up and hair spray, so your pearl jewellery should generally be the last thing you put on when getting dressed, and the first thing you take off when undressing. Pearls are often treated to enhance their natural beauty. Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water, or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away. Pearls must never be put in an ultrasonic cleaning machine, or be cleaned with ammonia or harsh detergents. Don’t store your pearls with other jewellery because they can easily be scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them – store them in the cloth pouch that they originally came in and find a special section in your jewellery box for them.