COLOUR AND SIZE VARIATIONS
Be aware that our handmade collections may have slight variations, which will make your piece Unique. We do our best to match the products with the original product’s photos and to give a full description of the items. We strongly recommend reading each product’s description for sizes, colours, material and design before you go ahead with the purchase, so you can be sure you are happy with what you are buying. We will be delighted to answer all your questions before your purchases, please use the contact form for helps.
Care instructions for other materials used, will be enclosed within the delivery.
- To clean the Jewellery after wearing for long periods, use a soft clean cloth or tissue to prevent scratches to the surface.
- Avoid submerging the Jewellery in water or liquid chemicals such as soaps and cleaning products to prevent damage to the metal surface.
- To preserve the original finish of the Jewellery we recommend polishing the metal surface using a silver cloth unless it has been treated using a special oxidised process where polishes should be avoided.
- Paper Jewellery are crafted using fine luxury papers, while it can withstand water droplets it is not fully waterproof and can be damaged if submerged. Should it require cleaning then a soft eraser is advised to avoid tearing the paper.
- Avoid hard contact or knocks to prevent damages such as scratches, dents and chips on the Jewellery.
- Always store your jewellery individually in the packaging it came in or a jewellery box, to avoid tangled chains or tarnishing.
Special Finishes Explained
Gold plating (Gold vermeil): Some of our jewellery pieces are sterling silver with a gold plated finish. This process is achieved by microns of gold being fused to the surface of the silver. Gold plating is a surface finish so it can be susceptible to wear, but if looked after correctly signs of wearing should only occur over a long period of time. Avoid wearing gold plated jewellery when swimming or bathing, and remove rings before applying hand cream as the acids in moisturisers can affect the longevity of the plating. Perfumes can also affect gold plated necklaces; so allow your perfume to dry before putting on gold plated jewellery. Gold plating is available via the service of Li-Chu Wu Jewelllery for already plated pieces or silver items you might wish to plate.
Rhodium plating: Some of our precious white gold pieces are rhodium plated to give a brighter white or darker blackened finish to the metal. This is a surface finish so it can be susceptible to wear. Like gold plating avoid wearing rhodium-plated jewellery when swimming, washing or during ‘hands-on’ tasks. Jewellery can be re-rhodium plated via the service of Li-Chu Wu Jewellery.
Matt and polished finishes: When a piece of jewellery has a matt finish – a smooth, non-shiny surface – you may find over time the surface starts to become polished. Similarly, polished rings will take on subtle surface marks with wear, and their appearance will dull slightly. If this happens, both finishes are easy to achieve, and we are able to re-finish items for you in our workshop.
CLEANING YOUR JEWELLERY AT HOME
Tarnish: Silver can tarnish (turn dull or grey) over time if unworn or stored against other items of jewellery. Tarnish can be removed with a non-abrasive silver polishing cloth or liquid silver dip. Both are available from Supermarkets and/or shoe repair shops. We’d recommend that silver dip is only used occasionally as over-use can be detrimental to your jewellery. Full instructions for use will be given on the packaging.
Sparkle: To get your jewellery sparkling again (with the exception of paper jewellery, opals, pearls and emeralds, as these are porous) leave to soak for a short time in a bowl of warm water with a mild liquid detergent. Then, using a soft bristle toothbrush gently clean over the surface and in and behind any stone settings. Avoid harder bristled brushes or new toothbrushes as these can leave scratches on the surface of the metal. Rinse the piece under running water and use a soft cloth to dry the piece. Be careful if the diamonds are in claw-settings as these may catch on certain cloths.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREALS & GEMSTONES
- Pearls: Avoid wearing pearl jewellery when bathing; allow all creams to soak in and perfumes to dry before putting on any pearl jewellery. When you remove your pearl jewellery, wipe it over with a lint-free cloth to remove any surface dirt and gently polish the pearls. Pearls can be cleaned using a very mild detergent and water solution, and a soft cloth. Avoid chemicals or strong soapy cleaners and abrasive cloths and do not leave the pearls to soak. When clean, allow your pearls to air dry.
- Emerald: Cannot be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner, due to its brittle nature. At home, use a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Opal: Cannot be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner, as opals are soft porous stones which can crack under extreme changes of heat or atmosphere. Use a dry or damp cloth to clean the surface of the stone.
- Peridot: Cannot be cleaned in ultrasonic cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Tanzanite: Cannot be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use warm, soapy water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Topaz: Cannot be cleaned using Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Garnet: Can be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Ruby: Can be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush with warm, soapy water. Ammonia-based cleaners are OK to use. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Sapphire: Can be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush with warm, soapy water, ammonia-based cleaners or rubbing alcohol. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Tourmaline: Can be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Diamond: Can be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Dry with a soft, clean cloth.
- Moonstone: Cannot be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a dry or damp cloth to clean the surface of the stone.
- Turquoise: Cannot be cleaned in Ultrasonic cleaner. Use a dry or damp cloth to clean the surface of the stone.