Caring for Your Cremation Jewellery
Cremation Jewellery Care and Cleaning
- We inspect and check each piece of jewellery prior to it leaving for dispatch. Each pendant comes complete with a sealing kit, we recommend a 24 hour waiting period after placing the ashes into the pendant before it is worn. To maintain the bond the pendant should not be immersed in water.
Daily Care of Your Cremation Jewellery
- Do not submerge your cremation jewellery in liquids, as they could damage the seal.
- Be sure to remove your cremation jewellery before showering or bathing. Any lingering soap film will attract dirt, dust and other contaminants.
- Remove your cremation jewellery before performing strenuous tasks or exercise.
- Store each piece of jewellery in its own protective bag to avoid tangling or scratching.
- Consider a keepsake dome when you’re not wearing the pendant to create a beautiful, dignified memorial to your loved one while protecting your jewellery from damage.
- Each time you put on or remove your cremation jewellery, inspect it for signs of wear or damage. If you see a scratch or other problem, take the jewellery to a local jeweller for buffing or repairs.
- Avoid exposing your memorial jewellery to contaminants and harsh conditions, including
- extreme temperature.
- intense sunlight
- makeup and hairspray
Cleaning Your Cremation Jewellery
Cleaning your cremation jewellery after each wearing will help maintain its finish. Before you begin, inspect the jewellery to make sure there are no loose or damaged gemstones, cracked or broken links, or discolored or pitted metal. Catching these problems before you clean can help to prevent further damage. Then, in general…
- Gently wipe the jewellery using a jeweller’s cloth or other soft, 100% cotton cloth. NEVER use tissue or paper towels to clean your cremation jewellery, as they might scratch. Also, always use a fresh cloth, as grit remaining from a previous cleaning can also damage the surface.
- Never use bleach to clean your cremation jewellery; likewise, avoid swimming pools and hot tubs. Bleach is an oxidizing agent, which will harm the metal. The same goes for denatured alcohol, turpentine, acetone, and ammonia – any of these chemicals can dull or pit the surface of gemstones.
- You can use a commercial cleaner purchased from a jewellery store, but please remember to read the instructions carefully.
Keep in mind that some metals and gemstones require specialised care. For example:
- While appropriate polishing creams can be used to clean sterling silver, brass, pewter and 14k gold, they are NOT recommended for cleaning gold vermeil, as they might damage the finish. Instead, when cleaning gold vermeil, use a damp, soft cloth if necessary.
- Ultrasonic cleaners may be fine for the hardest gemstones, such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires, but they can harm other types of stones. Proceed only with caution.
- Amethysts and some other gems should not be exposed to sunlight for prolonged periods, as the sun can cause their color to pale.
- Organic gems like pearls, coral, and amber are soft and porous. Take special care to avoid exposing these gems to hairspray, cosmetics or perfume, and use only a moist cloth to wipe them clean.