CARE & MAINTENANCE
HANDCRAFTED & UNIQUE
Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted, one-of-a-kind or limited in production, and therefore delicate and not easily replaceable. Please use appropriate care to enjoy the beauty and longevity of your jewellery. Cautious care will contribute to preserving the original elegance and may prevent the need for future repair and restoration. Maintaining your jewellery is the surefire way to ensure its life span. If you have any questions about caring for your handmade jewellery, please reach out via the contact form and a digital Care Booklet can be provided for your reference.
Please note, the majority of the collection can be cleaned with a polishing cloth. If your piece contains a blackened finish (aka patina), do not rub with a polishing cloth, as it will remove the finish.
USE & SAFEKEEPING
It is recommended that you take your jewellery off at night before you sleep. Avoid wearing your piece while doing house and garden work, cooking, swimming, bathing/showering, sports activities, and moving heavy objects.
Keep your jewellery in a secure location. Do not put heavy objects on top of jewellery items or next to them as this may cause damage to the form. The key to it's longevity is to keep it out of harms way. Metal and gemstones are fairly resilient, but it is best to avoid questionable circumstances.
On precious metals, like sterling silver, the metal may darken or tarnish with exposure to the elements, specifically oxygen and sulfur. Luckily, the best measure to prevent this is wearing your jewellery often. Usually, the oils in your skin help prevent tarnish, however, this will vary depending on your own body chemistry.
When storing your jewellery, use an airtight plastic bag to prevent tarnish while you are not wearing your jewellery. If your jewellery is tarnished, it is recommended to gently wipe the metal surface with a polishing cloth. Please do not dip any piece in jewellery cleaners or solutions, as it may cause corrosion and permanent damage. Be sure to thoroughly dry your silver jewellery after wear and before storing, as humidity is one of the main causes of tarnish. Please note that with time, a natural patina will develop on handcrafted surfaces. This is part of the natural beauty of precious metal jewellery.
Gemstones are natural products that have been excavated from the Earth. Impurities and variations in individual stones is normal. This is by no means a fault of the stone, but an exceptional characteristic of a natural product. In order to avoid scratched or chipped precious stones and pearls, please wear your jewellery with care and avoid knocking against hard surfaces or objects.
Pearls and precious stones risk losing their shine when exposed to lotions, perfume, detergents, etc. A good rule to keep in mind is 'everything else goes on before your jewellery'. Creams, make-up, hairspray, perfumes, etc. are to be applied first, before your jewellery. The chemicals can cause harm to the metals and gemstones that make up your jewellery. If your jewellery has gemstones (excluding pearls), clean by soaking in warm water and bio-degradable soap, then give a gentle scrub with a soft toothbrush.
Oxidizing is a finishing treatment that makes the precious metal surface appear grayish black. Oxidized jewellery used daily becomes polished in exposed areas, while grooves and dents are better protected. When caring for oxidized silver jewellery, avoid exposure to detergents, as they will destroy the surface. In addition, a polishing cloth is not needed, as it will remove the patina.
Brass may darken with wear, depending on body chemistry. If you don’t like the dark patina, try to avoid getting your brass jewellery wet and store in an airtight plastic baggie. Also, avoid touching brass unnecessarily, as the oils from your hands speed up the tarnishing process. To restore your piece you can use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste to polish.
WOOD & ACRYLIC
NAKIIT provides unique jewellery made with unconventional materials, such as wood and acrylic. These materials allow for lightweight, easily wearable jewellery. Items with wood contain a thin protective coating, however avoid getting your wood and acrylic jewellery wet.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
For any additional information caring for your NAKIIT jewellery, please send an email in the contact section and direct assistance will be provided.