How to care for your textile jewellery
Many factors can influence the wear and tear of textile jewellery. Here are some important tips to help you keep your jewellery looking its best so that you can enjoy wearing it for years.
Remove jewelry prior to washing hands, swimming, showering, using cleaning products, etc.
You are strongly advised to store your African Baroque jewelry away from direct light, variations in temperature and smoke. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause textiles to fade and lose their colour.
Always store your jewellery pieces individually so that they don’t rub together, scratch or tangle. Particular care should be taken with glass pearls to ensure that they do not knock against one another when stored.
If the fabric frays or unravels slightly, trim the thread closely, then apply a drop of clear nail polish. Do not use glue.
Always remember that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off when dressing. Your jewellery is particularly susceptible to damage from the effects of chemicals present in perfume, hairspray, make-up, nail polish remover, body oils, sun tan lotion and deodorant.
Handle with care. You should take the same care of your textile jewellery as you would your favourite piece of clothing. If fabrics get marked it can be very gently washed or dipped in warm soapy water and allowed to air-dry. Small stains and spots can be removed by dabbing the area with a damp cloth or baby wipe, for larger marks the pieces can be dry cleaned. Do not swim shower or bath while wearing jewellery.