Jewellery Care

Sourced across the world, and created using the finest mineral gemstones and valuable vintage metals, your Patricia's jewellery requires a little care and attention for it's greatest looking.

Air pollution, dirt and daily wear all conspire to ease the surface of precious metals. As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store it in a jewellery box, taking care not to drop, bash or scratch.

CARE TIPS

Always remove your jewellery when applying Alcohol based scent such as perfume, lotions and potions. Always allow jewellery to be your last step of getting dressed. Please note that chlorine is especially damaging to jewellery.

Make sure that you rinse off any chemicals that contact with your jewellery right away in order to avoid build up which can be difficult to clean after.

Store jewellery separately so that pieces do not tangle, rub or scratch against each other.

Gold


Containing no oxides, pure gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken with your gold jewellery. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal; for example, 14 carat gold tends to be more resistant to scratching than 18 carat gold. We recommend that you wear rings of a similar carat together, e.g. your wedding and engagement ring.

Cleaning

Gold should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint free cloth or even better a gold polishing cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking its best.

White Gold - White gold is achieved by combining pure gold with alloys such as silver and palladium. As the natural colour of white gold is a greyish colour, almost all white gold jewellery is plated with a metal called Rhodium which is used to brighten its colour. Rhodium is very white and very hard but it may wear eventually.

Yellow Gold - Pure gold is a metallic yellow; alloys such as copper and silver are used as the principal metals used for gold alloy.

Rose Gold - Rose gold is the result of varying the proportions of copper and silver in the alloy, resulting in a beautiful pinkish hue. We use a bespoke alloy for our rose gold to create a universally flattering hue.

Gold Vermeil (Like Patricia's Jewellery)

Quite simply, gold vermeil is a layer of gold over sterling silver. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 8 carat and at least 1.5 microns thick.

Never wear your gold vermeil jewellery in the shower or when swimming. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolour your gold vermeil jewellery.

Cleaning

Gently clean your gold vermeil jewellery with a soft polishing cloth or even a silver polishing cloth. Gold vermeil will fade with time.