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Tips For Working From Home

 

With most of us adjusting to our ‘new normal’ and working from home, we thought we would share some of our tips for making the transition a successful one.

As a family business with a small team, we all work remotely, many of us from home. It’s so incredibly easy to get distracted. The beep of the dishwasher begging to be unloaded, the unruly pile of paperwork eyeballing you from the kitchen table not to mention all that laundry that needs putting away! Here are some of the things that work for us….

Motivate Yourself

Getting out of your pyjamas and into something you feel good in makes a big difference. You can still be comfortable and stylish. Try leggings with an oversized denim shirt or jeans and a simple white tee. A little light makeup and of course some jewellery (view our range here)! A good spritz of your fave fragrance to finish your look.

Find Your Space

Find a space to work, just don’t fall into the trap of working from your bed, trust us it won’t make you productive! We like to light a candle and have a large glass of water nearby to make sure we keep hydrated as we work. Make your desk a happy place to be with reminders of things that make you smile (see our range of personalised desk items here).

Set A Timer

Set a timer on your phone for a break. Use this break to pop the kettle on, step outside to get some air or roll out your mat and stretch for 10 mins.

Take A Proper Lunch Break

Make sure you take a proper break to eat something nutritious to keep you going. Use this time to reconnect with family or friends. If the sun has its hat on get outside ( at a safe distance from others of course ) breathe in the spring air and feel your shoulders inch down♡

Other little tips are….

1. Keep a facial spritz on your makeshift desk- we love Mario Badescu they help keep you refreshed and awake and are particularly good for that afternoon slump!

2. Turn off your social media notifications whilst working, you will be surprised how a quick scroll eats into your work time, making your day longer than it should be.

Keep going guys, we are all in this together ♡

Your Lockdown Boredom Buster

Is lockdown boredom setting in? Here are our tips, recipes, podcast and Netflix recommendations to help keep you going…

 

 🎧 Podcasts we can’t get enough of…

In charge with DVF
Super soul conversations with Opera
Dolly Parton’s America
How to fail with Elizabeth Day
Call your girlfriend
Where should we begin? With Esther Perel
Love stories with Dolly Alderton

 📺 Netflix & On Demand shows that we’re loving…

The Split
The Sinner
This is Us
The Crown
Liar
House on haunted hill
Next in fashion
Homeland

📚Uplifting reads…

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simpson
How To Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto by Tom Hodgkinson

Never lose your page again with our Personalised magnetic Bookmarks, shop here

Super Healthy Fruity Almond Pancakes

Feeling hungry? Try this nutritious take on the classic American pancake, they make a great breakfast addition or as a snack to stop you reaching for that third biscuit!!

What you need:
1 mashed banana
Small handful of blueberries ( can also use raisins or choc chips if feeling like a treat )
25g ground flaxseed
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of almond butter
2 tablespoons of maple syrup ( or agave nectar if you prefer)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

To make:
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Stir together until smooth – no need to be delicate! By hand is fine or use a hand whisk if you have one.
Then give it a little taste – add more syrup if needed.
Heat a little coconut oil in the pan.
Pour the mixture into mini pancakes maybe 2 or 3 depending on the size of pan
Cook for 2/3 mins each side or until golden
Serve Immediately. We love them with a little maple syrup but you can add sliced banana or a dollop of Greek yoghurt if you prefer. One of our team adds Nutella! Enjoy.

 

Lockdown Style

We love these comfy co-ords for staying stylish at home. We are adding some of our Huggies (shop earrings here) to finish our ‘on the sofa chic’!  ♡

Managing Anxiety & Your Mental Health During Coronavirus

All around us we are reminded about the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) leading to us feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Alongside this we are also experiencing lots of new stresses like fanatical worries, caring for high-risk people, working from home, homeschooling children and feeling isolated. During these uncertain times, it’s important to focus on your mental wellbeing, use our guide to help you find ways to say positive and to get some anxiety-busting strategies in place.

 

Focus on the things you can control

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Try to focus on the things you can control and try let go of the things you can’t

Things to Focus on:
  • Being positive
  • Your own social distancing
  • Limiting news and negative social media
  • Kindness
  • Fun activities you can do at home
  • Having extra time to start new hobbies
  • Self-care
Things you can’t control – try to put these out of your mind:
  • Whether others are following the rules of lockdown and social distancing
  • Predicting what will happen next, just focus on today and don’t think too far ahead.
  • The number of supplies in the shops
  • How long this will last
  • How other people are reacting

 

Ways to look after your Mental Health during Lockdown

1. Have a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at a similar time each day. Write out a timetable and split your day into chunks. This can help you feel in control and make you find time for the things that are important.

2. Print out our Self-Care Tick List, so you have things to aim for each day.

3. Dress for the life you want not the life you have. Put on and an outfit you feel good (& comfortable!) in, treat yourself to a facial or manicure, try a new makeup look and put on your favourite jewellery (view our fabulous range here). How you look can really lift your mood.

4. Go outside. During lockdown, you are allowed out once a day for exercise. Make the most of this time and try to do it everyday, even if it’s raining! Choose places and a time of day that will be quiet and remain a safe distance from everyone else. Exercise increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

5. Have a kitchen Disco. Put on your favourite song and dance like no-one is watching. Music releases dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain.

6. Remind yourself that lockdown is temporary.  Although this is a difficult time, it will end and we will return to doing all the things we enjoyed before.

7. Connect with others everyday. FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, phone calls and texting are so important to support yourself and those around you. Don’t forget to set up virtual playdates for your children too.

8.  Choose a new skill or a topic you’ve always been interested in to learn more about. Try to find something that will make you feel busy and distracted. Research has found self-improvement helps you feel in control of your life.

9. Get creative. Nurture your emotional brain with art – find something you enjoy – sculpting, drawing, dancing, music, singing, anything!

10. Find a reason to smile. Watch cat videos, your favourite comedian to a stand-up show or a silly movie. Laughter really is the best medicine – it strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.

 

Take a moment

Try our three quick wellness fixes:

Got one minute?

Focus on breathing…

  • Inhale while you count to two
  • Exhale while you count to two
  • Inhale while you count to two
  • Exhale while you count to three
  • Inhale while you count to two
  • Exhale while you count to four
  • Inhale while you count to two
  • Exhale while you count to five

Repeat four times and then return to your normal breathing.

How this helps: Increasing oxygen to your brain helps you feel more alert and focussed.

Got five minutes?

Try our mindfulness exercise

  • Find a window where there are things to see outside
  • Look at everything. Try not to label things, so instead of thinking ‘flower’, focus on colours, textures and patterns
  • Pay attention to movement – are the grass or leaves swaying in the wind?
  • Look for all the different shapes you can see and focus on these
  • If you get distracted start to focus on a colour or shape again.

How this helps: using your senses to be ‘in the moment’ helps to calm down any anxiety

Got 10 minutes?

Start a journal

  • Write down all the good things you are doing and how well you are doing them
  • Write down three things you are grateful for

Try to do this each day.

How this helps: Anxiety can come from a lack of confidence in your own abilities so reminding yourself of all the things you’ve achieved, no matter how small will help

 

 

Further help:

If you have concerns about your mental health please contact your GP

For information from the NHS on dealing with anxiety click here

For information from Mind, the mental Health Charity, click here

To read our Social Distancing Survival Guide click here

Inscripture HQ Covid-19

Inscripture is a small family business with our Studio based at the bottom of our garden in Leigh on Sea, Essex (so we have literally been locked down at work)

Over the years our team has grown from just myself (Hayley) and my partner (Andre) to an amazing team of 9, most of whom work remotely all year round so the recent upheaval for most businesses thankfully hasn’t effected us much at all. Alex (my Dad) is the only member of the team usually in the office that is now working from home but with my mum there to make his Tea & lunch I don’t think he really got too bad of a deal. We have however gained 2 extra workers in the office (our children) which although they aren’t technically working for us (just filling the office with homework, drawings & traced alphabet letters), they did come in particularly useful for our delivery of 5000 gift boxes which needed unpacking 😁

We are so thankful for the technology that enables us to stay in touch with our team and we have daily meetings altogether via Zoom (albeit sometimes in our pj’s and with impromptu appearances from little ones) to discuss our plans for the day.

Our team consists of:

Hayley – Owner/Founder

Andre – Owner & Master Engraver

Alex – Handwriting Extraction Specialist & Customer Service

Natalie – Customer Service

Zara – Marketing Manager

Emma – PR

Peter – Website Developer

Liam – Advertising

Dave – Photography

During all the current uncertainty & worry we are so grateful for the amazing support we have received from our customers. Our business is our passion and it truly means the world to us that we can continue to provide our service & put a smile on your faces at the times when you need it most. The health and wellbeing of our customers, staff and partners are paramount to everyone here at Inscripture so we are so fortunate that we can champion flexible working whilst keeping our team & customers safe.

Please utilise us & don’t risk the shops! If you have a gift to buy we will send your item directly to the recipient for free in a beautiful free gift box & will include a handwritten note so your friends/ family will know who it is from and that you’re thinking of them. Simply pop a note at the checkout and we will include this within your package for you.

Our studio is cleaned & sanitised daily and we have daily collections from Royal Mail (excluding weekends) whom we have no contact with as our sacks are left in a secure space outside of our office door. We want to reassure you that Public Health England has advised that there is no perceived increase risk of contracting the virus from handling post. The virus doesn’t survive long upon contact with the absorbent natural fibres in cardboard or paper objects, such as letters or parcels. We ourselves had already been self isolating for over 2 weeks as we wanted to care for our grandparents knowing we had no risk of being in contact with anyone potentially with any symptoms.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for shopping small, we truly need you now more than ever.

Keep Safe, Reach Out & Stay Connected!

Much Love & Best Wishes, Always

Team Inscripture ❤️

Your Social Distancing Survival guide

Social distancing doesn’t mean you need to feel isolated, follow our guide to help yourself and those around you. 

What is social distancing?

Social distancing puts space between people. When people who are infected with the virus stay away from others, they can’t pass it to anyone else. This way, fewer people get sick at the same time. Then, doctors and hospitals are better able to keep up with treating those who need care.

You can find The Government guidelines here, but their recommended steps you should take include:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  • Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
  • Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces. Pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
    Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

What do I do if I think I have COVID-19 symptoms?

The most common symptoms are a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature. If you live alone and have either, no matter how mild, stay at home for seven days after the symptoms began. If you live with others, everyone in the house must stay at home and not leave for 14 days. Find The Government’s guide to staying home here.

The situation with coronavirus is constantly changing and it can be hard to keep up with the latest advice. Always use trusted sources of information including The Government and The NHS.

19 Ways to look after yourself and stay positive while social distancing

1. Know the facts but limit your time on news sites and social media. Make sure your information is from a reliable source.

2. Eat healthily to boost your immune system with lots of extra vitamins. Fruit and veg are your friends. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.

3. Contact neighbours particularly elderly people who might not have a local support network. Create a WhatsApp, Facebook or email group so that people can contact each other with their concerns or if they need help.

4. Have a Routine that brings comfort and relaxation. Regular chats with positive people, exercise, yoga, and meditation.

5. Have a digital detox unfollow groups, sites or people that are getting you down.

6. Support small businesses hop online and buy a voucher to spend later on and use small independent companies for deliveries and other purchases. Many independent food outlets, grocers, bakers and butchers have started to offer a delivery service. If you are self-isolating prepay when you order and leave a note on the door telling them to leave you delivery on the doorstep and ring the bell. Inscripture can deliver gifts directly to the recipient and include a special message from you. Postage and gift boxes are free. Click here to view our range.

7. Don’t panic buy there should be plenty to go around if everyone just buys what they need. Have enough food to last you for two weeks if you need to self-isolate, but any more than that is unnecessary.

8. Sleep make sure you are clocking up eight hours a night.

9. De-clutter your kitchen cupboards, organise your wardrobe or alphabetise your bookshelf (OK, we really don’t think you should do that far!). Being at home is an opportunity to create a zen-like sanctuary.

10. Watch a rom-com or anything else upbeat. Now is not the time for hard-hitting dramas.

11. Feed your soul read, draw, take a long bath or cook a new dish. Do the things you never normally have time to do.

12. Fresh air and exercise are great for your immune system, as well as your mental wellbeing. Open windows often and head out to your balcony or garden if you have them. Connect with nature – get out for walks, just keep your distance from others.

13. Stay in touch self-isolating doesn’t mean you need to feel isolated. Use tech to connect with friends and family regularly. Get your kids to post letters and drawings to their friends.

14. Embrace home-work wear it’s all about comfort, get those trackie bottoms on high rotation.

15. Talk to one of your besties. Texting is great, but nothing beats a proper chat, especially if you are self-isolating. Pour and cup of tea (or a G&T) and pick up the phone.

16. Exercise There are lots of free resources for at-home workouts. Hop onto YouTube and find one that is right for you

17. Focus on the positives communities have come together and people are helping each other. Always look for the good stories.

18. Talk to your children about what is happening. With schools closed children will be concerned about the change in their routine. BBC Newsround has some good information you can share including video clips and answers to FAQs.

19. Be kind to yourself and those around you. Always.

 

Your daily self-care guide

Use our tick sheet to make sure you are looking after yourself. Try to do these things each day.

Download a printable version of our chart to use at home here

Inscripture sells a range of quality jewellery and gifts, many of which can be personalised or engraved with a message in actual handwriting. We can send gifts directly to the recipient and include a special message from you. Click here to view our range.

What is Handwriting Jewellery?

Handwriting Jewellery is a beautiful way to keep a meaningful message from a loved one close to your heart at all times. The handwriting from a note, letter or card is engraved onto a bracelet, necklace or charm. The engraving matches the actual handwriting supplied perfectly to create a unique and sentimental item.

 

The process

The handwriting can be taken from an existing special card, letter or note, or you can write some words specifically for your item of jewellery. There is no need to send the engraver your precious message – simply take a clear photograph of the note and upload it when you are selecting your product. The master engraver will then extract the text from your photograph and create an engraving that matches the handwriting perfectly.

The engraver can also piece together words from different sources to get the exact message you desire.

 

Engraving ideas

  • Many people choose to engrave a treasured note from a loved one so they can have their words with them always.
  • Handwriting jewellery makes a beautiful gift – let someone know you love them and are thinking of them with a personal message engraved in your writing.
  • You can choose to engrave a special date, hand-drawn sign or location on your item to remember a special event.
  • You can engrave your child’s writing onto a piece of jewellery – a lovely way to treasure their first written words or a card they have sent you.
  • We can also follow the same process to engrave drawings, foot, hand or paw prints on to jewellery. See our range here.

With so many options you can create the perfect piece that is unique to you.

 

The Handwriting Experts At Inscripture

  • We are an Award Winning family run business which has been creating our iconic Handwriting Jewellery since 2016.
  • We are experts at engraving the handwriting exactly as it appears in the image you supply of your special message. We don’t create an imitation or replica of the writing, we engrave it precisely as it was written.
  • We can advise on what will work best on your piece of jewellery so you are sure to get something meaningful you will treasure.
  • We’ve worked hard to make our ordering process is very simple – just select your item, upload a photo of your special message and place your order.
  • We know each handwriting item we create is unique and extremely sentimental to its owner so we take great care in ensuring each step maintains the quality and detail from start to finish.

 

The Inscripture Handwriting Range

Our Handwriting range includes necklaces, bracelets, charms and rings made from silver, gold and rose gold. We also make bespoke gifts like picture frames, notebooks and keyrings. We have products for both men and women and ranges for special occasions like weddings, Mother’s Day Father’s Day and Birthdays. You can see our full range here.

If you have any questions or bespoke order enquiries please do not hesitate to ask – we will be more than happy to help.

What To Write In A Bereavement Card

Writing a sympathy card or bereavement card can be very difficult. You want to tell the recipient that you are thinking of them, but finding the right words and worrying you might say the wrong thing make it hard to know where to start.

It’s important to reach out to people who have experienced loss and a condolence card can help them feel loved and supported. Our tips below will help you write a meaningful message to let them know you care.

 

Three things to think about before you write your message:
  1. If you knew the deceased, but not the family you’re sending the card to, mention your connection to their loved one
  2.  Tell the person who is grieving why their loved one was special to you and mention a memory you have of them
  3. If you know the bereaved person well, make a genuine offer of help. It is usually better to say exactly what you can do, whether it’s a practical thing like delivering meals or emotional support like spending time with them whether they want to talk or not. Make sure you follow up on your offer with a phone call or message to let them know you really want to help.

 

Brief messages

You might find a few words are all you need, to let them know you care. Especially if the card already has a printed message or you don’t know the bereaved very well:

  • With heartfelt condolences
  • Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts
  • I am very sorry for your loss
  • Holding you close in our hearts and thoughts
  • It was a pleasure knowing Daniel. He will be missed
  • Wishing you as much peace as possible during this difficult time
  • Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time of great sadness
  • Thinking of you
  • We hope you find comfort in those around you
  • Claire will remain in our hearts forever
  • Sending love and best wishes during this sad time
  • I’m going to miss him, too
  • My thoughts are with you and your family
  • Remembering your wonderful mum and wishing you comfort
  • Thinking of you all as we remember your grandmother’s remarkable life.

 

Make it Personal

If you knew the deceased well, let the grieving person know what you loved about them

  • It was a pleasure working with your father for nine years. He will be deeply missed
  • Sarah was an amazing person who led a remarkable life. I feel so lucky to have known her at college
  • Your father was a very kind man. His funeral service was a lovely tribute to him. He will be deeply missed
  • I feel privileged to have known your mother. You must miss her warm smile. I’m thinking of you
  • Your brother was a good man. I’m grateful that I had the chance to know him as both a colleague and a friend
  • Your daughter was one-in-a-million. Such a sweet, generous person. I will miss her
  • Your sister was the funniest person I’ve ever met. She brought happiness and laughter to everyone
  • I was incredibly sad to hear about Brian’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I feel truly blessed to have had him in my life. I have so many lovely memories to look back on.

 

Offers of help

Offering genuine support to people in their time of need is a way to ease some of their worries.

  • I’m thinking of your family and want to help in any way I can. I’ll call to see when would be the best time to bring over a meal
  • You must have so much on your mind right now. We’d like to make one less worry by offering to come around and take care of your garden
  • We’re here for you whenever you need a good meal, want to cry, or any moment in between
  • When a death occurs in a family, it leaves behind an emptiness that can only be filled by the love of others and time. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help
  • I can’t imagine what you are feeling, but I want to express my condolences to you. Please let me know of any way I can help.

 

Sympathy Sign offs

You could end your message with the following closings:

  • With sympathy
  • With heartfelt sympathy
  • With thoughts and prayers
  • With love at this sad time
  • Thinking of you.

 

What Not To Write In A Sympathy Card

Try to avoid using these phrases in a bereavement card…

  • “ know how you feel.” We all experience grief differently
  • “You should…” Instead of advice, offer support
  • “You will…” Avoid guessing how their grief journey will go
  • “This happened for a reason.” Even with the best intentions, this thought sounds like it’s justifying the death

 

Condolence Quotes

If you are struggling to find your own words, finding a quote that sums up your sentiment could be an option. Here are some ideas:

  • “If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” – Winnie The Pooh
  • “Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life.” Albert Einstein
  • “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?” – Winnie The Pooh
  • “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Gandhi
  • “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo

 

If you are looking for a special way for someone’s memory to live on we can engrave their handwriting on to a piece of jewellery, so they will be close to your heart forever. See our handwriting range here.

We also offer a range of beautiful memorial products here.

Inscripture x Coco-Boo Lingerie

Where is Inscripture Jewellery Stocked?

Our jewellery has been stocked at Coco-Boo Luxury & Sustainable Lingerie in Southend-on-Sea since December 2019. Coco-Boo aka Coconuts & Booty carries a boutique edit of our range including our ‘Save the Bees’ Collection and a selection of our popular Huggie Earrings.

Why Coco-Boo Lingerie?

Working with Coco-Boo was an obvious choice for us – both brands started life in Leigh on Sea, have a focus on quality and put the needs of their customers at the heart of everything they do.

The Coco-Boo Shopping Experience

They offer a unique and welcoming space for customers & their collections and designers, including Inscripture,  have been handpicked for having the highest quality workmanship to ensure the best comfort and fit for every occasion and for every woman. Their Mantra is always ‘Quality over quantity‘, every time!

 

Coco-Boo’s founder, Alma Brayley-Neale, has lived in Essex for most of her life and in Leigh-on-Sea for the past 20 years. Coconuts & Booty was born from Alma’s desire to offer women the opportunity to purchase great quality, long-lasting and beautiful lingerie from sought-after brands from the UK and Europe.

Their ethos is to offer the highest professional and client-focused shopping experience. Providing a friendly place to allow customers to relax and enjoy their time exploring the wonderful collections.

Browse their beautiful lingerie here.

If you haven’t visited their store yet, pop along to 49 Rectory Grove, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2HA and check out our range alongside their lingerie. You’re sure to find something you love. ♡

How To Clean Your Sterling Silver Jewellery

 

Sterling silver offers a timeless, versatile and stylish option when it comes to jewellery. With our complete guide to caring for your sterling silver, you can keep it in tip-top condition so you can treasure it forever.

Sterling silver is a precious metal with a high shine which makes it a great and affordable choice for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and pendants.

Unfortunately, all sterling silver can tarnish over time losing its lustre. No one wants to see a precious piece of jewellery looking dull, so keep your sterling silver looking it’s very best by following our quick and easy tips:

What is the difference between .925 and .950 sterling silver?

If your sterling silver jewellery has a rating of .950, it will need to be polished often, but if the piece has a rating of .925, the metal is stronger and won’t need to be cleaned as much. At Inscripture quality and care are important to us, so all our Sterling Silver Jewellery is .925 and will be easy to maintain.

What makes sterling silver tarnish?

Over time simply exposing your sterling silver jewellery to the air can make it tarnish. The tarnishing occurs when oxygen or sulphur make contact with the silver.

Things you can do to avoid your silver from tarnishing:
  • Water and silver: silver does not like water, so avoid wearing your jewellery when cleaning, washing up, showering bathing or swimming. If you do accidentally get your silver wet, make sure you dry it completely afterwards.
  • Chemicals and silver: hand creams, lotions, perfumes, makeup and even hairspray can cause your jewellery to tarnish. Make sure your jewellery is the last thing you put on when you are getting ready and the first thing you take off at night. For more tips on looking after your jewellery check out our Jewellery Care Guide.
  • Storing your silver jewellery: sterling silver tarnishes quicker when it is exposed to humidity and air pollution. It’s best to store each piece of silver jewellery in a separate air-tight bag when you’re not wearing it. Always make sure the jewellery is completely dry before storing it. Remember your jewellery doesn’t enjoy humidity, so never store it in your bathroom.
  • Wear your jewellery: silver is more likely to tarnish if it isn’t worn, so that’s a great excuse to wear your favourite pieces every day!

How do I clean my sterling silver jewellery?

Always take your jewellery off before cleaning it and remove pendants and charms to clean them separately.

We recommend polishing sterling silver jewellery with a special silver cloth to keep it shining and to prevent the tarnish from returning.  Use the cloth to gently polish your jewellery with long strokes and avoid polishing in a circular motion as this can make the tarnish worst. Be careful not to pull on the chain links while you are cleaning necklaces and bracelets as this will weaken them.

You can clean hard to reach places with a cotton bud and a dot of silver polish.

Avoid rubbing silver-plated jewellery as this will damage the finish.

Homemade ways to clean your Sterling Silver jewellery

You could try this homemade method to clean your heavily tarnished silver, but be warned silver experts don’t recommend using it too often (if at all).

Baking Soda: To remove built-up tarnish from your silver you can mix a 1/4 cup of baking soda with 2 tablespoons water to make a paste. Gently apply the paste to the jewellery with a damp, lint-free cloth. Rinse well in clean water and buff dry very carefully. Do not store the jewellery until it is completely dry.

 

When taken care of properly, sterling silver jewellery can last you a lifetime. This is especially important when it is a sentimental piece like something from our Handwriting Range

Don’t forget to check out our range of quality Sterling Silver Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, Charms and Rings.

Your Jewellery Care Guide

To keep your jewellery in tip-top condition and always looking its best, follow our handy tips for cleaning, storing and travelling.

 

How to clean your jewellery

Clean your jewellery with a lint-free cloth, this helps maintain or bring back its shine. We don’t recommend the use of chemicals to clean your jewellery. Always remove your jewellery before cleaning it and be careful not to pull on the chain links as this will weaken them. Remove pendants and charms and clean them separately.

How to Clean Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver will tarnish over time, so we recommend polishing it with a silver cloth to keep it shining. Make sure the cloth only comes into contact with the Sterling Silver as it will damage gemstones or 18ct Gold & Rose Gold Vermeil.

How to Clean 18ct Gold & Rose Gold Vermeil

To clean your Gold Vermeil jewellery polish it very carefully with a soft, dry 100% cotton cloth. It’s important to make sure it doesn’t come in to contact with hot water. Make sure the jewellery is totally dry before storing it. Do not use a silver cloth as this will remove the 18ct gold coating.

If necessary, you can clean your jewellery pieces occasionally. Simply soak each piece individually in warm water with a tiny amount of mild detergent for a couple of minutes. You can gently brush the jewellery with a very soft toothbrush to get it extra clean. Rinse in clean warm water and dry with a lint-free cloth. Allow the jewellery to completely air dry before storing.*

How to Clean Gemstones

Gemstones can be kept sparkling using a mild washing up liquid and warm water. Use a clean soft toothbrush to gently clean them and then rinse in clean water. Ensure they are fully dry before storing.*

*Please note, you should never wash mother of pearl, pearls, coral, turquoise, howlite or amber.

 

How to Store your jewellery

Storage is king for keeping your jewellery at it’s best. Ideally, keep your jewellery stored in a jewellery box or store each piece separately inside airtight containers. It’s important to store jewellery away from moisture, hot temperatures and direct sunlight. Particular things to note are:

  • 18 ct gold vermeil is particularly sensitive to high temperatures and each piece should be stored individually.
  • Do not store in damp environments like your bathroom
  • Fasten chains before storing to help stop necklaces and bracelets getting tangled, always fasten any extender chains on the last hole
  • Sunlight may cause some gemstones to fade, so ensure they are stored correctly.

Tip: You can pop sealed silica gel packs, often found in shoe boxes, into your jewellery box to help absorb any moisture.

 

Things That Can Damage Your Jewellery

Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off when you get dressed. Avoid jewellery coming in to contact with make-up, lotions, hairspray, suntan lotion, deodorant and perfumes.

Water and jewellery aren’t besties, so always take it off before washing up, showering or swimming.  Also, the chemicals found in cleaners and will damage your pieces, so it’s best to remove jewellery before you give the house a clean.

Last but not least, always remove your jewellery before bed.

 

Travelling with Your Jewellery …

We recommending fastening your jewellery, making sure it’s completely dry and then storing it in individual zip lock bags when travelling. Don’t take your jewellery to the beach – it’s won’t like the direct sunlight, sand and saltwater.  Save it for when you’re having cocktails later!

 

We have an extensive range of jewellery suitable for all occasions, including Earrings, Necklaces and Bracelets.

 

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