Caring for your Jewellery

Jewellery from Jive Designer collections and Jive Silver Essentials is very high quality and meticulously crafted so it should be treated with love and handled with care.

All Jive silver jewellery is made from solid 925 sterling silver, the best available quality for silver jewellery. It is brilliant but soft and easily bent and tarnished. Gemstones and other materials may need special care depending on their hardness. The hardness of a gem is based on a gem trade standard called Moh’s Scale, developed in the 19th century. The scale rates the hardness of a material out of 10 and at each higher number it can be abrasive to a material with a lower number. Diamonds are rated at the highest of 10; rubies and sapphires are 9; emeralds and topaz are 8; garnets, tourmalines and quartz are 7. Those materials below 7 can be scratched including opal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, coral and pearl. Resin and glass are rated below 7 and shatter when hit with a solid object.

The following is general advice about caring for your jewellery followed by specific guidelines on care and cleaning of jewellery by material.

Silver tarnish

Sterling Silver can tarnish and oxidize due to a reaction to chemicals and heat and body oils. Discoloration can usually be removed with a good quality silver cleaning cloth. Use silver polish with care and never use silver dip on oxidized silver.

Plain Silver

Sterling silver is soft so it should only be worn in normal everyday situations. It is best cleaned with a silver jewellery cloth but good quality silver polish when used carefully is useful for cleaning heavily tarnished pieces.

Oxidised Silver

Sterling silver is specially treated to create the oxidized appearance so oxidized silver must be cleaned with a silver cleaning cloth. Do not use silver polish or silver dip as this will remove the oxidized appearance.

Matte Silver

Matte silver jewellery has a special finish that will be removed by silver polish. Use warm soapy water to clean matte silver then dry immediately with a soft silver jewellery cloth.

Gold Plate

Treat gold plate with care because vigorous cleaning can wear away the precious coating! It is best to use a soft jewellery cloth to clean gold plate.


Avoid wearing coloured gemstone jewellery when involved in activities that could cause damage such as active sports and gardening. Some stones are more easily damaged than others (see the comment on Mohs scale earlier in this section). To clean gemstone jewellery soak in a mild solution of soap and water then gently clean with a soft brush. Rinse thoroughly and lay on a soft cloth to dry. Always store gemstone jewellery so individual pieces cannot scratch or scuff one another. Use a jewellery box with separate compartments or wrap pieces in tissue paper before placing them in the box.


Make sure pearls are not direct exposure to cosmetics and cleaning agents such as nail polish remover as this will affect lustre and colour. Use a soft jewellery cloth to clean pearls.


Enamel is colourful and lustrous but very easily damaged so never drop jewellery made with enamel. Large rings are especially vulnerable to knocking so it is not advisable to wear them for everyday use. Exposure to cosmetics and cleaning agents may affect colour and finish. Use a soft jewellery cloth to remove body oils and return luster.


Resin can shatter when dropped or knocked hard so it is not advisable to wear resin jewellery for everyday use. Clean resin with warm soapy water then dry immediately and use a silver jewellery cloth to clean the silver setting..

Onyx and Marcasite Jewellery

Follow the guidelines for resin jewellery.

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