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Caring for your keepsakes

Care instructions:

High quality sterling silver and natural stones have been used in Bluebird Co keepsake jewels.  Wearing your beaded bracelets, anklets and necklaces in water will cause the waxed cord that the beads are secured on to stretch and fray over time.  Therefore, please remove beaded pieces when swimming and bathing.

For jewellery pieces with Rose Quartz pendants please note that being a natural stone it is important to take special care of these pendants by considering the following care instructions: Avoid wearing in bath, avoid sweat, avoid chemicals, clean with a soft cloth, take off when sleeping and keep in storage when not being worn.

Please note:  Whilst we take care to create the highest quality pieces, please note that our pieces, particularly our beaded keepsakes, will not last forever.  When they no longer fit or are starting to fray, this may be a good time to take them off and keep them somewhere special as a reminder of the good times had when they were worn.  

If your well worn and well loved piece holds sentimental value, we do offer a restring service for the cost of $35 for child length items and $45 for adult length items.  This cost covers labour and the replacing of any beads that may not be usable any longer.  It does not cover resizing or postage.

 

What's the best way to clean my Bluebird Co jewels?

The first thing we recommend to keep your Bluebird Co. jewels looking their best is giving them a regular clean with a silver cleaning cloth.

Although sterling silver is a very durable and long lasting material it can tarnish due to various factors.  To clean discoloured or tarnished sterling silver we recommend one of two methods that both use everyday household products.

1.  With Cloudy Ammonia and dish-washing detergent:

In a small coffee sized cup fill 1/3 of the cup with Cloudy Ammonia (available from most supermarkets near cleaning products), a large squirt of dish-washing liquid and fill the rest of the cup with hot water from tap. Give it a stir (with spoon) to combine. Put chain/bracelet/anklet into mixture for approx 5 minutes. Take out and rinse thoroughly whilst brushing silver lightly to remove any loose build up (we use an old soft bristled toothbrush). Rinse jewellery under tap water and dry thoroughly.  

This is a method shared by a high end jeweller that can be used on all many different pieces. Please note that this method can’t be used on natural stones and plated jewellery so no do not use for Rose Quartz/pearls/gold plated chains etc. 
2. With Bi-carb soda, boiling water and aluminium foil:
In a glass or ceramic bowl place a piece of aluminium foil (slightly scrunched to fit into bottom of the bowl) and 1 tablespoon of Bi-carb soda (on the aluminium foil). Place sterling silver jewellery on the bi-carb soda/aluminium foil and fill the bowl with boiling water.  Allow the silver to sit in bowl for 5-10 minutes.  Take out and rinse thoroughly whilst brushing silver lightly to remove any loose build up (we use an old soft bristled toothbrush). Rinse jewellery under tap water and dry thoroughly.  Please note that this method can’t be used on natural stones and plated jewellery so no do not use for Rose Quartz/pearls/gold plated chains etc.