All Kick in the Eye pieces are handmade with durability in mind and will last well into the future if taken care of.
Don't allow your jewellery to come into contact with chemicals such as harsh household products or chlorinated pools, as this will discolour the metal. It is fine to wet Sterling Silver as long as it is dried properly afterwards.
Over time light scratches may appear on the surface of your jewellery, so it is advised to take off your jewellery when performing labor intensive tasks to prevent this. As for the nature of sterling silver, the highly polished finish of Kick in the Eye pieces may eventually become a more of a muted shine.
Microfibre polishing cloths are great at restoring lustre. To brighten up and clean your jewellery, give the piece a good scrub with a lathered nail brush and natural dishwashing detergent or soap. Rinse and dry. Black patina may naturally build up over time onto Sterling Silver jewellery, due to reactions between skin oils and chemicals in the air. Follow these steps to remove black tarnish:
- Line a bowl with aluminium foil, shiny side up.
- Dissolve 1 heaped tablespoon of bicarb soda and 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of boiling water. Then add half a cup of white vinegar (it will fizz).
- Place your jewellery evenly onto the foil. Leave it in there for 20 minutes, or up to an hour if the tarnish is heavy.
- Take your jewellery out. With a nail brush give the piece a good scrub with lathered chemical-free dishwashing detergent. Rinse and dry.