General guidelines for use and safekeeping
Anpé Atelier Cph recommends that you put on your jewellery in the morning and take it off at night before you go to bed. Precious and semi-precious gemstones risk losing their shine when exposed to oils, lotions, perfume, detergents etc. Therefore apply your perfumes, lotions and hairsprays before you put on your jewellery, and if possible in areas that won’t come in contact with your jewellery.
We recommend that you always make sure to take off your jewellery before sport activities, house work, cooking, dishes, swimming, bathing etc.
In order to avoid scratches, blows to and marks on your jewellery you must wear it with caution. Your jewellery must not be directly exposed to hard and rough objects that may cause damage to the metal or the precious or semiprecious gemstones.
Keep your fine jewellery in a secure location, meaning in a jewellery box, travel clutch or the like. Try to keep your jewelleries separate to avoid scratches. Do not put heavy objects on top of jewellery items or next to them as this may cause damage to your jewellery or wring them out of shape. Chains must be closed and put in a flat position, hung or around a soft element to avoid them from tangling.
Precious and semiprecious gemstones
All Anpé Atelier Cph pieces have colorful precious and semi-precious stones.
Precious stones are natural products. Impurities, imperfections and variations to individual stones will occur. This is in no way fault to the stone, but a beautiful characteristic of a natural product. Two precious gemstones may share colour tone and shape, but they will never be entirely identical. Hence every precious stone is entirely unique.
Precious and semi-precious gemstones are fragile materials and are easily scratched and affected by chemicals. Therefore the jewelleries must be worn with caution and care, and, and your precious or semi-precious gemstone jewellery should be gently cleaned using only a soft toothbrush and tepid water.
Anpé Atelier Cph uses only 14kt and 18kt gold. Gold is a very soft material – soft enough to be processed and shaped. A patina of age and use on handcrafted surfaces is natural and a part of the natural beauty.
Can you wash your hands an shower, while wearing your jewellery?
Short answer is; no!
Always take off your jewellery, when you shower and wash your hands. Soap will create a thin layer on top of the jewellery and underneath the gems and will quickly make it look dull and tired. But that is not the only reason why you should avoid showering or washing your hands wearing your jewellery.
The chemicals in the soap can scratch and affect the gemstones – and it will easily scratch the gold.
Instead you can use hand sanitizer on your hands – this is completely harmless to your jewellery, as long as you use the ones containing 60 % alcohol or more.
Fine Jewellery Cleaning:
It may not always be possible to bring your fine jewellery to a jeweler to get it cleaned professionally. But cleaning your fine jewellery at home doesn’t necessarily require special jewellery cleaner.
The easiest and best way to clean your fine jewellery by yourself involves few basic household items:
– A mild dish detergent (choose one with natural ingrediens)
– Lukewarm water
– A soft toothbrush (preferably a childs toothbrush with very soft bristles)
– A soft, clean microfiber cloth
Don’t use any household items that contains abrasive materials (such as soda, powdered cleaners or toothpaste), household items that contains chlorine or other chemicals, household items that contains acetone or acids (like lemonjuice).
How to clean your fine jewellery:
Fill a bowl with warm water and add few drops of gentle dish soap. Soak your fine jewellery in the water for 20-40 mins. Gently brush the gemstones and under the gemstones with the soft toothbrush. Rinse under warm water. Pat dry with the microfiber cloth.
Be extra extra careful with whitegold jewellery, as excessive brushing on the metal might damage the rhodium coating.