Care and Cleaning AdviceCleaning
a)- If the jewellery piece is bright silver: Sterling silver will tarnish if left exposed to humidity in the air. To prevent, or delay, tarnishing, keep your jewellery always in its original box. The cushion in the jewellery box will protect the piece to some degree. You can also gently rub your jewellery piece, from time to time, with the anti-tarnish cloth that comes with it.
b)- If the silver is dark charcoal colour: The surface of the silver piece has been on purpose blackened with an oxide substance known as "Patina", and it is part of the finishing. Try not to attempt to rub the surface or clean it as the dark colour will be removed, exposing the silver underneath and changing the final appearance of your jewellery piece.
To remove the tarnish and dirt off your jewellery, never use a tarnish remover liquid - these are harsh chemical liquids and will affect the stones and enamel on your jewellery pieces. The best option is to use warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap with a very soft brush. Then rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a clean cloth, finishing with a hairdryer at the lowest heat setting.
Be aware that enamel is glass, so take extra care is needed when you handle your enamel jewellery pieces. Dropping them could fracture and break the glass. Perfumes, hand cream and chemicals can cause permanent damage to your jewellery. Here are a few suggestions:
- Chemicals in hand creams, moisturisers, make-up, hair spray and perfumes can affect the beauty and lustre of your jewellery, so apply these before wearing your jewellery. Your jewellery should be the last item you put on when you are dressing up.
- Remove your jewellery when bathing, showering or swimming in swimming pools or at the sea as water and chemicals, especially chlorine and sea salt, can tarnish and corrode precious metals.
- Remove your jewellery when doing home chores, gardening or sports as it may become scratched or damaged by a sharp or heavy blow.
If you are not sure or are experiencing a problem, you can always contact Mahroz for advice. Alternatively, you can send your jewellery for annual/periodic cleaning.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT ME AND MY WORK
I am Mahroz Hekmati, a dedicated Jewellery Artist and Vitreous Enameller. My journey into the art of vitreous enamelling began in 2017 while I was working on my graduate project at the Birmingham School of Jewellery. Following my graduation, I immersed myself in perfecting the traditional and classic techniques of enamelling and miniature painting on enamel.
I employ this incredible medium to infuse my work with a modern twist, aligning it seamlessly with today’s styles, trends, and tastes. Each of my designs embodies a harmonious interplay of shapes and contrasting colors, predominantly in silver and gold, embellished with vitreous enamel.
In my workshop, situated within the historic Birmingham Jewellery Quarter in the United Kingdom, I craft unique and meticulously handmade jewellery and art objects. Regardless of my geographical location, I carry with me the profound values of my Persian heritage and the millennia-long artistic traditions that have enriched Persian history. This enduring influence has significantly shaped my identity and style as an artist.