Product Information & Care
Like all jewellery, gold should be periodically cleaned and checked for wear. You can clean it yourself with warm soapy water, or Hoskings can have it re-polished to add that extra sparkle. Store your items in separate compartments in a jewellery box so that
they do not scratch each other.
All Hoskings White Gold jewellery is plated with precious Rhodium for extra luster, sparkle and durability. Rhodium plating will wear over time. Certain chemicals such as bleach and chlorine can strip the rhodium plating off the gold and hence should be avoided.
We recommend that White Gold jewellery be professionally cleaned, polished and re-plated every one to three years to ensure the item is always looking its best.
9ct Gold Bonded Jewellery
These pieces start off as sterling silver jewellery that is then bonded with a sheet of 9ct gold. Best suited for occasional wear, gold bonded jewellery should not be cleaned in jewellery cleaner or polished with a cleaning cloth. Gold bonded jewellery comes with a 12 month manufacturers warranty.
9ct Silver Filled Jewellery
These jewellery pieces start off as hollow 9ct gold jewellery that has then been filled with solid sterling silver for extra strength and durability. All clasps on bracelets and chains are solid 9ct gold.
Bangles come with a 10 year manufacturers warranty and Bracelets/Chains come with a 5 year manufacturers warranty. Silver filled jewellery should be cared for as you would a normal 9ct gold item.
Gold Plated Jewellery
Gold Plated jewellery is a great option for wearers who are jewellery obsessed but need to stay in a budget. Gold plated jewellery is a very thin layer of gold over another metal. Take special care with gold plated jewellery, make sure to remove before swimming, showering and sleeping.
Polishing cloths are an excellent choice for cleaning your sterling silver jewellery (Hoskings recommends the 'Connoisseurs' brand). Sterling Silver jewellery that is worn continually often develops a lovely patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. If you like the look, leave it alone. If you prefer a bright and shiny look for your sterling silver, use a silver polish cloth to restore the jewellery to its original appearance.
Stainless Steel Jewellery
Stainless Steel is a relatively hard and durable metal. Due to its strength and affordability it is becoming increasingly popular in both mens and ladies jewellery. It cannot be soldered and thus it's not possible to resize.
Although it will not stain or corrode it will mark with normal wear and tear, creating a muted patina. It can be cleaned and lightly buffed by a professional jeweller to restore much of its sheen.
Titanium is the hardest natural metal in the world. It has three times the strength of steel, and is much stronger than gold, silver and platinum. Due to its hardness it cannot be soldered, which means usually it cannot be re-sized. Titanium is an ideal metal for jewellery as it's very light weight and hypoallergenic.
Titanium will mark with normal everyday wear, creating a slightly muted patina. It can be cleaned and lightly buffed by a professional jeweller to restore much of its sheen.
Hollow Jewellery items are considered ‘occasional pieces‘ as they are delicate and require a certain level of care to ensure they are always looking their best. Hollow items may dent under impact or pressure therefore they should be treated with care. This includes removing the item before sleep, bathing or any physical activity including going to the gym etc.
Remember to have your setting checked every year. You may clean your diamond ring at home using commercial jewellery cleaner (Hoskings recommends the 'Connoisseurs' brand) or a mixture of ammonia, detergent and warm water. Soak the diamond in the solution and then gently rub with a soft brush. Making sure the plug is in the sink, rinse well with water and dry with a soft lint-free cloth.
Do not wear pearls while bathing, showering or playing sport. Only put your pearls on once you have finished applying cosmetics, hairspray and perfume. Have your pearls re-strung yearly. Have knots tied between each pearl to prevent loss if the string breaks.
Wash your pearls with a softened cloth of mild soap and water after taking off to remove perfume, hairspray etc.
Water Resistant Watches
Watches come with a water resistancy specification.
As a guide:
30 metre water resistant
Suitable for accidental splashes and light rain.
50 metre water resistant
Suitable for light poolside swimming, but not snorkelling or diving.
100 metre water resistant
Suitable for swimming, snorkelling but not diving.
200 metre water resistant
Suitable for swimming, surf, water sports and skin
You should not wear any watch in a hot shower.