Fine Jewelry

If it is cared for properly, fine jewelry can become a treasured family heirloom. It needs to be loved and treated well so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

To clean your jewelry yourself, brush delicately with a very soft small brush in lukewarm soapy water, then carefully rinse it in lukewarm water and wipe it with a soft cloth.

Avoid any kind of contact with household bleach or cleaning products, which will quickly cause gold to discolour and possibly disintegrate. Prevent your jewelry from coming into contact with hair spray, deodorants and perfumes. Take off your jewelry when swimming or bathing.

When not wearing your fine jewelry, Store it carefully in its original pouch or box or another suitably lined box or pouch and try not to let the pieces touch to avoid scratching.  

Take care to protect your jewelry from impact against hard surfaces and avoid contact with abrasive surfaces. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force or at just the right angle. Many stones such as amethyst, emerald, opal, pearl, peridot, tanzanite and tourmaline are very delicate and easily abraded. Enamel and Ceramic finishes can also chip or scratch when struck. Gemstones can scratch other gemstones and wear away at precious metals. Extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics, ultrasonic cleaning and household chemicals can also damage jewelry.

To clean diamonds, use a mild solution of six parts water to one part ammonia and apply with a soft bristle brush.

Dust, pollution and daily wear all conspire to cloud the brilliance of gemstones. The surface of gold and silver jewelry can become dulled. Timeworn prongs and clasps can result in the loss of a stone or an entire piece of jewelry.

We encourage you to bring your Ileana Makri jewelry in for Professional servicing as often as once a year to have them checked, cleaned and revitalized.

Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver is a precious metal and may require cleaning from time to time. With proper care, your silver will retain its beauty and character for many generations to come.

Sterling silver tarnishes, especially when exposed to salt air and products containing sulfur, such as rubber bands and some papers. However, silver that is regularly used typically needs less care, so we strongly encourage you to wear your silver every day. 

To clean your silver jewelry, use a small amount of silver jewelry cleaner on a soft cloth and gently rub the silver several times. Then rinse the silver thoroughly in warm water and carefully dry. This will remove the tarnish and dullness, keeping your sterling silver like new. Please note: chlorine and bleach accelerate tarnishing and should be avoided. Once cleaned and polished, silver must be kept dry and properly stored.

*Please note: An oxidized finish is the blackening of a silver object to make its decorative details stand out. Take care as overzealous cleaning and polishing can remove this finish.

Vermeil Plated Jewelry

If you would like to clean your gold vermeil jewellery wash it with a small amount of gentle dish soap or non-chemical soap and warm water. Rinse it well and allow to dry on a cloth or paper towel. Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth or jewellery cloth and gently rub the surface in a circular motion to clean.

Gold Vermeil is a thin layer of 18k gold, plated over a piece of solid Sterling Silver jewelry. Gold Vermeil will eventually wear off, revealing the silver beneath. Earrings and necklaces will keep their plating longer than rings. Plating will wear off faster on rings that are worn everyday. To minimize the wear of vermeil plating please avoid contact with water and rough surfaces. Plated jewelry does not tarnish like silver. If you would like to have your piece re-plated, please email us or bring your piece to our store for servicing. Customers are responsible for all shipping charges for re-plating.

Tarnish or darkening of the metal, is caused by oxidization of the surface layer of metal. It occurs over time with exposure to air and moisture. Wearing your jewelry in the water or during bathing will speed up tarnishing. Storing your jewelry in a dry airtight container will inhibit tarnish.

Schedule a Service or Repair

To Schedule a service or repair for your jewelry please contact us by email at customercare@ileanamakri.com or give us a call Mon-Fri 10am-6pm on +30210 7251471