jewellery care guide
A piece of fine jewellery from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN is an investment in impeccable craftsmanship and extraordinary design. In our workshops, master craftsmen employ their skills to realise fine jewellery designed to be part of your life. Cautious care will contribute to preserving the original gloss and elegance and may prohibit future repair and restoration of your fine jewellery. This way, it may even be passed on from one generation to the next.
Use and Safekeeping
OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN recommends that you put on your jewellery in the morning and take it off at night before bedtime. Physically demanding exercises may cause unnecessary wear to a piece of jewellery. We recommend that you always make sure to take off your jewellery before house and garden work, cooking, swimming, bathing and sports activities.
In order to avoid blows to and marks on handcrafted surfaces fine jewellery must be worn with caution. It must not be directly exposed to hard and rough objects that may cause damage to the precious metal – among these other pieces of (gold) jewellery, door knobs, bannisters, garden tools, tools and stoneware and clay pottery.
Keep your fine jewellery in a secure location, eg. in the original box/bag that came with the item or in a travel clutch. 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. Colliers and chains must be closed and put in a flat position, hung or wrought around a soft element to avoid them from tangling and to remain ready for use.
Fine jewellery adorned with brilliant cut diamonds, precious stones or pearls should be examined once a year depending on how frequently the jewellery is worn. It might be difficult to spot with the naked eye, but a piece of jewellery can have been exposed to light blows or wear that may constitute a risk of stones or pearls becoming loose or even lost.
GOLD AND SILVER CARE
OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN recommends that gold jewellery without precious stones be cleaned frequently using jewellery care products without abrasives. This is the way to go about cleaning fine jewellery without any risk of damage.
All gold and silver jewellery from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN is 100 % nickel-free.
Gold and silver are mouldable precious materials, soft enough to be processed and shaped. A patina of age and use on handcrafted surfaces is part of the natural beauty of a piece of gold or silver jewellery.
Please note that rings are more exposed than other pieces of jewellery. In the course of a day the human hands are in close contact with a number of hard objects. Consequently, the part of the ring that faces the palm of the hand will be particularly exposed to wear.
Satinising of a gold or silver surface means finely carving delicate grooves in the precious metal hereby adding a silky matte look to the surface. Daily use will cause wear to a satinised surface, making it smoother and brighter in exposed areas.
On a forged gold or silver surface tiny dents are hammered in a random pattern hereby creating a less smooth surface. Daily use will cause wear to a hammered gold or silver surface making it smoother and brighter in exposed areas.
Rhodium plating is a terminating treatment of the gold surface. Numerous layers of rhodium make the gold surface appear white or black – creating white gold or entirely black gold. In the course of time, depending on how frequently the jewellery is used, the delicate rhodium plating will wear off naturally. White gold will get a yellowish look, but can at any time have new rhodium plating restoring the white appearance of the gold. Please contact an authorized OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN-retailer.
Oxidising is a treatment of the precious metal surface making the silver appear greyish black. Oxidised silver jewellery used daily becomes polished in exposed areas – grooves and dents are better protected – and will in time wear off entirely on smooth surfaces.
Oxidised silver jewellery must not be exposed to jewellery detergents, which will only destroy the oxidised surface. An oxidised silver surface must only be cleaned with tepid water.
DIAMONDS AND STONES
All diamonds from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN are classified as TW/VS and exquisitely brilliant-cut in the near top-grade classified as “very good”. We guarantee conflict-free diamonds purchased from official retailers in agreement with the resolutions of The United Nations.
OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN only uses exquisite, natural precious stones carefully selected by professional gemmologists according to severe quality control. Every single stone is carefully examined for inclusions, sheen, tone, colour and sizes. Customary to the fine jewellery industry precious stones are treated during the cutting process. As is the case with other natural materials – for instance leather – washing, polishing, colouring, heat- or wax-treatment can optimise the appearance and durability of precious stones.
Precious stones are natural products excavated from Earth’s interior. Impurities and variations to individual stones may occur. This is by no means a fault to the stone, but an exceptional characteristic of a natural product. Two stones may share colour tone and shape, but they will never be entirely identical. Hence every precious stone is entirely unique.
Coloured gemstones and pearls are fragile and do not possess the durability of diamonds. Wear to bracelet charms in particular must be expected. In order to avoid fractured diamonds as well as scratched, bruised or chipped precious stones and pearls the jewellery must be worn with care and is advisedly not to be knocked against hard surfaces or objects.
Pearls and precious stones risk losing their shine when exposed to oils, lotions, perfume, detergents etc.
Precious stones are fragile natural materials and are easily scratched and affected by chemicals. For this reason precious stone jewellery should be gently cleaned using only a soft toothbrush and tepid water.
Fine jewellery adorned with brilliant cut diamonds, precious stones or pearls should be examined once a year depending on how frequently the jewellery is worn. It can be difficult to spot with the naked eye, but a piece of jewellery may have been exposed to light blows or wear that may constitute a risk of stones or pearls becoming loose or even lost.
Coral is a natural wonder – and something quite unique. Treasure it and take good care of it. OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN only uses coral of impeccable quality. In the depths of the sea coral is harvested by hand by authorised special divers working with respect for nature and in complete agreement with current legislation.
Coral is a natural material why impurities and irregularities may occur in each individual stone. This is by no means a fault in the stone, but a unique trait to this nature-made product.
Corals should not be exposed to oils, lotions, perfume, detergents etc. Frequent exposure to sunlight or heat will also put the coral at risk of losing its natural shine.
Genuine pearls are tiny natural miracles – grown from living organisms. Mother-of-pearl in a vast number of layers has formed over time, making a pearl something very special, but also a fragile natural product. Any kind of blow or contact with hard surfaces should be avoided in order not to scratch or knock off one or several layers of mother-of-pearl. Contact an authorized OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN-retailer for further information about how to replace a pearl.
Pearls should not be exposed to oils, lotions, perfume, detergents etc. Frequent exposure to sunlight or heat will also put the pearl at risk of losing its natural shine.
Whether open in the front or in the back, the size of an open ring design must not be altered by squeezing or expanding the ring. The precious metal becomes fragile and may consequently break. Please note that contact with hard surfaces, such as doorknobs and bannisters, or pressure from heavy bags may expand the size of the ring and should therefore be avoided.
For a fee the size of a ring can be altered. Please contact an authorised OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN-retailer.
Detachable pendants and drops must be attached and detached with great care and not in a rush. Earring pendants of precious stones and pearls are attached to the earring by a discreet hook in 18K gold.
Rough handling of the attachable pendant risks bending the hook out of shape whereby the built-in safety mechanism is destroyed. Attaching the pendant to the earring please make sure to pay frequent attention to sound of a tiny click whenever the hook passes through the eye of the earring.
Leather bracelets from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN are handmade in Denmark of exquisite calfskin. In order to obtain the desired softness to the leather the skin has been tanned using chrome. Please note that chrome can cause allergic reactions.
Since leather is a natural product the colour of the leather may vary from bracelet to bracelet. Please note that light colours are more sensitive to dirt than dark colours.
The colour of the leather may fade if exposed to direct sunlight or water. If the bracelet is exposed to water to the point of the leather becoming moist, it may consequently dry out. A neutral leather balm will nourish and help maintain the material. It goes for leather bracelets as for watch bracelets that daily use creates a patina and adds a slightly worn look to the leather.
Charms may leave black marks on a leather bracelet. This is a natural reaction to the precious metal encountering the leather and will therefore not be accepted as consumer complaint.
Silk bracelets from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN are made from the finest silk quality. Silk is a natural product and must be treated accordingly. A silk bracelet must be treated gently and with care. Silk bracelets are fragile and more receptive to dirt and smudges than other materials. Light silk is more fragile than dark silk.
Daily use may cause wear to the silk fabric – just as it would to any other silk product, e.g. a silk blouse. Using the bracelet as a special occasion piece instead of using it every day spares the material significantly. Exposing the silk to water, oils, lotions, perfume, detergents etc. may change the appearance of the bracelet drastically.
Charms may leave black marks on a silk bracelet. This is a natural reaction to the precious metal’s encounter with the silk and will therefore not be accepted as consumer complaint.
Silk bracelets may be dry cleaned, but we do not recommend doing so as the procedure may change the appearance of the bracelet. Dirt and smudges caused by daily use will disappear, but deep marks and loose threads will not. The surface may fade, and the texture of the silk material risks becoming too supple.
Please note that slight variations of shade may occur between different bracelets of the same colour if the bracelets come from separate colour productions.
The lock on your piece of fine jewellery from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN has been correctly fastened once the locking mechanism clicks into place. An extra safely lock has been added to some of our jewellery, and this should also click in order for the lock to be correctly fastened. If the lock on your piece of jewellery does not make an audible click the jewellery should be submitted to an authorised OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN-retailer. The lock will be thoroughly examined and possibly repaired in our workshop.
Leather and silk bracelets have been correctly fastened once the loop has been gently pulled over the knot and the closing strap is pulled as tightly as possible to the knot.
Locks for earring studs should be frequently examined in order to ensure that the locking mechanism click upon placement on the earring. The lock can be tightened by gently squeezing the two sides of the lock.
The magnifying glass from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN is mineral lens. Clean the glass using lens cleaning solution and wipe the glass with a soft cotton cloth. Do not use paper.
The glass my shatter if lost and may be scratched through contact with other objects. Therefore, please be careful when wearing other pendant next to the monocle.
We hope that you find these recommendations for fine jewellery care useful – and that you will make good use of them. Thank you for purchasing an exquisite piece of fine jewellery from OLE LYNGGAARD COPENHAGEN!