Gold plating will gradually wear and start to show the sterling silver layer beneath. The gold plated layer typically lasts up to 1 year with gentle wear, and if you follow the care instructions. The places where it most comes into contact with your skin will be the first to fade as the oils in our skin wear down the gold.
I offer a re-plateing service for your piece for a charge of €45. Please contact me to arrage this service. This service typically takes 2-3 weeks. Please note that this service is only available for pieces of Andrea Mears Jewellery, and not other jewellery.
You can prolong the life of your gold plated jewellery by:
- Not wearing your jewellery in the sea, the shower or the pool as this will tarnish it.
- Keep it dry, store in the box it came it, and avoid leaving it in the bathroom.
- Apply any perfume, body lotion or creams and let dry before you put on your jewellery.
- Put your jewellery on last and take it off first.
- Sleeping in your gold plated jewellery will shorten its life, so take it off at night and store it safely.
How to care for your Jewellery
Your Andrea Mears jewellery is made from a variety of metal alloys and plated finishes, as well as genuine Swarovski crystals and semi precious stones.
Owing to the nature of the materials and how its made, your antique finished pieces will all look slightly different and unique.
Remove your jewellery before engaging in activities where it could get accidentally damaged such as exercising or swimming.
Do not get your jewellery wet or expose it to household chemicals, makeup, creams, hairspray or perfume as they will damage the plating and cause tarnishing and discolouration. Put your jewellery on last after applying these.
Wipe your jewellery with a soft clean cloth after wearing and always store in its original box to protect from damage and discolouration caused by the environment or sweat.
Handle with care. Due to the delicate nature of some of the materials, stones and crystals used, jewellery can be easily damaged by dropping on a hard surface.
What you need to know about shipping
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Postage is free in Ireland. All post is sent by registered post which is the fastest and safesy way to get your new treasures.
Once your order is dispatched you will receive a unique tracking code.
Please allow 2 working days once your receive your order dispatch email.
€13 charge. I use registered post to the UK as this is the safest and fastest way to get your new treasures to you!
Please note that shipping to the UK takes approximately 7 -10 working days.
Orders are shipped via An Post’s Registered Post and when your order is dispatched you will receive a unique tracking code.
There may be additonal delays owing to customs checks, and you may be liable for their charges upon delivery.
€12 charge. I use registered post to European countries as this is the safest and fastest way to get your new treasures to you!
Please that shipping to some EU countries is unfortunatly taking longer than normal at the moment. This is outside of my control but you can track your order on https://www.anpost.com/Post-Parcels/Track/Search
Orders are shipped via An Post’s Registered Post and when your order is shipped, you will receive a unique tracking code. Note that tracking is not always available within all countries, and accurate updates are dependant on your local postal service scanning the packet.
€13-€16 depending on your location. The total cost will be calculated at checkout. Orders are shipped via An Post by registered post, and when your order is dispatched you will receive a unique tracking code. Note that tracking is not available within all countries.
If you have any questions on shipping please contact me here.
USA customers can track their orders on https://www.anpost.com/Post-Parcels/Track/Search while it is in Ireland and once it arrives in the USA you can use the same code to track it on https://www.usps.com
Accurate updates are dependant on your local postal service scanning the packet. Thank you for your patience.