It's finally finished and I am so excited to share it with you all. I'd like to welcome you to Louy Magroos Jewellery Studio and Workshop- A new home for handmade jewellery.
I finally have a bright and happy jewellers workshop to create all your wonderful personalised jewellery and special keepsakes in. My beautiful jewellers workbench finally has a fitting space, and I am itching to get making lots of exciting new jewellery designs for the shop.
My trusty peg board is up and full of my treasured jewellers tools, making them so easy to grab to when creativity strikes, and clears more space on my bench to make a masterpiece (mess). Painted in Louy Magroos blue it also makes a bright background and cheery touch of colour to the white walls.
There really is nothing I love more than sitting at the bench and having a play.
I have some great new storage with some Ikea kitchen cabinets and worktop which is now home to my bigger and heavier tools such as my polisher and guillotine.
And a bookshelf for my favourite jewellery and silversmithing books.
I even gave my old desk a spruce up, I lime waxed it to lighten the wood and it makes for a much brighter finish to work on. My notice board is reused from my wedding, we made it as a seating plan for the reception and now it holds some of my favourite photos and inspirational quotes to make me smile.
The desk space is now a really cosy and happy place to do all those jobs I might have perhaps put off before, I can now do my accounts and product descriptions in comfort.
So there we go, what do you think? I couldn't be happier with how it has come together and I can't wait to get stuck in making again.
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We all need a little tender loving care at times and your jewellery is no exception. Here at Louy Magroos I use Sterling silver in all my designs, this is an alloy of pure silver and other metals, usually copper. I chose to use Sterling silver rather than pure silver because silver alone is too soft for everyday wear and will easily scratch and dent. The copper added to the silver to create sterling silver gives it strength, whilst still maintaining its beautiful colour and qualities that have been adored for thousands of years. Where appropriate all my jewellery is Hallmarked 925 Sterling Silver from Birmingham Assay Office alongside my unique makers mark. By UK law all silver jewellery over 7.8g requires testing and hallmarking, meaning you can buy in confidence with Louy Magroos.
Like most precious metals silver will tarnish, this means it dulls and turns grey/black in places, however all that is required is a clean to restore to all its former glory. Your silver jewellery turning a darker colour does not mean your jewellery is faulty, it just needs some love.
General wear and exposure to solvents such as hand cream, perfumes, chlorine, even the natural oils in your skin, can leave your jewellery looking a little dull at times. A little wipe over with a silver polishing cloth is usually all it takes to bring back its sparkle, but if you would like to have your piece professionally cleaned, polished, and restored to all its glory, I can do so for a small fee of £10 to cover the work and return postage. If you would like to take me up on this service click here for more information. To keep your jewellery looking it’s best here are a few tips to follow…
Caring for sterling silver jewellery
General wear can cause little scratches to your jewellery, but do not worry, over time these little scratches will add to the character of your jewellery, show it has been worn and loved. However I recommend removing your jewellery if you intend on doing work such as gardening that may result in deeper scratches. If you do accidently add deep scratches to your jewellery, get in touch and we can discuss removing them.
Exposure to solvents such as hand cream, perfumes, chlorine, even the natural oils in your skin, can speed up the tarnishing effect on your jewellery. Remove your jewellery before bathing, using hand cream or applying make up and perfumes.
Wearing your jewellery regularly will actually help slow down the tarnishing process, so enjoy your jewellery and wear it often.
Very occasionally there are people who have a slightly more acidic pH to their natural skin oils and sweat which can result in silver tarnishing almost immediately. In these cases there is little we can do other than recommending cleaning your jewellery with a cloth often and remove your jewellery if you are planning on strenuous activities.
Caring for oxidised silver jewellery
Many of my designs use oxidised silver to add contrasts, by blackening the letters of a personalisation it causes the text to stand out more. As my jewellery is hand stamped rather than computer engraved, there is a deep enough recess in the silver to mean that the black will not rub off or wear away, meaning your keepsake jewellery will stand the test of time. Oxidised jewellery requires little to no cleaning, however these simple tips will ensure your jewellery looks as good as new for as long as possible.
Remove any dirt, greasy finger prints or cosmetics before storing your jewellery.
Simply wipe over with a soft cloth, use soapy water if needed but be sure to dry thoroughly afterwards. Avoid hard cloths or brushes as this can scratch the surface of the silver and remove the effect.
Do not use chemical jewellery cleaners on your oxidised jewellery as this will remove or dull the black patina.
Like all jewellery do not store your oxidised pieces loose with other items, they can knock against each other and cause scratches that will remover the oxidised finish.
If your oxidised piece has been well worn and you would like it to be re-oxidised just get in touch.
Caring for pearls
Pearls are a natural stone and are much softer than many gemstones so need care taken to look after them and avoid getting scratched.
Wearing your pearls often will a help to maintain their natural lustre, the natural oils in your skin with help maintain their beautiful quality.
Make sure you remove any dirt with a soft cloth before storing away.
Pearls are porous and as such will take on water or any solvents such as cosmetics or perfume, it is very important to thoroughly dry your pearls if they get wet, and always remove before applying makeup or hand cream.
Never use chemical cleaners on your pearls, they will remove the natural lusture of the pearl making them dull.
Store your pearls separately to other jewellery, avoiding it knocking together and getting scratched.
When removing a pearl ring hold the metal shank of the ring rather than the pearl, this will reduce the pressure on the setting so it doesn’t work loose.
Storing your jewellery
Humidity and direct sunlight can cause tarnish, so store your jewellery in a dry environment away from direct sunlight.
Whilst my gift boxes make wonderful presentation for gifts they are not intended for long term storage.
Avoid storing jewellery in pouches together, store jewellery separately so that pieces do not tangle or rub against each other causing scratches.