Vintage and antique jewellery deserves tender, loving care and taking a little time to look after your precious jewellery should ensure that you can enjoy it for years to come. We recommend the following:
All furs, and vintage in particular, benefit from correct storage and cleaning. When not being worn for prolonged periods (such as the summer months) furs should be kept in cold storage if possible and a specialist furrier should be able to give you advice on this subject.
You should never attempt to wash or clean your fur yourself and should always have the item specialist cleaned. Vintage furs in particular benefit from specialist cleaning, especially if you do not know when the fur was last cleaned or where it was stored.
Always be sure to let your fur dry naturally if you have been out in the rain and hang up on a sturdy (not thin metal) coat hanger and place in a cool, dry and dark wardrobe or closet until you next wear it. Never leave your fur exposed to sunlight.
Vintage Bags & Handbags
- Leather & Exotic Skin Handbags
Avoid getting your bag wet and if it does get caught in rain allow to dry naturally. Use only a specialist cleaning product appropriate to the particular type of leather/skin of your handbag.
Never wash patent leather handbags with detergent – use a small amount of baby oil to clean/restore instead.
- Silk/Satin/Fabric Evening Bags
Never attempt to wash the bag yourself, always seek specialist dry cleaning advice. Again avoid getting the bag wet (many fabrics will not recover from this).
Beaded or decorated bags that suffer damage should be repaired immediately as failure to deal with a broken thread etc could lead to large areas of decoration becoming unravelled!
Your bags will benefit from being stored away from light and strong smells.