Kathleen Benham Jewellery

Care instructions


* Don't handle your leather piece with greasy hands if possible. Wipe clean with a lightly damp cloth. 

* Also don't handle your leather pieces too much, especially the hair on hide pieces. They can start to shed or the foils can start to wear off if overly handled.

* All leather pieces, including hand painted ones are finished with a layer of lacquer. This does not make them waterproof, so please don't wear them in the shower or swimming. 


Kathleen Benham necklaces are carefully handmade in my studio in Melbourne and should last a long time depending on your treatment of them. To ensure the life of your piece you can:

* Clean your (non-lacquered) beads or earrings using a damp cloth or a baby wipe.
* Be careful of clothing with non-colourfast dyes as the dye can rub off on the beads and stain them. For difficult stains, use nail polish remover (non-acetone), but please note it may remove some of the coloured pigment from your beads.
* As leather is a natural material it can degrade over time so try to avoid contact with make-up, perfume, oils and moisture. If you need replacement leather or waxed cotton cord, please email me at: hello@kathleenbenham.com.au and I can send you a replacement for a small charge.
* Avoid tugging or pulling on your necklace
* Clean silver chain or silver jump rings by gently wiping with a silver polishing cloth – these can be purchased at any supermarket
* Store your jewels in a cool dry place. I like to store mine in a jewellery box or zip locked bag.
* For earrings that have metal leaf, try and store these in a zip lock bag or jewellery box so the metal doesn’t oxidise

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