If you love to wear jewelry, then you must know that you have to appropriately care for your jewelry and keep it clean in order for it to last.
Here are some tips to caring for your jewels properly:
- Be careful with light and heat. Light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture these gems need to keep their beauty.
- Keep your jewelry away from chemicals. Chemicals can damage or discolor precious metals and may harm some colored gems. Everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, perfume, or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that will permanently damage the surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous stones. Fine jewelry should be removed before swimming or using household cleaners.
- Safely store your jewelry. Avoid scratches and damaged gems by never tossing them into drawers or on top of dressers. Most jewelry pieces come in a box or pouch from the store, which is a perfect place to keep them. Sterling silver should be kept in an anti-tarnish bag or cloth. Jewelry boxes that feature individually padded slots for rings and posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets are great for storing jewelry. Protect your jewelry pieces from scratches or other impact damage when traveling by padding them in a separate box or case.
- Jewelry should be checked every six months and cleaned frequently. Look for a jeweler with professional training and a good reputation. You could also clean the jewelry yourself. The safest cleaning methods are also the easiest.
There are four types of cleaning for four types of jewels:
Use a good silver polish that contains ingredients that dissolve and remove tarnish while leaving behind a protective coating to prevent new tarnish from forming. You can use a liquid polish or wipes if a liquid gets too messy.
Use a few drops of dish soap and warm water. Put small jewelry pieces into a strainer before placing them in the solution. Soak for about five minutes. Swish the items around, then take them out, lay them on a soft cloth and go over the crevices and chain links with a soft toothbrush to dislodge any dirt trapped there. Return small pieces to the strainer and rinse everything under running water. Buff dry with a soft cloth.
- Diamonds & Gem Stones:
Use the same instructions for cleaning gold EXCEPT instead of using regular water, mix the dish soap with seltzer water. The carbonation helps to loosen soil and remove debris trapped in the settings and on the facets.
- Pearls & Porous Stones
To clean pearls gently, start by laying the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a clean, small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo, and go over each pearl. To finish, rinse the pearls with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching. Never soak pearls as doing so can cause the string to weaken and break.
Keep your jewelry looking bright and new! Proper care is key!