It’s important to take good care of our prized possessions, especially jewellery, so that we can keep it in perfect condition. Your treasured items need to be preserved so they can come out to be worn on special occasions and ultimately so they can become the heirlooms of the future.
Keeping jewellery such as gold rings and earrings, sterling silver personalized monogram bracelets, and pearl necklaces in tip-top shape by cleaning them regularly and storing them properly keeps them in the best possible condition.
Constant use and exposure to light, heat, and chemicals can affect the quality of jewellery. Pearls can dry out and crack when exposed to excessive heat and precious metals can discolour when exposed to chemicals such as chlorine. Here are some great tips to help you look after your jewellery properly…
Put on last, take off first
Jewelry items should be the last thing you put on in the morning so that they won’t be corroded by perfume or hair spray. At night, it should be the first thing you take off so it won’t get caught in your clothes. Wipe each piece of jewellery with a clean, soft cloth to remove perspiration, oils, and other substances prior to storage. Always remove jewellery before doing physical exercise and before bathing or dunking in a hot tub or swimming pool.
Clean them gently
Gold and silver, and most coloured gems, can be cleaned with mild soap, warm water, and a soft brush. Rinse your jewellery with cold water and dry items carefully with a soft, lint-free cloth. Be gentle when handling pieces with gemstones to avoid loosening or removing the stones. When cleaning in the sink, make sure the drain stopper is in place. Also use a rubber mat to keep the pieces from slipping. When dry, you can polish the pieces with a jewelry cloth. Adopt a ‘gently does it’ mantra and handle with care at all times.
Pay special attention to precious stones
Precious gems can scratch or become fractured, so avoid contact with hard surfaces or throwing them casually onto your dresser. Diamonds, even though considered as the hardest, are still fragile and may break when subjected to extreme changes in temperature. Jewellery with precious stones should be handled with special care, and you should carefully check their settings to see if they have become loose. If the stone needs to be re-set, take your jewellery to a professional jeweller to fix it.
Store them properly
Jewellery should be kept in original boxes to avoid scratching with other items. If the original cases have been discarded, invest in quality velvet-lined padded jewellery boxes that allow you to organize your collection. Have separate compartments for rings, necklaces, earrings, and
bracelets. It’s important to keep your jewellery pieces separate from one another to avoid scratches, especially on pearls and gemstones. Sterling silver must be kept in an anti-tarnish bag or wrapped in anti-tarnish cloth.
Schedule a regular check-up
It’s important to have your most precious pieces checked for loose parts, cleaned, and re-set or restrung professionally. Make sure you take them to a professionally qualified jeweller on a relatively regular basis. Remember, this is a specialist item so needs specialist care if possible. You wouldn't let just anyone loose on an expensive car so don’t do the same with your irreplaceable jewellery items.
Looking after your treasured jewellery can make a world of difference in keeping it bright and beautiful for years. Follow these tips and your jewellery can become your family’s prized heirlooms.