Every jewelry lover knows that fine jewelry lasts a lifetime, but a simple mistake in caring for your treasured pieces could ruin it all. Understanding how to protect and take care of the most beloved parts of your collection can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.
That’s why we put together 4 of our top secrets on jewelry care. We love drama, but not in our jewelry boxes!
1. When cleaning, keep it simple:
Yes, it’s a no brainer. Most gems can be cleaned with warm water, mild dish soap (no detergents!) and a soft brush or lint-free cloth. Every time you rinse your jewelry, remember to do it in a glass of water. Rinsing directly in the sink could mean loose stones or even an entire piece slipping down the drain!
On the other hand, soft gems – such as pearls – can scratch easily. Clean them with a clean makeup brush and soapy water, and rinse as before. Who would want to ruin something as beautiful as this white gold necklace with diamonds and black pearls?
Remember that though you can purchase a professional ultrasonic cleaner for $150 or less, not all gems and jewelry can be safely cleaned in it. Additionally, the vibration generated by the machine can shake gems loose from settings, or even chip them.
2. When it’s sunny and hot out, wear your gems in moderation:
Your skin is not the only thing that can get damaged by sunlight. Over time and in excess, light can also affect gems and precious metals. Some of them are more likely to bleach, such as amethyst and pearls, while others, like amber, can darken.
Sudden temperature changes or excessive heat may also be harmful for some of your favorite pieces and can strip the natural moisture the gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for example, may dry out, discolor, or even crack, and so may opals.
So if you’re in the mood for a relaxing vacation at a summer destination, make sure you save this white gold flower pendant with diamonds, sapphires and amethysts for after-pool fun.
3. Run away from chemicals – ALWAYS:
Many everyday chemicals are dangerous for jewelry lovers.
A lot of the chemicals in our cosmetics and cleansers can damage and discolor precious metals (yes, even gold and platinum) and harm some colored gems.
Everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, perfume, or other cosmetics can permanently damage the surface of almost any porous gem, such as turquoise.
Also, handle your gems and pearls as little as possible to avoid your natural oils dulling them. Don’t worry, we get you… it’s very hard to keep yourself from touching these gorgeous white gold medium hoop earrings with diamonds all day long. They’re just irresistible!
4. Store your jewelry separately:
Different gemstones have different hardness, and can scratch each other when stored together. Our advice? Keep your jewelry in soft-lined compartments and make sure to close any fastenings to avoid tangles.
A wise move? Keep the boxes and packaging the jewelry comes in. It’s the easiest and often the best way to protect it from dust and damage.
Wrap gold, silver, precious, and semi-precious items in acid-free tissue or cotton to keep them away from dust and moisture. For example, this triple banded gold ring with three different types of gold and diamonds certainly needs triple care.
Take extra care with pearls, which are soft and vulnerable to scratches and other damage.
If you found these tips valuable, don’t miss out on our blog post on how to extend the life of your jewelry.
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