You own the beautiful piece of jewellery and would like to keep it shining forever. But wearing it and storing it, will take its toll… unless you apply some of our tips.
Each type of jewellery is individual, has different needs, but most of the advice we collected can be applied to just any type of jewels.
The most important – take your jewellery off when you go to bed, when you go for a run or exercise, take it off when you are going to take part in activity that will make your jewellery wet, that is crucial if it is one of our silk or cotton pieces as the life of fabric will be dramatically reduced if worn when wet. Swimming pools are not good for your jewellery as the water contains chemicals that will react with some stones, it will also ruin silk pieces really quickly (if contact with some chemicals happen rinse it with water immediately). Apply any lotions or perfumes before you put your jewellery on, which can particularly damage stones like pearls or opals.
When wearing bigger or very delicate pieces, especially with stones, be careful not to wear it when there is a chance of knocking it, that could damage it and the cost to replace the stone could be as high as the new piece, or if it is a unique stone that could not be replaced.
Keep jewellery carefully stored and separated - not jumbled together in a draw. Keep chains fastened so that they don't get tangled up. Store it separately, ideally in a soft-lined box or case, so that your favourite pieces don’t tangle, rub or scratch one another. Avoid leaving your jewellery on chemically treated surfaces or on wood which can stain or speed up the tarnishing process. Keep it in a zip-lock bag. Over time, your jewellery comes in contact with moisture and air which causes it to eventually tarnish. Put it in a zip-lock bag and squeeze out all the air before sealing. Store your silver with chalk, chalk absorbs moisture, or if you find that dusty, invest in some dehumidifiers or silica packs. Avoid leaving it in sunlight. The colour of gemstones will become dull when exposed to too much light. Keep gold jewellery separately from silver jewellery.
To clean, gently rub gold and silver jewellery with a soft, clean cloth to maximise the shine. Jewellery set with gems can be brought to life by careful cleaning with a soft brush and soapy water, or with a proprietary jewellery cleaning solution. Wipe pearls with a soft damp cloth after wearing to remove perfume, hairspray and anything else likely to damage them. Don't use abrasive cleaners on jewellery. You can use silver 'dip' type cleaners on most silver jewellery - but rinse and dry them thoroughly. Don't use silver 'dip' type cleaning solutions on gold jewellery, only special jewellery cleaners.
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