Jewelry is like an extension to one’s body, a form of language. Its purpose is to please the eye, but more importantly to express personality. It is a thing of beauty and oftentimes expensive that is why it should be treated with love and care.
To ensure that your “precious” stay as perfect and beautiful as the day you got them, keep in mind these simple dos and don’ts:
- Remove during tasks to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals.
- Put it on just before you step out, cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes, lotion can contain chemicals that can damage jewelry.
- Wearing it in swimming pools and spas is a no-no, chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and structural damage.
- Do not mix with contact sports, hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved.
- Remove it before bathing, soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy.
Gold jewelry of any karat can be cleaned lightly using a soft cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, soak your gold jewelry in a glass of warm water with a drop or two of non-detergent soap for 5-10 minutes to help remove any oils and loosen build-up. Remove after a few minutes and pat dry with a soft cloth. To clean further, use a very soft, worn toothbrush to carefully remove any dirt particles or debris from more intricate components and settings.
Clean you silver beauties like how you would with gold. And those with a high-polish surface, you can use a special silver cleaning cloth to restore the shine. For those matte finish, make a watery paste of baking soda and water and rub gently to restore surface.
You will probably be wearing your ring on a daily basis, so it will need to be cleaned every 1-2 weeks at least. Most rings made of gold, platinum, diamond, sapphires and rubies can be cleaned by the same method to clean gold. Use a baby toothbrush and gently clean around and under the stone settings. Rinse in warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
Pearls are beautiful, organic gems and need very special care and treatment to maintain their natural beauty and lustre. Never clean with commercial jewelry cleanser or put in an ultrasonic cleaner. Pearls can be washed in water with a mild, non-detergent soap and cleaned with a soft cloth. Lay them on a clean towel to dry. Do not wear strand while it is wet as the silk or string can stretch. Do not hang them to dry.
Store your jewelry in a container and prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined jewelry boxes are ideal, this can be as simple as using a shoebox and pieces of soft fabric. When travelling, use a travel case made lined with fabric as well to protect your favorite pieces.