How to take care of your jewelry:
Take care of your jewelry and it will shine for years. While every piece of jewelry looks beautiful, they can end up looking faded and may lose their shine if not cared for well. If you want your jewelry to look as good as new then you need to take good care of it. Follow these simple steps to take care of your jewelry.
- Keeping it looking good:
- Take off your jewelry before you perform any sports.
- Gently clean your jewelry with a soft clean cloth to maximize the shine.
- Sort out your jewelry whether it is imitation, pearl, gold, and silver so that you can use different methods for cleaning them. Place them separately not jumbled together. If possible separate gold and all other jewels from each other. Keep pearls especially in a different bag or box. Make sure that pearls' container is not too dry or airtight.
- Store your jewelry in zip or drawstring purses. Ensure that they of soft cloth like chintz, velvet or cotton. Avoid linen, net, georgette and jersey. This is the best way to protect your jewelry from external elements. If not you can also put them in wooden boxes their walls lined with foam and lay them on soft cotton wool.
- Keep your chains clasped to keep them from getting tangled.
- Ask your local jewelry maker to inspect your jewelry on a regular basis for any damage. Try yourself not to harm it too much by dropping it or keeping it along with other sharp jewelry.
- Use silver ‘dip’ type cleaners for cleaning silver jewelry. It is safer and the most effective way to retain shine in jewelry but don’t leave your jewelry in the dip for more than a few seconds. Make sure you dry them properly post cleaning.
- Regularly polish your platinum and silver jewelry to avoid tarnishing. Polish them weekly or at least once a month.
- Gemstone jewelry needs to be taken extra care of, and you can do this by cleaning it with a soft brush and mild soapy water. You may also clean these items using jewelry cleaning solution as recommended by a professional.
- Clean your antique jewelry only with the advice of a specialist or you risk ruining it. Don't take it near things that are high in acidity or chemical.
2. Know what to avoid:
- Try not to expose your jewelry to everyday chemicals such as hair products, cosmetics, perfumes, or direct sunlight as they are likely to damage them. Keep them away from vinegar, lemon and acidic foods as well.
- Avoid getting beaded or threaded pearl jewelry wet they may lose their sheen. Simply wipe them with a soft damp cloth if they are exposed to cosmetics or perfume. Consult your jeweler whether it is safe to clean them with mild soap or toothpaste.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaners on jewelry. The chemicals in these cleaner are extremely harsh; and are likely to strip the metals. Use them only for silver and gold and only when it is necessary since they aren’t always the best solution.
- Don’t use silver ‘dip’ cleaners on gold jewelry. Make use of jewelry cleaners intended solely for the purpose of cleaning gold.
- Do not try to clean damaged jewelry the problem can get worse.