Here’s how you can care for your jewellery and keep them as good as new to be handed over to your great grandchildren!
Regular cleansing of your gems are a must. If you are wearing a stone as a ring, then it is bound to collect dust and grime as a residue of soaps and creams. All you have to do is soak them in a mix of water and a gentle detergent and brush it away with a soft brush or a baby toothbrush. Wipe it dry with a soft cloth. Hard stones like sapphire can be cleaned with a wee bit of ammonia to remove the accumulated film on the surface and restore its sheen.
It is advisable to not wear precious gems on a daily basis as regular wear and tear can result in chipping of the surface and it can diminish the value of the stone and also steal its lustre. Wear it sparingly.
Stones like pearls, turquoise and coral are porous in nature and highly absorbent. Care for these in a gentle way. While cleaning them do not us soap or any cleanser with chemicals, they will lose their sheen. All they need is a gently wipe with a damp, soft cloth.
Make sure you store your gems separately, so that they don’t clash and result in scratches. Never store your gem jewellery in a single pile. Keep them all separate and you can enjoy its beauty for a long time.
Gold jewellery care
If treated carefully, the gold jewelry item you purchase today could last a lifetime and might even be handed down to future generations. So here are some tips that will help preserve the beauty of your gold jewelry. First of all, gold is lasting and durable but can get scratched or dented if treated roughly. This is particularly true of items worn on the hands like rings and bracelets that are prone to a lot of knocks. So remove these pieces before any type of strenuous activity. Second, beware of chemicals. Gold's worst enemy is chlorine. Repeated exposure can weaken gold's structure, eventually leading to breakage. So keep your gold jewelry away from chlorinated cleaning products and out of swimming pools and jacuzzis. On a related note, acids, abrasives and other harsh chemicals found in some common household cleaning solutions can weaken your jewelry or damage its finish. So it's best to cover up rings and bracelets with rubber gloves while doing heavy-duty cleaning. Or better yet, take them off altogether. Gold can lose its luster over time if repeatedly exposed to dust, moisture, perspiration and makeup. So make sure to clean your jewelry regularly. You can use a cleaning solution of sudsy, lukewarm water, or bring it to your local jeweler and have it professionally steam-cleaned. After cleaning and rinsing, always dry and polish jewelry with a chamois or soft cloth to avoid scratches and bring out its shine. Proper storage is as important as cleaning. Protect your gold jewelry by storing it safely in a jewelry box or keeping it wrapped in a soft cloth when not being worn. Furthermore, keeping pieces stored separately will prevent them from getting tangled or scratching one another. Finally, always inspect your gold jewelry for weakness or damage and bring it to a professional jeweler you trust for immediate repair. Pay particular attention to clasps (to ensure they catch easily but are still secure); prongs (to ensure they haven't cracked, bent or loosened, which could cause the stone to fall out); bracelet and neck chain links (to ensure they don't kink or bend); pin backs and earring posts (to see if they are bent or loose); and wedding bands, pendants and charms (dangling pieces and items worn every day for a long period of time) are subject to wear and can thin out and eventually break. Your jeweler will be able to handle these and many other repair jobs and ultimately restore your gold jewelry for you.
Platinum jewellery care
Platinum is very easy to care for. Soaking platinum in a mild solution of soap and warm water and gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush is usually all that is required to maintain the metal's lustre. While it is the strongest of jewellery metals, platinum can scratch. However, the metal is only displaced, not lost Many people prefer the patina of wear unique to platinum. Have your platinum jewellery polished if you are interested in maintaining a high shine. In the mean time, buffing with a soft cloth can give your jewellery renewed lustre. Look for a qualified jeweller or platinum trained bench worker for all adjustments, resizing, polishing and cleaning. As with any piece of jewellery, avoid wearing it when doing housework or gardening. It is also advisable not to handle bleach or harsh chemicals when wearing your jewellery. Although they won’t hurt the platinum, chemicals may discolour diamonds or gemstones. Avoid placing your platinum jewellery with other pieces that can scratch it. Store pieces separately, in a jewellery box or chamois bag.