It is impossible to shield your jewelry from daily hustle and bustle of life. After all, you purchase your jewelry item to enjoy wearing it and not to worry about it. But, you can keep your jewelry beautiful by limiting jewelry exposure to certain conditions by following the care and cleaning guidelines below:
These simple guidelines should help you keep your jewelry looking great for many years.
1) Do not wear your jewelry while doing rough work. Most jewelry are durable, but a hard blow can chip a stone.
2) Bring your jewelry to a qualified jeweler if you notice a loose stone setting, a moving stone, or any damage to your jewelry. It is a very good idea to have an expert jeweler check the setting in your ring annually, while you are watching.
3) Always remove your jewelry before bathing and grooming. Your jewelry should be as the final touch and put it on before you get on with your day. Avoid hairspray, gel, body lotion, moisturizer, perfume, make-up, and soap. Hairspray, gel, body lotion, moisturizer, perfume, make-up, and soap are chemicals that can leave a residue on jewelry, creating a dull film that is very difficult to clean and remove.
4) Always remove your jewelry when working with chlorine bleach. When silver is exposed to chlorine bleach, it causes to turn the silver to an unsightly black. Chlorine is also detrimental to gold as well.
5) It is permissible to use water to clean and rinse some jewelry; however make sure it’s dried thoroughly when you are done. Moisture cause tarnish on silver and weaken the springs and claps. Pearl and gemstone jewelry should never be soaked in water or worn when bathing. The stones in such jewelry may be glued into the settings, and moisture will cause the glue to loosen. This causes the stone to fall out and get lost. To avoid your jewelry to get water spots, you must make sure your jewelry items are thoroughly dry before placing them in an enclosed area.
6) Make sure to store your jewelry in a fabric lines cases or in a box with dividers or separate compartments. Jewelry pieces can be scratched when store together.
Your jewelry can become soiled and dusty over short time. Lotions, powders, soaps, even body oil can create a film on gemstones that will reduce your jewelry brilliance. Mountings can be oxidized or discolored by chemicals in the air. To keep your jewelry clean and maximize its beauty. The Jewelry Hut suggest to clean your jewelry by the methods shown below:
1) Prepare a small bowl of warm suds using any mild household detergent. Brush the jewelry with a soft brush until you have created a lather around it. With the jewelry placed on a plastic or metal strainer, rinse off with the warm water. Make sure not to clean your jewelry over the drain! Pat your jewelry dry with a soft, lint free cloths.
2) Prepare a solution of four parts cold water and one part very mild dishwashing detergent. Soak the jewelry pieces for several minutes. Take them out and tap gently around all sides of the mounting with a soft brush. Rinse the jewelry pieces in the solution once more and drain on the tissue paper.
3) Purchase one of the brand name liquid jewelry cleaners, one from The Jewelry Hut selection of “Blitz jewelry care & cleaning products”. Choose one that is best for the kind of stones and metals in your jewelry. Follow the instructions on the label very carefully.
4) There are many types of available for use to clean your jewelry items. They can be used to clean any jewelry item that can be soaked in a liquid water and detergent. A high frequency turbulence is created when the machine is turned on. Do not use the ultrasonic cleaners to clean jewelry mounted with emerald gemstone. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before using one these machines.
The above methods of cleaning are not suitable for pearls, lapis, corals, and many other gems. A very quick dip in plain Luke warm water is recommended for these fragile jewelry items.
Packing your jewelry, when traveling should be done with great care. There are many types of jewelry cases that are designed for jewelry travel. Most have velvet pads inside to attach pins and earrings, with compartments for bracelets and necklaces.