Care, Cleaning & Storage for your Jewellery

 

The jewellery we own and buy often has high sentimental value. To treasure it, it is important to understand how to maintain it, to ensure that it stays as shiny as it was when we first laid eyes on it.

Here are some everyday jewellery care tips for studded and non-studded precious jewellery.

à        Put on your jewellery after you have applied lotions, creams, hairspray, and perfumes as these contain chemicals that can damage some gemstones, and even cause metal to get dull.

à        Avoid wearing precious jewellery during physical activities like exercise, swimming and even during the shower or cleaning dishes. Sweat, chlorine and chemicals in soaps & shampoos can react with the metal, causing it to lose its radiance. In addition, vigorous activities can impact the setting or dent the metal.

à        Refrain from using jewellery cleaners regularly, as they contain chemicals like ammonia which have harmful effects on the jewellery, especially gemstone studded and metal centric designs.

à        Be careful with exposure to heat and excess light (like UV rays) as some gemstones may be adversely affected by it.

We recommend having your jewellery cleaned from a trusted jeweller at least once a year to safely remove any dirt and dust that collects from prolonged wearing that hampers the lustre of the piece. It is important to keep in mind that every individual gemstone and every jewellery style involves different handling, so it is best to consult the jeweller you have purchased it from.

 

Studded Jewellery

Cleaning:

The safest home method for cleaning studded jewellery is soaking it in a solution of warm water with a drop of mild soap.  Allow it to soak until the dirt and dust softens and releases itself from the metal and setting cavities. Avoid using a brush to scrub out the dirt, as this may damage the metal or setting. If needed for intricate areas, use a soft brush like a makeup brush. Rinse the piece with water and dry it with a soft cloth before storing.

Do not use ultrasonic cleaners without consulting a jewellery specialist, as the vibration and solution are not friendly for all kinds of jewellery.

 

 

Storing:

Always store your studded jewellery in the box provided at the time of purchase or in a jewellery box with soft padding & style specific slots or pockets.

Do not keep multiple pieces close to each other to avoid friction and scratching.

Precaution for Unsecure Stones:

If you find that a diamond has loosened from its setting, immediately stop wearing that piece of jewellery and take it to a professional jeweller for repair as soon as possible.

 

Non- studded Jewellery

Cleaning:

The same home technique of soap water solution mentioned above can be used for plain metal jewellery as well, for any kind of metal. Do not use a toothbrush to scrub the dirt that may be stuck, as unintentional force may scratch the metal. Allow it to soak until the dirt is soft enough to release itself. Wipe dry with a soft cloth and polish with a soft polish cloth if necessary.

Storing:

Store your pieces in individual pouches to protect them from scratches, or in a padded jewellery box. Avoid storing multiple jewellery items together, especially those with chains and flexible parts to keep them scratch free.

For silver jewellery, special precaution should be taken while storing and wearing, as silver tarnishes due to the presence of oxides and sulphides in the air. Also, since it is a soft metal, it is easily prone to scratches. Store your silver jewellery in an airtight box or zip lock bag, or if available in an anti-tarnish bag or anti-tarnish cloth to minimize exposure with air. Wipe with a soft polish cloth before wearing.

When traveling, protect your jewellery pieces from scratches or other impact by packing it carefully in a hard-shell jewellery box with soft inner padding and slits or pockets for safely storing each piece.

Regular care for your jewellery and having a jeweller clean and examine them for loose settings will help you avoid losing your precious investment and allow you to hand over beautiful well-kept heirlooms to future generations.

 

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