CARING FOR YOUR GOLD JEWELRY

Most of the jewelry is made of Gold. Although it comes in various purity, the procedure to clean it remains the same.

  • Gold jewelry should be removed before the shower. This is because soap can cause a film to form on gold jewelry, making it appear dull and dirty.

  • You will find many cleaners available in the market to clean your gold jewelry at home. A soft cloth is a good option.

  • Avoid chlorine, as it is disastrous. At high temperatures, it can permanently damage or discolor your gold jewelry. Do not wear gold jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.

  • You can remove tarnish by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Carefully brush with a soft bristle brush. After the brushing, simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow drying.

  • Grease can be removed from gold jewelry by dipping the jewelry into plain rubbing alcohol.

 

CARING FOR YOUR DIAMOND JEWELRY

Diamonds are tough but they aren’t indestructible. The below suggestion will help you to clean and care for your diamond.

 

  • Never wear your diamond while doing rough or hard work.

  • Chlorine can damage and discolor your diamond jewelry. Keep your diamond away from chlorine bleach or other household chemicals. You should also remove your diamond jewelry before entering a chlorinated pool or hot tub.

  • Clean your diamonds regularly using jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution and use a soft brush to wipe dust or dirt from under the setting.

  • Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle clean jewelry by its edges.

CARING FOR YOUR COLOR STONE JEWELRY

There are some general care and cleaning rules that apply to all colored gemstone jewelry.

 

  • After wearing, wipe your precious gemstone jewelry thoroughly with a clean soft, slightly wet/moist cloth. This will enhance the gemstone's luster and ensure that your jewelry is clean before storage.

  • Store gemstone pieces individually in soft pouches.

  • Do not expose your precious gemstone pieces to salt water or harsh chemicals, such as chlorine or detergents. These chemicals may slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones.

  • Hair spray, perfume, and perspiration may cause jewelry to become dull.

  • Wear jewelry after applying cosmetics.

  • If you have an active lifestyle, take extra precautions with some types of gemstone jewelry. Emeralds, for example, are brittle and should not be worn when doing household tasks or any other activity where the stone could be hit or damaged.

  • Be extra careful with ultrasonic cleaners. Some gemstones are fragile and can be damaged by ultrasonic cleaners.

CARING FOR YOUR PEARL JEWELRY

 

  • Keep pearls away from household chemicals like hair spray, makeup, and perfumes which can dull their luster over time and cause spots and blotches.

  • Since pearl is very soft, choose pearls with thick nacre which can last long and withstand wear over time.

  • The best way is to wear them often because the body's natural oils keep them lustrous.

  • Pearls should be wiped with a soft cloth before being stored and kept separate from other precious metals or gemstones that might scratch or dull their tender surfaces.

WEARING YOUR JEWELRY

Jewelry is worn by many people every day, you can preserve your treasures by using some simple advanced planning and thought. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when wearing jewelry:
 

  • When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house, and other common tasks.

  • Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes, and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.

  • Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result, it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.

  • Hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved. All jewelry should be removed before play begins.

 

CLEANING YOUR JEWELRY

For those that wear jewelry regularly, keeping their jewelry clean, shiny, and looking good requires regular effort. Here are some general guidelines that may help:
 

  • Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dirty. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.

  • Polish silver or gold jewelry with a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. You can use professional clothes which are the best. The use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibers in these products.

  • Cleaning your jewelry regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning solution yourself. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders, but bleach can literally destroy jewelry so avoid it at all costs.

  • Using warm water is the best when cleaning your own jewelry. How water can cause a reaction with the cleaning fluids resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.

  • Never clean any jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.

  • Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.

STORING YOUR JEWELRY

To improve the enjoyment of your jewelry, we've assembled these suggestions that should keep your jewelry organized and orderly:
 

  • 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 fabric.

  • Sometimes jewelry tarnishes and is not able to be worn, especially silver and gold. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry.

  • Unfortunately, jewelry can get lost or stolen. Taking a regular inventory can be incredibly useful when making an insurance claim or filing a police report. A photograph, a written physical description of each piece, and its cost are ideal. Furthermore, store that information apart from your jewelry in the event it is taken too.

  • Travelling can be tough for jewelry, so it's wise to use a travel case to protect your favorite pieces. Traditionally made of fabric or leather, a jewelry travel case can carry jewelry of all types and easily rolls up to a size that's easily stored in most suitcases, makeup cases or business attaches. Clearly, a case like this is a good investment to protect your jewelry on the road.