03 May How to Care for Your Jewelry
Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasures can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your pieces sparkling for years to come. This guide will explain you how.
Store jewelry separately
First things first, having a safe place to store each piece of fine jewelry is essential. Jewelry pieces can easily scratch or knock each other if stored together. Keep your jewelry in soft-lined compartments and take care to close any fastenings so items do not catch or tangle. If you want to make sure that your chain necklaces will not get tangled up, use a straw to keep your pieces separated. Open the lock of your chain necklace and put one side of the chain in a straw and the other side out, then simply close the lock again. When travelling, take extra time to pack and unpack your jewelry correctly.
Jewelry should be kept in a closed, soft-lined box, away from direct sunlight, damp and extremes of heat and cold. This will not prevent silver from oxidizing, however you could consider storing any silver pieces in airtight bags to minimize this, while a piece of chalk or a bag of silica inside your jewelry box (change it for a new one every couple of months) will absorb moisture and sulphur in the air that can cause jewelry to lose its shine.
Wrap gold, silver, precious and semi-precious pieces in acid-free tissue or cotton to keep them away from dust and moisture.
Wear with care
Your jewelry should always be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off so your clothes do not catch on it. Apply makeup and hairspray first so they do not contaminate your jewels, making sure to let everything dry before adding the finishing touches. When at the hairdresser, remove earrings or necklaces if you are having your hair colored as the chemicals can cause discoloration. Remove rings and bangles at the manicurist.
Be especially careful to remove your jewelry before doing any manual work, including housework, as it can be damaged by knocks and household cleaners. Make sure not to remove your jewelry over a sink or any open drain. Pieces can easily slip right down the drain… It might sound like common sense, but mishaps such as this happen all the time.
Keep your treasures away from water, particularly hot water, sun and other chemical agents to avoid discoloration and tarnishing. Soap, cosmetics, cooking grease and natural skin oils also tend to leave a film on gems.
If your jewels do come into contact wit water or any chemicals, use a dry soft tissue or towel to gently pat them dry. Household cleaners or chemicals in makeup, hair products and perfumes can all potentially damage or discolor jewelry.
Gently clean your jewelry occasionally to remove any oils, dust or contamination. Fine jewelry should be deep-cleaned at least once per year. Be careful not to rub or to over-handle jewelry as this can also cause damage.
We hope this jewelry care guide offered some insight and that these tips will help your jewelry stay sparkling for years to come.
How do you care for your jewelry? Share your tips and tricks in the comments!