Jewellery is personal, precious and often associated with memories of significant sentimental value, which is why you want to make sure you look after it well. Here are our top tips to keep your jewellery looking its best…
CARING FOR DIAMONDS
Diamonds can easily scratch other jewellery, even other diamonds, so the best thing you can do is keep your diamond jewellery in a fabric lined jewellery case with dividers.
Prevent damage by taking your diamond jewellery off when doing rough work like gardening.
Diamonds should be cleaned regularly as your natural skin oils can apply a film that reduces their brilliance. Come in and see us, we’ll show you how to clean it and can also check for wear and tear.
CARING FOR GEMSTONES
Wipe your precious stone jewellery with a clean, soft damp cloth after wearing. When it’s not being worn, store in a soft cloth pouch.
With some gemstones, such as opal, avoid salt water and chemicals like chlorine bleach, detergents, hairspray and perfume. Wipe clean instantly if they come into contact.
All gemstones are different, ask us for advice on how to clean yours and if repolishing is necessary.
CARING FOR GOLD
Store gold jewellery carefully to prevent scratching – a compartmentalised jewellery box makes this easy.
Take off your gold jewellery when bathing, showering or washing up – soap tends to cause a film that makes it appear dull.
Regularly clean your gold jewellery as perfumes, fluoride in water or even the acidity in your skin can cause discolouration.
CARING FOR SILVER
Over time silver will tarnish. Simply clean with a mild soap and water solution then pat dry with a soft cloth. If tarnish is stubborn, try a silver cleaner. Use a polishing cloth or fine piece of felt to prevent scratches.
After the use of silver cleaning products, it’s important to rinse thoroughly, normally with hot water (being mindful of any stones set in it).
Avoid wearing silver jewellery in chlorinated water and store somewhere sealed and dry.
If tarnishing bothers you, you can opt to have your silver jewellery Rhodium plated, which can be a low-cost and reliable solution. Ask us for more information.
If you’d like more care/cleaning advice or ideas for safe places to store your jewellery, please call in and see us with any questions.