Jewellery Care 101
What you need to know about taking care of your jewellery...
Though most fine jewellery is made to last a lifetime, we always recommend our clients take the time to learn about jewellery care and the steps to take to protect their pieces from everyday wear and tear. Many people don’t understand the importance of regular cleaning and maintenance and aren’t even sure how to properly clean their pieces!
So, without further ado, let’s go over some important tips that will help you take care of your precious jewellery!
YOUR JEWELLERY NEEDS A REGULAR CHECK-UP
Many people make the mistake of never returning to their jeweller for frequent check-ups after making a purchase. But just like a car that needs a regular tune-up, your jewellery should be taken into a jeweller to have it checked and professionally cleaned. We recommended doing this every six months or at most every year so that your piece remains as shiny and beautiful as when you first bought it!
Nothing is worse than losing a precious gemstone from a ring. With your regular check-ups, you can ensure your claws are in good condition and there are no loose stones.
REFER TO A PROFESSIONAL FOR REPAIRS
Bring your damaged items to a professional jeweller, you can trust goldsmiths have exceptional attention to detail and great pride in returning your pieces looking like new!
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR JEWELLERY
When cleaning your pieces, a jewellery-cleaning solution or a mild detergent mixed with water is suggested. If you want to clean under the claws, use a soft toothbrush to get into those hard-to-reach places. To clean pearls or any porous gemstones such as opal, only a soft cloth is recommended.
If you’re having trouble removing tarnish from your sterling silver, it is best to purchase silver cleaner and rinse well after dipping.
COMMON CLEANING MISTAKES
Toothpaste is best used on your teeth, not on your fine jewellery. There are particles in toothpaste that will scratch metal and gemstones and harden in small openings making it difficult for a jeweller to remove.
HOW TO STORE YOUR JEWELLERY
The final step in taking care of your jewellery is making sure it is stored properly. Some people will keep their pieces in a safe, while others will use a jewellery box.
Loose stones should be kept in a soft pouch, so they don’t get scratched or scratch other pieces. When it comes to fine chain and necklaces, make sure they are clasped and laid flat before you store them to prevent tangling. Better yet, hang them on a necklace tree or get creative with some ideas from Pinterest.
Regarding silver pieces, make sure they are kept in a dry, cool place in order to avoid tarnishing. A little hint… to slow the tarnishing process you can store your jewellery with a piece of chalk. You can also purchase an anti-tarnish bag if you plan on not wearing the item frequently.