Here's how to make your jewellery look great forever.
A clean piece of jewellery is a piece that will last you a lifetime or more. Here’s how to make yours look great forever.
- Remove all jewellery before taking a shower or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form on jewellery making it dull.
- There are many commercial cleaners available to clean jewellery at home. You will find a soft chamois cloth an effective and inexpensive way to keep your jewellery lustrous and shining.
- Be careful of chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures can permanently damage and discolour your jewellery. Do not wear gold while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.
- You can remove tarnish with jewellery cleaner or by using soap and water. After brushing simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow to dry.
- Grease can be removed from plain gold jewellery by dipping it in plain alcohol.
How to store your jewellery when not in use
When not wearing jewellery store it in soft cloth pouches , soft cloth wraps and plastic ziplock bags.
- Chains should lie flat to avoid kinks.
- Gold is strong but can still be scratched. So avoid placing pieces atop each other in a jewellery box or drawer.
- Store your ornaments in a dry place. Avoid extreme temperatures.
- Always store jewellery in separate pouches or wraps. Don’t stuff them into your jewellery box. Overcrowding could mean misplaced gems or lost jewellery if a small piece falls unnoticed from the case. You could even inadvertently bend a fragile piece or chip a delicate stone.
When you travel for your honeymoon
- Dont pack jewellery in bags that you wont be carrying yourself.
- Never leave jewellery in a hotel room. Keep it in the hotel’s safety deposit box when you are not wearing it.
- Use a body pouch under your clothing if you must carry a valuable piece of jewellery.
- Never go sightseeing with valuables in your purse or pocket.
Do’s and Don’ts for jewellery
- Keep your jewels clean. Care for them at home as well as take them to the jeweller for periodic cleanings.
- Check all clasps and prongs for gemstone security. Check gemstones themselves for any damage that may warrant recutting or repolishing.
- Leave earrings, gold chains or pendants on the rim of a sink or edge of a bathtub, they can easily slip down the drain.
- Wear makeup and hairspray over jewellery. Chemicals can damage it.
- Dont wear coloured gems in sunlight, rose quartz and amethyst they may fade.
- Never use toothpaste to clean jewellery.