When you first buy your jewellery, it looks stunning. But over time this may change. It could get dirty, tarnish, or lose its shine. However, if you follow some simple tips on how to care for it, you can keep it looking its best for as long as possible.
- Treat your jewellery with care. Keep jewellery in a safe place when you aren’t wearing it, and wipe it with a clean, soft, damp cloth after each wear (a microfibre jewellery cloth, preferably).
- Avoid scratching the jewellery against rough surfaces, and do not leave it in the sun or in an area that is very hot or very cold. Also be careful that it does not come in contact with harsh chemicals.
- Chlorine can damage your jewellery, so avoid wearing jewellery while swimming.
- Do not have jewellery on while applying makeup, perfume, hairspray or lotion. Always put your jewellery on last.
- Avoid getting jewellery in contact with food. This includes taking your rings off before washing dishes by hand.
- If you are cleaning your jewellery in the sink, put in a plug or strainer to make sure you don’t lose anything.
- Consider buying individual bags for all of your jewellery as this will stop them scratching each other in a jewellery box or bowl. You can also use a jewellery box with individual compartments for each piece.
- Paper (yes, paper) is abrasive. If you shuffle paper all day, consider removing your rings. Otherwise, you may notice that the base of your ring will become thinner with time as paper rubs against it.
Silver and Other Metals
- Use a soft polishing cloth to buff the surface to retain the shine. Also consider buying a jewellery polish to further this effect.
- Do not use anything abrasive to clean silver, as it will only tarnish the surface. This includes paper towels and tissue paper!
- Should you need a thorough, deep clean, go to your jeweller. They will have specific equipment for the job.
- If you do use a jewellery polish or tarnish remover, ensure it is for the correct material. For example, a silver jewellery polish may not work for a tungsten ring.
Diamonds and Other Gems
- Wipe gemstones clean with a slightly damp cloth after each use. This will ensure it does not build up grime and lose its lustre. Diamonds become ‘static’ and collect dust with time.
- Examine prongs and settings, and get them examined by your jeweller periodically – this is far better than finding a precious diamond has fallen out due to a worn out prong.
Pearls and Beaded Necklaces
- Pearls should be stored flat, preferably on silk. Beaded necklaces should also be stored flat on silk for the best protection.
- If you see any issues, take your pearl jewellery to a jeweller for an inspection or for a restringing.
- You can wash pearls in mild soapy water should they become dirty.
- Aim for a necklace with a knot between each bead or pearl. This will ensure that should it break, you will avoid losing all of your pearls and also stops each bead or pearl rubbing against it’s neighbour.
Just as important as the care of your jewellery is the quality of the jewellery itself. Be sure you are buying from a reputable company that uses quality materials and jewellery designs intended to last. At K. Amani Fine Jeweller, we pride ourselves in the superior quality of our jewellery, and we encourage you to browse our collection of customisable jewellery.