Fine jewellery is an investment. They are purchased and given with a lot of thought. Pieces are meant to be worn for a long time, and perhaps passed down through the generations. That’s why proper jewellery care is so important!
Knowing how to clean, repair, and store your jewellery will keep precious pieces safe for years to come. These tips will help ensure you’re taking care of your jewellery properly!
Cleaning Your Jewellery
Cleaning fine jewellery can be tricky, of course, because many pieces are delicate and made of precious metals and gemstones. One of the simplest ways to give your jewelry a little shine at home is to use a mild soap and a soft toothbrush or cloth to get out grime in the crevices.
There are other methods you can employ for at-home cleaning, but they should be used with care. For example, many people use sterling silver dip polish or polishing cloths from the drugstore. This can make for a quick and easy clean, but if your sterling silver jewellery has black areas as part of the design, the polish can remove those. It can also harm certain gemstones that are part of your pieces.
Some people will choose to invest in an inexpensive ultrasonic jewellery cleaner. This can help get the dust out of complicated pieces with crevices. But again, this can damage pieces with blackened areas or soft gemstones.
If a mild soap can’t take care of your jewellery care needs, the best thing to do is take your pieces to a jewellery store to get them professionally cleaned. This is especially true for the pieces that are most important to you, like engagement rings or family heirlooms. These experts can give your jewellery the proper cleaning it deserves, and also make any necessary repairs.
Wearing and Storing Jewellery
To reduce the frequency with which you need to take your jewellery in to be professionally cleaned or repaired, it’s important to know how to properly wear, care for, and store your pieces. Here are some easy tips for just that:
- Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on when you’re getting ready. Put your necklaces and bracelets on after you’ve already applied perfume and hairspray. The chemicals in these products can damage your jewellery.
- Always take your pieces off before bathing, swimming, or cleaning. Chlorine, soapy water, and other chemicals can also damage or dirty jewellery. Plus, the last thing you want is your diamond earrings to land at the bottom of the pool or your wedding band to go down the drain.
- Don’t store your jewellery out in the open. This will cause pieces to get dusty, and air exposure will increase the rate at which it tarnishes. Jewellery pouches and small boxes are great to use. Keeping necklaces separated and clasped will also keep them from tangling.
Get Expert Jewellery Care Help
If you have any questions about how to care for your jewellery, it’s best to talk to a professional! Our experts at Golden Tree Jewellers in Vancouver, British Columbia, are ready to help! We have many years of experience in jewellery repair and cleaning, and we can help you make sure your pieces last for a long time to come. If you are interested in adding to your fine jewellery collection, we also carry many of the world’s top designers. Whatever your needs, customer care is our top priority. Stop by our store today to chat with our specialists!