So you’ve found some beautiful pieces of jewellery, got them home and started wearing them. But how can you make sure your jewellery keeps its sparkle? We recommend getting in touch to get your jewellery professionally cleaned every couple of years, but in the meantime here are some points to bear in mind to keep your jewellery in tip top condition.
What to avoid
It is good practice to remove your jewellery when applying perfumes and beauty products. Applying your jewellery after you get ready is recommended.
Remove your jewellery when cleaning or gardening. Rings and other items can come loose or become damaged when undertaking heavier work, and contact with cleaning products may cause corrosion and tarnishing. Wearing gloves is a good alternative if you would rather keep your jewellery on.
Try not to submerge your jewellery in water for long periods of time, as this can eventually cause items to lose their sparkle and tarnish.
If you swim regularly, try to remove your jewellery as chlorine can damage and tarnish your jewellery.
Storing your jewellery
When you are not wearing your jewellery, it is best to keep it in a safe, soft environment. A good quality jewellery box lined with fabric is perfect. Keep different pieces separate from each other to avoid dinks and scratches, and keep chains fastened to prevent tangling.
Avoid leaving your jewellery in direct sunlight as this can cause damage to metals and your items may discolour.
Leaving jewellery in damp and wet environments such as bathrooms can tarnish and corrode metal and precious stones.
How to clean your jewellery at home
It’s natural that over time, jewellery will pick up oil and dirt from our skin as well as residues from soap and other products. In between professional cleans, you can get good results from cleaning your jewellery at home, to restore the sparkle in your diamonds in just a few simple steps:
Step 1: Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and mild washing up liquid
Step 2: Soak your jewellery for 10-15 minutes
Step 3: Use a soft bristled brush to loosen any dirt
Step 4: Check diamonds are secure and note any loose or damaged stones of fixings
Step 5: Rinse in clean cold water
Step 6: Clean and dry with a lint free cloth
Get in touch to book your professional clean with us. You will be blown away at the difference it makes and to see your jewellery sparkle like the day you brought it home.