Preserving the Life of Your Jewelery Your jewelery is your own personal treasure and its care and maintenance are very important if you wish to wear them for many years. With routine checks and cleaning your jewels will always look new
Your first piece of jewelry is always the most precious and dearest piece since it was most likely given to you by a much cherished person—it is your own personal treasure. As the years pass, you acquire more pieces, whether they are gifts, inheritance or you purchase them for yourself. Some you will like more than others and there will be those that are your signature pieces—the ones you wear everyday or quite frequently. Regardless how many pieces of jewelry you own, your jewelry should be well maintained and cared for. Your jewelry will be in pristine condition with a little TLC.
Let’s begin with daily wear. Are you aware that soaps, shampoos, powders and lotions can build up a lot or residue and leave a filmy build-up under and around a setting? This would reduce the brilliance of a diamond or the brightness or intensity of a colored gemstone. This can also give gold a dull appearance.
Most people enjoy outdoor activities—whether its sports or chores. However, these can also cause havoc for your jewelry. As an example, if you are an avid gardener, and like most people, you want to feel the soil and avoid wearing gardening gloves, you risk losing your rings as they could slip off your fingers. Also, dirt could be embedded within the setting and the stones could possibly get chipped. A bracelet or chain could get caught in something and could get damaged or lost
If you go to the gym, spa or even have the facilities at home—do not hot tub, sauna or swim in chlorinated pools as these elements can damage gems by wearing away at the polished finish creating a very dull surface. They can also discolor a gemstone.
Jewelry that has stones that are set with claws and/or prongs, should be regularly checked as they can wear down with time and get broken which will result with a stone breaking or falling out of the mount. A jeweler can retip the prongs. Sometimes in our daily routines and activities whether at work or home, a ring can be knocked or hit against something which can damage the claw—most of the time we are not even aware. I can tell you first hand, it happened to me—two of the claws in my engagement ring were bent sideways, when my hand accidentally hit a wall. I could hear a distinct rattling sound because the diamond was loose in the setting.
Link chains and bracelets, especially larger links can wear thin over the years, especially if worn everyday. The interconnecting links rub against each other from movement thereby thinning them out.
The earrings that you just purchased or received as a gift should have the closure cleaned with an alcohol swab—this will kill any bacteria. You do not know who tried on those earrings before you.
When putting on earrings, especially studs, most people press their index finger against the stone while pushing in the butterfly.