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
liquids. It’s best to use a gentle dish washing liquid, mild water and a soft toothbrush.
Corals are very porous gems and should not come in contact with any chemicals. It is also a very soft gem and should be carefully stored so it doesn’t get scratched or chipped. Coral jewelry should be cleaned with a moist soft cloth.
Turquoise is also another very porous and fragile stone which should be kept away from heat and chemicals. Since they scratch easily, store them separately in a jewelry pouch and clean with lukewarm water and soft brush.
A very, very soft gem is amber and it can get scratched very easily. Since it is a very porous stone, please apply your perfume or hairspray before putting on amber jewelry, this way it won’t be coated with a dull film. Wipe your amber jewelry with a soft cotton or flannel cloth and also store separately.
Gold jewelry should be removed when using any kind of household chemicals since they create abrasions on the metal which would minimize the gold’s luster. Gold’s biggest enemy is chlorine—stay out of chlorinated pools and hot tubs and avoid cleaning products that have chlorine in them since gold jewelry will weaken over time causing it to crack or break. Clean your jewelry with warm water and a gentle brush.
Silver jewelry is best cleaned with a soft cloth or a fine piece of felt. If silver is very dirty, try silver cleaner. Silver will discolor from chlorine. When you wear your silver jewelry it will tarnish from exposure to light, air and from physical activity (sweat). Remove it at the end of the day and clean thoroughly. Since it is a soft metal, it will scratch easily and should be stored in a soft cloth bag.
Try to keep your individual pieces of jewelry in small plastic bags—they look like mini Ziploc bags, they are available in craft shops. This will prevent your jewelry from scratching against each other.
At home care for your jewels requires minimal time and is so simple. Jewelry that you wear everyday should be cleaned on a weekly basis.
Like a doctor, you have a trusting relationship with your jeweler and should have your jewelry checked and looked after annually.
Jewelry can retain its brand new appearance as along as its cared for. By adhering to basic care and cleaning tips, your jewelry will always retain their original beauty, brilliance, shine and will last a lifetime.
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