Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your beautiful jewellery for many many years.
- Safety for your Jewellery
- Taking care of your Gold Jewellery - The Golden Rules
- Taking Care of Pearls
Safety for your Jewellery
It is very important to insure your gold jewellery, so that you can recover its value if it is ever misplaced or stolen. Getting a small safe installed is a good idea if you choose to keep your expensive gold jewellery at home. It is also advisable to maintain a list of everything that you put in and take out of your safe. Your jeweller's guarantee card should also be kept safely with your jewellery, inside the safe. For added security, it is best to deposit your expensive jewellery in the safe deposit vault of a bank.
One good thing to do is to photograph your jewellery, especially when you are wearing it. This is an inexpensive yet effective way ensure that your jewellery is traceable, should you ever lose it? This is also vital evidence for those helping you to locate your lost or stolen jewellery. Remember to inform the police immediately if your jewellery is ever stolen.
Taking care of your Gold Jewellery - The Golden Rules
Be careful when removing your jewellery to wash your hands. Do not leave your jewellery on the rim of a sink where it can easily slip down the drain.
See your jeweller at least once a year to have your jewellery checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Visit your jeweller every six months to have your jewellery professionally cleaned.
There are many types of small machines on the market that will clean jewellery in a matter of minutes using high-frequency sound. These machines are called ultrasonic cleaners and are available in many different models and prices. They can be a convenient way to quickly clean your jewellery at home. However, ultrasonic cleaners can damage some jewellery and prolonged use may loosen gemstones from their mountings. Your local jeweller can tell you if an ultrasonic cleaning machine is right for your jewellery wardrobe and, if it is, recommend an appropriate model.
When you buy gold jewellery, make sure that it is given to you in a box with a satin or velvet lining. Gold ornaments should not be kept in pouches, because this will cause scratching and wearing away of gold when the gold pieces brush against each other. This is even more likely if the ornament is studded with diamonds or other hard gemstones.Ideally, two different gold ornaments should not be kept in the same box. Wrapping smaller items of jewellery individually in tissue paper before keeping them in the box safeguards them from scratches.
Keep it clean...
It is best to use a soft cleaning cloth, chamois leather or synthetic chamois to clean your jewellery. A good gold cleaning liquid is also useful for maintaining the shining glory of your gold jewellery.When cleaning your jewellery, always use soft, non-abrasive material. A good cleaning liquid may be used for intricate jewellery with delicate links, which a cloth may not reach. Once in a while, gold ornaments should be cleaned by dropping them into boiling water in which a pinch of sodium bicarbonate has been added, for just half a minute. Drop one piece of jewellery at a time and remove it. Then wipe it immediately with a soft cloth.
Always handle antique jewellery very delicately. Wipe them with a soft cotton cloth, or get them cleaned by a reliable jeweller. Never jumble jewels in very small containers. Remember also to keep your genuine gold jewellery away from costume jewellery. Always keep jewellery of different carats separately
Taking Care of Pearls
General tips for Pearls
When you remove the jewellery, wipe it carefully with a soft cloth to remove any traces of these substances.
You can also wash your pearl jewellery with mild soap and water. Do not clean cultured pearls with any chemicals, abrasives or solvents. These substances can damage your pearls.
Always lay cultured pearl strands flat to dry. Hanging a strand may stretch the threads.
Do not toss your cultured pearl jewellery carelessly into a purse, bag or jewel box. A pearl's surface is soft and can be scratched by hard metal edges or by the harder gemstones of other jewellery pieces.
Place cultured pearls in a chamois bag or wrap them in tissue when putting them away.
Cosmetics, perspiration, oils and ordinary wear weaken and stretch the threads on which the pearls are strung. Bring your pearls back to your jeweller for restringing once a year. Make certain the pearls are strung with a knot between each pearl. This will prevent loss of pearls if the string should break.
Never use detergents, bleaching agent or powdered cleansers to clean the pearls. All these cleaning agents can harm the surface of the pearls. Never use toothbrush or rough cloth to wash or smooth the pearls. They can scratch the pearl surface. After wearing the pearl, a wet soft cloth can be used to clean the pearls slightly. Then put it back to the jewellery box after drying.
Pearls will get brittle and crack when they are dehydrated. Never keep the pearls near heaters or in places that get strong exposure under sunlight. A safe deposit box is always dry. Try to take the pearls out of the safe box and get exposure under a moisture area regularly. Since pearls are soft gems, they should be stored out of things that can scratch them. Soft jewellery pouches or bags are a good choice for pearl storing.
Pearl necklaces should be restrung periodically, suitable for once a year. Moreover, the period for restringing the pearls depends on the wearing frequency of the pearl necklaces. Fine pearls should be strung with silk and with knots tied between each pearl. This keeps pearls from rubbing against each other and from scattering if the string is broken.
Take your pearls off when applying cosmetics, skin care products, hair sprays or perfume. These beauty aids are composed of chemicals and acids which can harm the pearls. You should wear the pearls after a few minutes of applying the beauty aids. Moreover, take your pearls off while swimming or bathing. It's worse to get the string wet. Pearl rings should be taken off when washing hands or dishes. When taking off a pearl ring, grasp the shank or metal part rather than the pearl. This will prevent the pearl from loosening and coming into contact with oily skin.