4. Keep away from chemicals
Whether it’s silver, gold or platinum, exposure to chlorine and household/gardening chemicals can tarnish metals and harm your gemstones. The best thing to do is use whatever spray-on you need to (lotions, perfume, hair products, cosmetics etc..) before putting on your jewellery — make sure everything is dry before adding those finishing touches. You may not realise it, but your daily-use lotions and creams may contain chemicals that can tarnish precious metals and damage the surface of pearls and gemstones if they come in contact.
The same caution is to be exercised to avoid contact with household cleaning products and indulging in your favourite sports and pastimes — it’s best to avoid wearing your fine jewellery while taking on physical activity such as sports or household chores or taking a dip in the pool this summer.
If your jewellery does come into contact with any harsh chemical, rinse them under warm running water and pat them dry with a tissue or soft cloth.
5. When in doubt, speak to a professional
Of course, you can always send your jewellery our way for a professional clean and wear and tear check. This includes a quick look at the setting to check for any loose claws or metal weakness. Any dirt, scratches and marks that have been acquired from everyday wear can be polished away and your jewellery will be made to look as good as new!
We recommend doing this at least once a year, especially if you have some delicate pieces which require being handled by a specialist. Doing so also gives us a chance to look at the overall state of your piece(s) and help to keep them bright, secure and beautiful for generations.
Do you need to speak with a professional about your jewellery care? Let’s bring back the shine to your precious possessions.