Diamonds and jewellery are some of our most treasured and valued belongings. Knowing how to care for your sparkly pieces will make a huge difference in maintaining their beauty and shine for generations to come.
Here are a few of our suggestions on what you can do to look after your jewellery.
1. Keep away from chemicals
Whether it’s silver, gold or platinum, exposure to chemicals can tarnish metals and harm your gemstones. The best thing to do is use/spray on whatever you need to (lotions, perfume, hair products, cosmetics etc…) before putting on your precious jewellery — make sure everything is dry before adding those finishing touches. Without realising it, your daily-use substances can contain chemicals that may tarnish your metals and damage the surface of pearls and gemstones if they come in contact.
The same goes for household cleaning products and swimming — it’s best to avoid wearing your fine jewellery while taking on household chores or taking a dip in the pool this summer.
If your jewellery does come into contact with any such chemicals, gently rinse them and pat them dry with a tissue or towel.
2. Use jewellery cleaning liquids and polishing cloths
Ever so often, it is advisable to do a home clean of your jewellery using proper jewellery polishing solutions and cloths. This will get rid of grime and sweat residue and other particles on your pieces that can often dull your treasured possessions. Make sure that you know the metal of your jewellery and use the appropriate cleaning solution as each metal is unique and can react to these liquids differently.
We recommend our go-to cleaning products by Town Talk which can be purchased through us or Town Talk directly.
Another simple DIY cleaning method to do at home is to put your fine jewellery in a small bowl with warm water and regular dish soap. Dish soap is effective because it has been specifically engineered to get rid of dirt, grease and grime. Let your jewellery sit for 3–5 minutes. Once you take it out, use a soft toothbrush to gently brush off any remaining dirt and rinse it off with cold water.
If you are unsure of your metal or stone type, don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local jeweller who should be able to assist you.
3. Store safely
Jewellery storage is so important and doing it safely is often overlooked.
Firstly, keep your precious pieces away from direct sunlight/heat as well as damp and humid conditions. Use the original boxes and pouches that your jewellery came in to keep away dust.
If the original packaging isn’t available to you, a jewellery box that features different padded sections for rings, earrings and necklaces is also ideal.
For any silver jewellery, it is best to include silica gel packs to absorb moisture to prevent metal tarnishing. Silver jewellery tarnishes easily, and even when it is kept in dry conditions, overtime oxidation will occur. When travelling, protect your jewellery by placing it in separate small boxes or nylon zippered pouches. Place it in your hand carry and never in the suitcase — this one should be obvious.
4. When in doubt, speak to a professional
Of course, you can always send your jewellery our way for a professional clean and polish. Any dirt, scratches and marks that have been acquired from everyday wear can be treated 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 our team a chance to look into the overall state of your piece(s) and fix any damage which you may not have noticed.
Do you need to speak with a professional about your jewellery care? Let’s take this conversation further.