Proper care when wearing and storing your jewellery will ensure its best qualities last a lifetime. By following the simple steps below, you can help protect your jewellery and keep it always looking its best!
- Store all items in a fabric or velvet lined case, in separate compartments if possible
- Different types of precious metals and gemstones can scratch each other and cause damage such as chipped stones, so should never be stored loose or together in a bag.
- Chemicals included in common cosmetics such as perfumes and hairspray can damage some precious stones, and tarnishes metals. Jewellery should be kept away from these, and is always the last item you should put on!
- After wearing jewellery, before storing it again you should clean it gently with a very soft cloth to remove any chemicals or moisture from hand washing, skin oils or rain for example.
Some sources recommend using ultrasonic cleaning machines to clean jewellery, and while they are fast and convenient for simple fine jewellery, they can damage or totally destroy certain gemstones, and shake loose stones out of their settings. The safest way to clean jewellery is with lukewarm water, mild detergent and a soft child’s toothbrush.
- Ultrasonic cleaning machines are powerful and best avoided for jewellery
- Mixing a few drops of mild detergent in lukewarm water, and gently brushing your jewellery, including under the stone settings, after soaking for a few minutes is the best way to keep your jewellery clean and in top condition
- After brushing your jewellery, rinse it in lukewarm water, and allow to dry. If there is heavy tarnish on your gold or silver you will need to seek the advice of a professional jeweller
Many gemstones need to be handled with care, for example avoid any sudden temperature changes or sharp sudden shocks, and never clean items with hot water – only lukewarm or room-temperature water will be safe.
Avoid using any cleaning agents other than mild soap. Chlorine and ammonia may badly damage gemstones and can cause discolouration to the precious metals.
If you are ever in any doubt, please do not attempt to try cleaning jewellery yourself, it’s best to have a professional discuss what options are available to you.