We as humans have a tendency of wanting everything in the world. Food, clothing, lifestyle, people, everything needs to be fine, sophisticated and classy. Jewellery is another thing that is considered to come under the “fine” list of things. It needs to be designer, elegant and should compliment your style otherwise any sort of investment is a failed one.
Fine jewelry metals are precious metals in the silver, gold, and platinum families. This is the reason why it is also called precious jewellery. These pieces are delicate and need absolute tender love and care, if mistreated they lose their charm. To take care of them here are some tips to do so:
- Rubbing the pieces you wear daily with chamois (type of leather) is an easy way to keep your fine jewelry sparkling.
- If you want to clean more intensive, soak your jewellery in a bowl full of water mixed with a little bit of ammonia or dishwashing soap. Then use a toothbrush to rub it gently before you rinse it and dry softly. A touch of ammonia will get back the sparkle to your diamonds, gold, or platinum jewelry.
There aren’t a lot of ways to clean precious jewellery, if you need internal cleaning, its best you take it to the jewelers. There are other precautions you can take to keep your jewellery safe. Like by keeping each piece wrapped separately so that stones don’t rub against each other and get scratched, also keeping them away from direct heat is a good way.
There are certain pieces that need a little extra attention:
- Pearls: After you are done wearing them always use a soft cloth to wipe them so that you can remove any traces of make up or spray. Mild soap can also be used to clean them a little more thoroughly. Pearls are easily scratched so store them in soft cloth or chamois bags.
- Sterling Silver: Clean your fine jewelry with mild soap and water. Store it in a cool, dry place and in a tarnish-preventive bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Make sure your fine jewellery is not exposed to air and harsh light during storage: this can cause tarnishing. Do not rub silver with anything but a polishing cloth or a fine piece of felt.
- Opal, Coral, Amber and Opaque Gems: These gems are extremely porous and soft and thus, require special attention. All of these gems are best cleaned with a moist cloth.
If you still need more help after all the above stated points, here are certain dos and don’ts:
- DOstore fine jewelry individually so that it doesn’t scratch.
- Every two years or so, DO get your pearls restrung to maintain strength.
- Tap the stones gently near your ear and DO check for stones that have loosened.
- DOclean fine jewelry often to maintain its beauty and sparkle.
- DON’Twear rings when doing housework, exercise, or gardening.
- DON’Tput your jewelry on when washing your hands and applying any makeup or hair spray.
- DON’Twear jewelry while swimming in a swimming pool. The chlorine can cause damage to various gemstones and gold. Gemstones may become loose in their settings and fall out.
- DON’Tuse toothpaste to clean your jewelry. The abrasives can damage softer gems and metals.
As a rule, try to protect all of your jewelry from scratches, sharp blows, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures and sunlight. Treat each piece of fine jewelry with respect and you will enjoy it forever.
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