How to Care for your Jewelry

How to Care for your Jewelry

jewelry care

Whether this jewelry is a gift for others or it’s a gift for yourself – you want to make it last. It’s good practice to care for your heart jewelry when you’re not flashing that bling in public. In this article you’ll be walked through steps on how to keep your jewels and precious stones shining for years to come. If you follow this guide you can be sure your best pieces (and possible heirlooms) stay as picture perfect as they were the first day you purchased or received them.

Naturally, not all jewelry is the same. Varying shapes (hearts, keys, anatomical hearts!) and materials mean different care for different pieces. If you have specific jewelry that is very pure or old (like a ) it would be wise to consult with an actual professional jeweler before you jump in and start buffing that old, fragile piece. Always be very delicate with any sort of jewelry, rushing the process could lead to unexpected damage if you’re too careless.


 

gold

Gold

Cleaning

  • Gold is great as it naturally fights tarnish with age. This little superpower also allows it to be cleaned fairly easily. Rinse the gold piece in warm water using either your fingers or a toothbrush to clean it. Forgo the soap, as it could contain lotion that shouldn’t come into contact with jewelry. If you have some stubborn dirt on a piece, try a firmer toothbrush. Stay away from anything to harsh, and don’t you dare reach for that steel wool! Anything with hard bristles risks scratching the surface of the gold. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth after the process is completed.

Storing

  •  Keep your valuable pieces in a box (ideally) to protect from the natural elements (moisture) and scratches

Avoid

  • Harsh substances – no chlorine or bleach. Not even saltwater! All of these common cleaners risk discoloring, and even worse, deteriorating. This could also loosen and embedded stones or pieces attached to the gold.
  • No Beauty Products! The chemicals in these lotions, perfumes, makeup, can all be harmful to jewelry. Take the safer route and apply any or all of this before you wear that bling.
  • Just about anything hard. Careful of common mistakes during everyday activities – nail filing is a surprisingly common way people scratch their heart rings.
  • Wearing your best jewelry during activities (sports/workouts) is a surefire way to either lose or scratch your pieces. Keep in mind when and where your wearing it!

 

Silver

Cleaning Silver

  • Silver should follow the same formula as gold in many ways. Clean it gently with a soft cloth. Use silver polish (which contains an anti tarnishing agent) or pre-soak a soft cloth before application.

Storing

  • You’ll want to keep your silver jewelry in a dry cool place away from elements such as moisture. Remember, sterling silver is mixed with other lesser metals, so moisture can cause different negative effects depending on which metal it was mixed with. Preferably in a pouch or box to defend against scratching.

Avoid

  • As said above, moisture and humidity is your enemy! Also, chemical based cleaners (chlorine, sulfur, etc…) will tarnish your silver. Constant contact with makeup and different beauty products could also tarnish silver over time, so be sure to either check your products first, or put on your jewelry after you apply beauty products (this is mainly advice for heart rings and heart bracelets).
  • Surfaces that are hard and tools can easily scratch or dent your jewelry.
  • Try and avoid wearing it during activities and sports. Not only is it at risk of being lost, it will just be asking for scratches and all kinds of dents!

Diamond

Cleaning

  • The worst thing that can happen when cleaning a diamond piece is a diamond dislodging. Look carefully for any coming loose or weak prongs before cleaning any sort of jewelry.
  • There’s actually many ways to clean diamond necklaces and jewelry. Here’s a few tips to try:
  • Get a bowl of warm temperature water and use your fingers or a soft bristle tooth brush to gently scrub the piece clean. Avoid using any sort of soap since they could contain certain types of lotion that should not be mixed with your jewelry. If there’s a bit of stubborn grime or dirt try a slightly harder toothbrush and rinse the piece with warm water before drying with a soft cloth.
  • When in doubt – take your precious jewels to a professional jeweler for cleaning. For optimal results it’s suggested this is done once a year to keep yours shining as bright as possible!

Storing

  • The benefit of diamonds is they are incredibly strong (the strongest natural substance on earth!), but you’ll want to be careful when storing them with other jewelry. It’s very possible for diamond jewelry to scratch other pieces, so they are best stored separately.

Avoid

  • Under no circumstances should you be using harsh cleaners such as chlorine bleach. Though the diamonds themselves are most likely able to survive this, bleach and other chemicals could easily ruin any holding prongs or gold/silver surrounding the precious stones.
  • Though diamonds can handle a beating, they aren’t immune to cracks and chips. Always be aware of your diamond pieces and watch out for contact with hard objects – nails, files, tools are all things to be aware of.
  • The most common problem (and the worst) is an unsecured stone. If one of your diamonds is remotely loose, don’t risk wearing it. Take it to a jeweler and have it securely fashioned as soon as possible. Though it’s not necessarily necessary, it’s not worth the risk of losing a precious and meaningful diamond.

gemstones

Gemstone

Cleaning

  • Careful you do not dislodge a gemstone during your routine cleaning. Look for any loose stones and/or prongs holding them in place before you begin.
  • It’s hard to generalize advice for every gemstone, as they each require a special form of care, but generally they can all be cleaned with a soft cloth, warm water, and a small amount of soap.
  • If you’re unsure of how to clean it, or simply want to save time, bring your precious stone to a jeweler for a professional cleaning.

Storing

  • You may think these stones seem borderline indestructible, but diamonds, other stones, and strong sharp objects can easily take their toll. Play it safe and store these pieces individually in pouches or a box to prevent any scratches or uncalled for dents.

Avoid

  • You’re going to want to avoid using any sort of chlorine or harsh chemicals. Or Saltwater. Chlorine bleach can easily deteriorate prongs and detach stones from their original position.
  • Applying beauty products while wearing precious metals or stones can also have an effects due to small traces of chemicals and lotions in them. Perfumes, hair product, makeup is all recommended to be put on before any jewelry if it’s necessary.
  • Be aware of nail files and other sharp tool like objects. This is the easiest way to extend the lifespan of your jewels.
  • If you’re participating in any kind of sport or active labor you’re putting your gemstone jewelry at risk of damage. Ideally remove any pieces you may have before participating in any strenuous activity.
  • Wearing a gemstone necklace, or any piece for that matter, with an unsecure stone is a dangerous game. You’ll risk loosing an unsecure stone. It’s recommended you take it to a certified jeweler to have it properly fitted.

platinum

Platinum

Cleaning

  • One of the most rare and precious of all the metals, a solid platinum piece does not require much to care for. In face if it does dirty or is a very old piece it’s very easy to restore to the original gleaming piece it once was. It’s actually quite popular for some pieces to have a filmy gleam to it over a crisp mirror like shine. Though it you want that platinum shine grab a boal of mild soap and warm water. Put it under water and use a soft bristle toothbrush to lightly scrub the surface clean. Buff and polish the surface with a ultra soft chamois cloth to get an optimal shine.
  • If you find your piece has grown a visible patina and the previously mentioned cleaning tip didn’t seem to work, it may be time to bring it to a professional jeweler to restore the platinum to its former glory.

Storing

  • Though platinum is durable it’s good practice to store it in separate pouches or boxes to save from scratching. Remember it’s durable – not indestructible.
  • Storing your pieces in individual pouches or boxes will protect them from scratching.

Avoid

  • As always, keep any valuable platinum jewelry away from any sort of solid, rough surface. While platinum is the strongest of precious metals it’s still very susceptible to tools such as nail files, so keep them separate.
  • Hard and heavy impacts will do a number on any jewels, platinum included. If you plan on playing any sort of sport or doing any intensive work it would be best to remove any platinum jewelry you’re wearing and avoid unnecessary damage.