Buying loads of jewellery is one thing, but caring for it on a daily basis is an entirely different ball game.
Whether you have a number of different pieces on high rotation or a select few for special events, we provide just a few tips on how you can care for them, plus some additional insight from Michael Fallah (Mick The Jeweller).
If you wear rings or necklaces on daily basis, it’s important to keep them away from water and perfume. Even if your pieces are sterling silver or gold plated, water and chemicals can actually turn them green and make them lose their shine.
Remove them each time you need to wash your hands, and don’t spray perfume directly onto your pieces, ever!
There are a number of different ways to store your jewellery, and one of the best is in a drawer. Not only is this a great way to see what you have at all times, they also won’t rub up against each other and lose their coating. Sometimes when these pieces rub against each other, they can scratch and tarnish at a faster rate.
Jewellery boxes lined in soft fabrics such as suede are ideal, and make sure to keep them out of direct sunlight.
If you have purchased your jewellery pieces from a designer boutique, make sure to take them back every few months for a professional clean. Rather than just using a silver cloth, the professionals will replace any default gems, and make your items look brand new!
What should I avoid?
Michael Fallah from Mick The Jeweller has also shared some tips to avoid, in order to keep your products looking their best.
- Excessive heat, sudden temperature changes and exposure to chemicals can all damage and discolour gems and precious metals. Always remove any jewellery before swimming, cleaning or applying any cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes or lotions.
- While diamonds are quite hardy, coloured gems, along with pearls and precious metals like gold, silver and platinum, are all susceptible to damage.
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