To keep your fine jewellery in the best condition possible, it’s essential you take the correct measures of care.
Typically, quality jewellery will have been crafted using durable materials such as platinum, silver and gold – providing the perfect setting for precious stones like diamonds. However, each type of jewellery will require different methods of care, and over time you may find it necessary to send your jewellery away for professional maintenance work.
But to help extend the quality of your jewellery’s appearance and condition for longer, here are some important measures you can take from the comfort of your home.
General Care Practices
- Avoid wearing jewellery at all costs when handling potentially harsh chemicals, or doing rough manual work.
- Store your jewellery in a fabric-lined box when not being worn.Make sure to prevent it touching other jewellery items, as this could cause scratches.
- Always prevent your jewellery from coming into contact with chemical fluids. These include perfumes, detergent, and other cleaning products.
Caring for Diamond Jewellery
To keep your diamond jewellery as dazzling as possible, ensure to remove it whenever you shower, cook or even wash your hands. This is because diamonds easily attract grease through substances like soap, butter and oil – and this can cause them to become dull and lose their sparkle over time.
It’s also important to regularly check for possible damage to the prongs or bezels of your diamond jewellery. If you feel the setting is out of line or you see a loose prong, it’s essential you bring it to us for professional repair immediately. We can also help complete a thorough check of your diamond settings if you’re unsure of what to look for.
Cleaning diamond jewellery
There are a couple of ways in which you can successfully clean your diamond jewellery at home.
The most popular method is fashioning your own soap solution with hot water and normal washing detergent. You can also add a little ammonia if you wish. Dip an old but clean toothbrush into the solution, and gently clean your diamond. Then rinse your jewellery clean in a new bowl with plain hot water, and carefully dry it.
Alternatively, you can purchase a specially-made jewellery cleaner if you can’t find the time to make your own – or feel free to bring your jewellery to us for a thorough professional clean.
Caring for Silver Jewellery
When it comes to silver, storage is of paramount importance.
Silver jewellery will naturally react to sulphur oxide in the air, which can cause it to become severely tarnished. To prevent this from happening, place your jewellery in plastic sealing bags and store it in a safe jewellery box to minimise air contact.
However, if your silver jeweller becomes tarnished, there are a few simple cleaning methods you can use.
Cleaning silver jewellery
One of the most popular home methods is mixing a simple solution of hot water and baking soda to lightly clean your jewellery.
Alternatively, you can use a specialist silver cleaning cloth/silver cleaning liquid, or silver polish paste.
Caring for Pearl Jewellery
An organic material, pearls need to be looked after with a great deal of care and stored in a secure jewellery box. However, if you store your pearls away for too long they could become dehydrated – so allow them to ‘breathe’ from time to time to maintain their natural lustre.
It’s essential your pearls don’t come into contact with perfumes, cosmetics or other harmful chemicals – this can severely damage pearl jewellery. You should also avoid wearing pearls when taking a shower or bath, as soap can cause damage and the jewellery string could weaken.
If you wear pearl jewellery every day, having them re-strung annually will help keep them in premium condition. We have a specialist in-house team that can complete the entire re-string process for you.
Cleaning pearl jewellery
Your natural perspiration can also contribute to pearl damage, so make sure to regularly clean them with a soft damp cloth. Use only plain water to clean your pearls, as any form of cleaning chemical could be harmful.
Please contact us if you have questions about repairing your fine jewellery.