There are very few things in the world which you can own and can outlive you. Jewelry is one of those things that can be passed down from generations, and thus, keeping it in good shape can really pay off. Just like your mother passed down that beautiful necklace or exquisite rubies and pearls to you, you may want to pass it down to your children, and they to theirs. All you need is to follow a few simple steps and you’ll always have beautifully shining jewelry, that looks like it’s just come from one of the world’s leading jewelry shops.
Firstly, always remember to take off all your jewelry if you’re going for a bath or shower. Even your smallest of rings and earrings need to come off. This rule also applies to when you’re going swimming as well. Chlorinated pool water is an enemy to all jewelry, real and designer imitation, and the same can be said for salty sea water. So if you think you’ll kill two birds with one stone and bathe with your jewelry to clean it, DON’T!
What you actually should do is, sort out your jewelry. Make separate piles for platinum, gold, silver, diamonds, pearls, and designer imitation jewelry. Once they’re sorted, it’ll be easier to clean them, as each metal reacts differently to cleaning substances. Storing them like that will also keep them from tangling up and/or breaking apart.
Now, as a general rule of thumb, always apply perfumes or lotions before you wear your jewelry. Strong fragrances and chemicals in creams, hair sprays and lotions are bound to have a devastating effect on your valuable jewels. They also make jewelry appear dull and old as they attract dust and dirt, acting like glue for them. Jewelry you wear on a daily basis is exposed to perspiration and contaminated by the open air, hence, it needs to wiped down everyday. These also need to go for polishing and general upkeep once every year.
When it comes to getting your real jewelry polished, always take them to certified jewelers that specialise in cleaning and polishing such jewelry. At home, you can always wipe jewelry with a dampened microfiber cloth, but refrain from using unscientific household remedies that involve vinegar or toothpaste; these may give you instant results, but they end up ruining jewelry in the long run. Designer imitation jewelry can be cleaned at home with mild soapy water and a sponge. Remember to use baby shampoo, since the chemicals in other shampoos can react with the metal and cause discoloration.
Finally, let’s talk about storing your clean jewelry. If they came in boxes, don’t throw those boxes away! You can reuse these boxes as they are already custom-made houses for your special jewels. Another thing to do is to make sure the chains are properly fastened and earrings are properly screwed on, as this will ensure they don’t get tangled and break the delicate parts of your jewelry.