Jewelries are all about glam and the bling. Of all the metals present in this ‘big blue planet’ gold is considered to be the easiest one to be maintained. Now you might be wondering “why does my jewelry looks like a decade old even though I bought it a few years back?” We have the answer to your question and we do have remedies too. Now that we caught your attention, we would like to share a fact about the jewelries you possess. The way you take care and handle your jewelry will tell you how long will it survive with its bling.
Most of us are unsure of what to do when it comes to protecting our jewelry. Jewelries require same care as your skin. Excessive heat and temperature changes may also fracture some of your precious gems. Here, we introduce 10 safety tips to protect your jewelry.
1. BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHT AND HEAT
The word ‘sun tan’ won’t be new for you. Just as the sun’s rays damages and exfoliates your skin, it also damages the jewelry you are wearing. If it’s a gem sun light affects the stone’s durability and color. Pearls and ivories bleaches under the exposure to extreme sunlight. The heat and sudden temperature changes might also fracture your gems
2. CHEMICALS ARE NO GOOD
By chemicals we don’t mean dipping your jewelries into a tumbler of sulphuric acid. Your everyday substances like hairsprays, lotions, perfumes and other cosmetics are the villains. Exposure to these chemicals might permanently damage the surface of your jewelries made of pearls and turquoise.
3. WATCH OUT BEFORE YOU DIVE
A nice and warm pool after a hectic day is always soothing or how about an aquatic dive into the blues of the perfect beach on a perfect evening. But these aren’t so soothing for your jewelries though. Make sure you remove your jewelry before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool. The salt water also has a negative impact on the jewelry. There is a fair chance for losing the shine of your ornaments when exposed to these waters.
4. ULTRASONIC CLEANERS WITH CAUTION
You must know that ultrasonic cleaners are not suitable for all type of jewelries. Even the vibration generated by the machine sometimes shakes the gems loose or chip gems that are set with their girdles touch. If you ever plan on this let the professionals do it. Don’t take a chance, it’s not worth it.
5. THE EASIEST
Using warm water and a mild dish soap are the best and easiest materials that you can use on most of the jewelries. Use a soft brush or pure cotton to clean them. This will reduce the risk of losing your costly gems from your jewelry. Soft gems such as pearls might have a chance to get scratches, so you can use a makeup brush to clean them.
6. SPECIAL CARE FOR TREATED GEMS
Many gemstones are treated to improve its appearance of color and clarity routinely. But these might end up damaging your gems. These treatments are usually done using heat, solvents and steam along with ultrasonic cleaners. If you are treating a previously treated gem again it definitely cracks your gem. So knowing whether the gem has been treated is the first step to know how to care for it.
7. HEAVY BLOWS
Try to avoid heavy blows on your jewelry. Even diamonds, the hardest of them all chips if struck at the right angle.
8. AVOID OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WITH THEM
If you are in to gardening then you must really consider taking off your jewelry before getting down. Dirt and small stones are abrasive. There might be a chance that your jewelry might get permanently damaged. Gardening gloves can help you to an extent but we recommend taking your jewelry off before gardening.
9. AVOID WHILE SWEATING
We can’t say no to sweat. And most of us hate sweating too. So does your jewelry. Try to avoid gems or gold and silver if you are sure that you’re going to sweat a lot. While jogging or on your routine exercises avoid jewelries. Sweat can darken your silver and make your gold fade to a pungent yellow.
Storing your jewelry is as important as keeping it clean. Keep your pieces in a fabric lined case or in a box with compartments and dividers so that it will prevent pieces from getting scratched against each other.
Proper cleaning will prolong the life of your jewelry. It’s always better to have your jewelry cleaned by a professional. Many jewelry stores offer free checkups or cleaning in scheduled intervals too. Follow these few tips we suggested for keeping your jewelry back in the game without breaking your bank!!!!