Caring for your jewellery is an essential aspect of maintaining its beauty and longevity. Whether it’s a family heirloom or a precious gift, jewellery holds sentimental value and requires proper care to keep it in excellent condition.
Why caring for your jewellery is crucial
Here are some reasons why caring for your jewellery is crucial:
Daily wear and tear, exposure to chemicals, and accidental impacts can cause damage to your jewellery. By taking care of it properly, you can prevent such damages and keep your jewellery looking new.
Proper care can also help maintain the value of your jewellery. Well-maintained pieces are more likely to hold their value and can be passed down as heirlooms.
Keeping it clean
Dirt, dust, and sweat can accumulate on your jewellery, making it appear dull and lifeless. Regular cleaning can keep your jewellery looking its best and enhance its shine.
Some metals and materials used in jewellery can cause allergic reactions. By taking proper care of your jewellery, you can prevent skin irritations and other allergic reactions.
What To Do
Clean your jewellery regularly
Cleaning your jewellery is essential to maintain its shine and beauty. Use a soft brush or cloth to remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated on the surface.
Store your jewellery properly
Proper storage can prevent scratches, tarnish and other damage. Store your jewellery in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight, heat or moisture.
Wear your jewellery with care
Be careful when wearing your jewellery. Avoid wearing it while doing any physical activity that may cause damage, and remove it before going to bed.
Get professional help
If you notice any damage to your jewellery, take it to a professional jeweller for repairs. An expert can repair the damage without causing any additional harm.
What Not To Do
Wear your jewellery in the shower or pool
Exposure to water can cause damage to your jewellery. Avoid wearing it while showering or swimming.
Use harsh chemicals
Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach, ammonia or other household cleaners on your jewellery. These chemicals can cause damage and tarnishing.
Store your jewellery haphazardly
Storing your jewellery haphazardly can cause scratches and damage. Store each piece separately, or use a jewellery box with individual compartments.
Clean your jewellery with abrasive materials
Using abrasive materials such as toothpaste or baking soda can cause damage to your jewellery. Always use soft materials and gentle cleaners.
Jewellery Care for Different Types of Materials
Jewellery is often made from a variety of materials, including precious metals, gemstones, and more. However, some materials can be more sensitive than others, requiring special care to maintain their beauty and durability. Here are some of the sensitive materials and metals commonly used in jewellery:
Pearls are delicate and can be easily scratched, so avoid wearing them during physical activities. When storing them, keep them in a soft pouch or a fabric-lined box to prevent scratches.
Opals are prone to cracking and drying out, so avoid exposing them to extreme heat or cold. They should be stored in a soft pouch or a fabric-lined box to prevent scratches.
Silver is prone to tarnishing, so it’s essential to store it properly and avoid exposing it to chemicals or water. Use a silver polishing cloth to clean tarnished silver jewellery.
While gold is a durable material, it can still be prone to scratches and damage. Avoid exposing gold jewellery to harsh chemicals or rough surfaces.
Platinum is a strong and durable metal, but it can still be scratched or damaged. Clean platinum jewellery with a soft cloth and avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals.
Costume jewellery often contains base metals and may be plated with gold or silver. Avoid exposing it to water, perfume, or other chemicals that can cause tarnishing or damage.
Need some expert advice on how to care for your jewellery?
At Gillian’s Jewellery in Forest Hill, Melbourne’s eastern suburb, we offer a range of professional jewellery care services, including cleaning, repairs, and restorations. Our team of expert jewellers has years of experience in handling all types of jewellery, from the most delicate pearls to the toughest diamonds. We use only the best equipment and techniques to ensure your jewellery stays in top condition. Contact us today to learn more about our jewellery care services and how we can help you take care of your most treasured possessions.