One of our favorite and most personal accessories is jewelry. Knowing how to take care of and safeguard your priceless jewelry can make all the difference in preserving its beauty and keeping your family treasures glittering for many years to come.
In a ziplock bag, keep it.
Your jewelry inevitably tarnishes as a result of exposure to moisture and air over time. Squeeze out all the air before sealing the ziplock bag in which you’ve placed it.
Keep Chemicals Away from Your Jewelry
Chemical exposure has the potential to harm some colored gems as well as damage or discolor valuable metals like gold, silver, and platinum.
The surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous jewels can be irreparably damaged by chemicals found in even commonplace products like hairspray, lotion, perfume, or other cosmetics (like turquoise).
Before plunging into a chlorinated pool or using domestic cleaners, one should take off any fine jewelry. Ammonia, which is often found in many cleansers, can be too strong for fragile jewels or antique jewelry. Another typical home solvent, chlorine bleach, can pit or harm gold alloys.
Keep jewelry away from skincare products and dry.
Do not apply lotions, perfumes, or hairspray after putting on jewelry. Never wear silver jewelry while using the sauna or swimming.
Warm water and dishwashing soap should be used.
Warm water and a few drops of mild dish soap can be used to clean jewelry that is dull, filmy, or beginning to discolor. Rinse in cool water, then dry with a cloth.
Insurance for Jewelry
Make sure your jewelry has a thorough insurance valuation. As a general rule, the description in a qualified appraisal of jewelry will be thorough enough for a jeweler to use it to create a fairly accurate drawing of the object. Australian registered valuers are available through The Centerstone.
For routine cleanings, use gentle cleaners.
Warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft brush are some of the best jewelry cleaning techniques. However, for jewelry enthusiasts seeking a more comprehensive method of cleaning their jewels, ultrasonic jewelry cleaning has grown in popularity.
It’s advisable to leave your jewelry in the hands of skilled jewelers who know how to utilize this technology securely if you’re thinking about ultrasonic cleaning.
When done improperly, ultrasonic cleaning can occasionally cause gemstones to become loose or chip.
Additionally, ultrasonically cleaning organic gemstones like pearls, coral, ivory, and amber is not advised. The same holds true for gems like tanzanite, moonstone, opal, turquoise, and topaz that are affected by heat and temperature variations.
Bring a jewelry case on trips.
Even more so than regular storage, travel storage is crucial. Putting your valuables in a suitcase or toiletry bag might seriously harm it. Using specifically created travel jewelry bags or jewelry rolls that will keep your special items safe and tangle-free can help you protect your jewels.
Allow your jewelry to completely dry.
It could seem adequate to dry your jewelry with a chamois and then store it after cleaning it. Small amounts of moisture from cleaning, though, can ruin your collection. Before re-storing any item in your jewelry box or case, give it at least an hour to dry. The moisture will have ample time to completely evaporate as a result.