Jewellery is a universal item that can mean many different things. We give it to each other to say “I love you”, we use it as a ‘congratulations’, and we use it to treat ourselves either big or small. The bottom line is that everyone can enjoy jewellery in one way or another. This also means there is a likelihood that pieces of jewellery are not being treated as well as they should be.
You might find there are green stains on your rings, or rust on your earrings, or other build-up on your necklaces, and wonder if your piece is ruined!
Well, the good news is that it is more than likely fine and is just in need of a good clean.
This piece will discuss how you can best take care of your jewellery pieces and what you need to do if you have already accumulated significant build-up.
Store It Properly
As with many perishable items, storing jewellery properly will prolong its shine and health. Some metals are pretty sensitive to the elements. For example, you do not want brass anywhere near something that has moisture. Sunlight and even wood that has been chemically treated can also not be a good mix for your jewellery. Using a jewellery box with cushioning and a closed lid can help keep all of your items safe and sound while keeping out any additional moisture, light or other contaminants that could alter the condition of your jewellery. Alternatively, if you are on the go, you can transfer your jewellery safely using a Ziplock bag. These are inexpensive and very adequate for keeping moisture and other contaminants away from jewellery in a pinch.
Keep Different Metals Separate
Different metals and materials can react differently to different things, and some are tougher than others. For example, if you have gold pieces of jewellery, you will want to keep them away from anything else, as gold is really easy to scratch. Store these in a soft cloth case with plenty of protection if you want to keep them mark-free.
Silver jewellery is more prone to tarnishing, so it is worth keeping that in a felt-lined bag or cloth away from any moisture or direct sunlight. Stainless steel jewellery is a little bit more robust than silver, but it is worth treating your pieces the same to get maximum protection. If you are unsure, then consult a reputable jewellers Hertfordshire who can advise you best on what to do.
Do Not Use Abrasive Chemicals
When cleaning your delicate pieces of jewellery, it will come as no surprise that using delicate solutions is a must. Hard cleaning chemicals should not be used with any piece of jewellery, and you will find that even a simple mix of hot soapy water can get off what appears to be the most stubborn tarnishing. You might even find that you only need a polishing cloth to bring the shine back to your pieces.