How to Properly Take Care of Your Jewellery

When you’re young, your jewellery is almost exclusively from those 20p machines or high street sales. They’re all ones that discolour, break, or dye your skin green when it encounters any type of moisture!

So, when you get to the point in your life when you start getting some nice pieces in your jewellery box, you might not know how to take care of it properly! Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Store Jewellery Separately
As different gemstones have different properties, they can scratch or damage each other if they’re stored together.
Keep your treasured jewellery either in a box that has soft-lined compartments or airtight packaging that protects them from dust. Silica gel packs will absorb moisture and sulphur in the air and help jewellery keep its shine for longer. Also, try to keep your jewellery away from direct sunlight, damp or extreme heat/cold as this can damage them.

Protect it from Wear and Tear
Put your jewellery on last when you’re getting ready – hairspray and makeup could contaminate your jewels and diamond earrings can be damaged by combs, brushes or any of your hair styling tools.
Also, be careful to remove your jewellery if you’re doing housework or manual tasks at work as it could be damaged by cleaning products or if it’s knocked. Diamond rings can be easily chipped by a hard blow so if it’s an engagement ring or a family heirloom, taking care of it is essential.

Clean it Gently
To remove oils, dust or contamination, you should occasionally, and very carefully, clean your jewellery. It’s best to use non-abrasive materials like soap and water, and a soft brush for this, but it depends on the type of jewellery it is.
Also, make sure you don’t rub or over-handle your jewellery as it’ll shorten its lifespan and use cleaners that are formulated specifically for it, e.g. silver, gold or platinum.

Take it to the Professionals
If you’re not sure what your beloved jewellery requires, seek professional advice from experts like F.Hinds. Try to get your favourite pieces cleaned and inspected professionally once a year, especially delicate pieces that are best handled by an expert. They’ll be able to check for any damage and any dirt, marks, blemishes or scratches that are caused by daily wear can be removed to get your piece back to brand-new.

Follow this simple guide on how to look after your jewellery properly. With these tips, your jewellery will stay beautiful with that brand-new look for longer!

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