Your jewelry is incredibly more valuable than the clothes you wear. However, the moment you start treating your jewelry as just another accessory, it tends to lose its shine. As a result, it loses value eventually. That is why, in order to make its value last for a longer period of time, you need to be careful and proactive about your jewelry care. Learn how to take the best care of your jewelry after a quick read!
Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
The best place to store your jewelry is in a clean, dry place. Fabric-lined boxes or soft bags are ideal for keeping your jewelry in good condition, as they protect pieces from being scratched or tangled together. Sunlight can also cause damage to jewelry, so it’s best to keep your collection stored away from windows or bright lights.
Clean your jewelry regularly.
You’re going to want to clean your jewelry on a regular basis, for two reasons:
- To rid your jewelry of any dirt and grime that has accumulated over time.
- To keep your jewelry in the best possible state.
If you wear your jewelry only occasionally, it may not require cleaning as often as if you wear it daily. Regardless of how frequently you wear it, however, please note that pool chemicals damage pieces containing pearls and soft stones like turquoise and lapis lazuli. So swimming with such pieces is not advised.
How you clean your jewelry matters—and will also depend on what kind of materials are involved. Avoid harsh chemicals at all costs, and never use them to clean your jewelry! In most cases, a soft brush is all that’s needed to remove dirt (because let’s be real: Your diamond necklace isn’t really accumulating mud). If there’s any residue or dirt trapped in the setting or hard-to-reach crevices (such as on earrings), use an old toothbrush to get to those difficult areas without scratching the metal surface or stones (or damaging the toothbrush).
Insure your jewelry.
Insuring jewelry is important for anyone who has invested a significant amount of money in a piece. So, how can you insure your jewelry? Well, the two main options for insuring jewelry are either through your homeowner’s insurance or with a specific policy. If you choose the former, it is likely that there will be a cap on the amount of coverage, which won’t cover particularly valuable pieces. Purchasing a separate policy may be more expensive in the short term, but if you have high-value jewelry, it may be worth it to ensure that every piece is fully covered.
Protect your gemstones.
Gemstones can chip or crack if they are hit against a hard surface. Therefore, you should avoid wearing your gemstone jewelry when you are doing physical work. In addition, do not wear gemstone jewelry when you swim or take a bath, as it can get damaged by the harsh chemicals in the swimming pool, hot tubs, and bathtub soaps. As a good rule of thumb, don’t wear any kind of jewelry in the shower.
Your jewelry will sparkle and last longer if you take care of it well.
We tend to think of our jewelry as something that will last forever, or at least until we give it away to our children. But like the rest of us, the best-laid plans can go awry. Our jewels are vulnerable to everyday hazards, like accidentally dropping them on a concrete floor or tossing them into a washing machine and forgetting where we left them. Jewelry that’s not cared for properly can become dull and lose its luster after even just a few years.
We could spend hours worrying about how to keep our pieces in top shape, but instead, we decided to share with you some of the ways we take care of our jewelry. We know from experience (and from reading many other blogs) that there are several things you can do to make your jewelry stay shiny and beautiful for many years:
- You can clean your jewelry with special shampoos designed for gemstones and pearls. These products have gentle acids that won’t damage the finish on your precious stones but will help remove built-up dirt and grime from their surface. You should also use one when storing your jewelry, so they don’t pick up any oils or odors from your skin during storage.
- Don’t leave rings alone when they’re not being worn; store them separately in a velvet bag or something similar if you travel together because they’ll pick up fingerprints easily while being worn by an individual person—and those will show up in anything else stored in the same area around the ring(s).
- Don’t leave earrings alone either after removing them because they can tangle tightly together if you don’t take care of them regularly—and then there’s no way you’d be able to get them back out again without getting mangled ear hair stuck between the posts!
- You should also clean off any excess or blood spots on rings before putting them on again, which could cause unwanted discoloration over time
Jewelry is an important investment. It makes you feel good, it improves your appearance, and it can even increase your career prospects in some instances. Regardless of the reason that you wear jewelry, it deserves to be treated with the best care.