Care of Precious Metal JewelleryStorage
Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on when you get dressed and the first thing to be removed when you get undressed. This way it won’t get in contact with perfume and lotions or get caught in your clothes when you are getting undressed.
Keep pieces separate to avoid rubbing or kinking and always keep your jewellery in its original box.
Wearing your Jewellery
Remove jewellery during activities such as exercise, gardening, cleaning or general household chores. Not only do these activities increases the chances of ware but it also exposes it to chemicals which can be harmful to the precious metal's surface finish.
Chlorine particularly can weaken gold eventually leading to breakage. So keep your gold jewellery away from chlorinated cleaning products and out of swimming pools and jacuzzis.
Remove all jewellery before showering or cleaning your hands. Soap can cause a film to form, giving your gold jewellery a dull appearance and trapped moisture can lead to accelerated oxidation (tarnishing) particularly in warmer conditions.
Cleaning your Jewellery
Gold can lose its lustre over time if repeatedly exposed to dust, moisture, perspiration and makeup. So make sure to clean and dry your jewellery regularly.
Always polish your jewellery using purpose polish cloths or an old muslin cloth. Never use paper towels as it will scratch your jewellery.
If your jewellery is in need of a deep clean, use a mix of detergent free solution well diluted in warm water. Scrub gently with a soft bristle brush and dry thoroughly with a microfiber cloth. Polish the item using a purpose polishing cloth.
Avoid cleaning damaged jewellery as it can worsen the damage.
Inspect your jewellery regularly – address loose stones and minor damage before they become a problem. Faulty clasps can also increase the chances of losing a treasured item of jewellery.
If having your jewellery professionally cleaned, ask the professional to also inspect it. It will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years to come.