With a view to keep your jewellery piece beautiful for a long time, continuing to please you and to attract admiring glances, you must follow the simple rules of caring for it:
- It is important to remember that jewellery inevitably reacts with the external environment. Products made of precious metals are recommended to be removed during sports, when doing household work using detergents containing chlorine and active oxygen and when applying cosmetics. Modern cosmetics contain sulfur in their composition. It oxidizes silver and causes the appearance of a dark plaque, and the gold jewellery becomes covered with brown spots from the effect of sulfur. In addition, oil rich creams are firmly deposited on the surface of metals, became clogged in microcircuits and attracts dust. Because of the mixture of fat and dust, the locks on jewellery are often shattered and broken.
- Store jewellery in cases or special pouches. So there will be less chance of damaging the jewellery or leaving scratches on it. Diamond jewellery should be stored separately from other stones.
- Never store jewellery in the bathroom. The gold-plated items need special protection from the influence of moisture. Also, high humidity is poorly tolerated by pearls, turquoise, malachite and amber.
- Experts usually recommend cleaning jewellery at least once a month and also to wipe it regularly with a flannel or suede napkin.
- Darkened rings, bracelets, chains and earrings are washed with warm water with added soap and ammonia. Gilding and silvering coatings can not be cleaned with soap – it will erase a thin layer.
- To restore the shine of the gold pendants, earrings, chains and wedding rings, you need to put them into salted water (a teaspoon of salt for a glass of water) for 2-3 hours.
- Diamonds are very susceptible to the effects of fats and dirt, it greatly dulls their brilliance. Therefore, if used frequently, rinse them with clean warm water mixed with ammonia. You can clean the stones with a soft bristle toothbrush, after which you must wipe them with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Pearls can lose their properties much faster if they get into an acidic environment or come into contact with fats. Perfumes, rich in essential oils, can leave dark traces on the pearls. If you try to clean the silver ring with a pearl using a sour/acid solution, then the stone will fade. When putting on necklaces with pearls, forget about perfume and fatty creams: pearls can collapse.
- Oily residues on natural pearls will disappear if you wash the pearls in soapy water, and then rinse and dry them.
- The main enemy of turquoise is perfumery. If you spray a perfume on a real turquoise, then it will change colour in a few days – it will become green. After that, continuing careless use of perfume can change the colour of the stones to brown, and they will begin to crumble.
- Pay special attention on taking care of items made of gold and silver with enamel. The enamel can split off, and if exposed to sunlight, it will fade. Items with enamel should be cleaned with a mixture of soap or tooth powder with a few drops of ammonia.
We hope that these ways of jewellery care will help you to keep your jewellery as it was on the first day.