How to Properly Care for Jewelry
Many of us love jewelry and enjoy wearing it; however, to keep your jewelry in good condition, it is important to know how to clean, how to wear it and know how it should be stored.
Caring for Your Jewelry
Situations to Avoid
When you do housework, garden or do other common tasks where your hands are in water, soap or other household chemicals, jewelry should not be worn. It is also important for women when they put on makeup, to keep their jewelry off until the makeup is on. Another important tip is to remove rings prior to applying body lotion because the greasy texture has been known to loosen jewels from their settings. Jewelry also should not be worn when swimming or when playing tennis or other sports. Jewelry can be injured if it receives a hard blow and if that happens, it would need to be repaired by a jeweler. It is also easier for jewelery to fall off during there events due to the physical activity involved so play it safe and leave the jewels at home.
Proper Cleaning Methods
To keep your jewelry in good shape, there are certain tips that will help make it so such as always taking off your jewelry before bathing. When cleaning your jewelry, especially your silver or gold jewelry, use a polishing cloth. Jewelry can be cleaned by purchasing a cleaner from your local jeweler or by using rubbing alcohol. And, always use warm water when cleaning jewelry. It is also important to never clean jewelry that has been damaged in any way because that that can cause further injury to the jewely.
It is also important to check out your jewelry on a regular basis. If there are any problems with your jewelry, have your jeweler inspect them carefully to find out what is causing the problem. It is also beneficial to have your jewelry inspected regularly. Those that purchase a warranty with their jewels are often required to bring their items in for maintenance checks to ensure their jewels are being held in tightly. However, even if you do not have a warrantly plan, it is wise to have your jewelery checked and inspected. The last thing anyone would want is for their precious stones or diamonds to come loose!
Should you have to take a piece of jewelry in for repair, it is important to be observant when you take it in. Anything that needs to be repaired should be documented by using drawings or descriptions to ensure that the repair to your piece of jewelry is performed correctly the first time. And, when you pick up the jewelry, inspect it well. Ask the shop to show evidence the piece is your original item. For example, many expensive diamonds come marked with numbers or codes that can only be seen with a microscope. If this pertains to your piece, there is no shame in asking for the business to show you this upon pick-up. Therefore, when it is presented to you, it should be polished, cleaned and verified as your original piece.
Storage and Transport
When you are not wearing your jewelry, it should be stored in a container where it can’t be moved around too much; especially rubbing against other pieces of jewelry. It is also important to make an inventory of your jewelry in case any pieces are stolen or lost. When you travel, always carry your jewelry in a travel case. Often they are made of leather or a soft fabric. For safety reasons, many suggest keeping fine jewelry in a fire proof safe when it is not being used. In all honesty, when traveling it is sometimes best to just leave any extra items at home. Wear basic pieces so you do not have to worry about storage and leaving it somewhere. These things are easily forgotten when people extend outside their normal routine.