All jewellery needs a bit of TLC from time to time, and certain pieces will require a little more careful consideration. We’ve created a guide on how to care for your jewellery, including how to clean your precious pieces, where to store them and how to prevent them from damage. In no time, you’ll understand how to encourage your jewellery to truly sparkle and stand the test of time.
The Cleaning Process
The best thing you can do for your jewellery is clean it regularly, as with anything else, maintenance is key.
A way of bringing a new lease of life to all your jewellery favourites is to use good old fashioned lukewarm fairy liquid water and a toothbrush with soft bristles so not to scratch soft metal or stones. This is an effective way to relieve any piece of jewellery of built-up dirt in the settings and bring back its beautiful sparkle.
We offer a wide range of jewellery cleaning products. One of our best for diamond engagement rings being the Diamond Dazzle stick. Just twist the bottom till the blue solution starts to show through the brush, dampen your ring and use the bristles to help brush and clean your engagement ring. Rinse with cool water and dry using kitchen towel.
Drying your jewellery after it’s been cleaned is also important, and should be done with care. A soft cloth is ideal, especially on embellishments, or a hairdryer on a low heat setting can also work wonders. Drying it properly will prevent water marks forming on the metal or stones.
Storing Your Jewellery
Everyone has been guilty of throwing their jewellery on the dressing table at the end of the day. But to prevent damage or scratches, jewellery should be stored away safely. Pearls and opals especially tend to draw in moisture from the air, so need to be stored in a cool dry environment. The soft cushioned boxes that jewellery comes in is an ideal storage option, however, if you no longer have the gift box then a beautiful jewellery box to house all of your pieces is a worthwhile investment. We offer a wide range of jewellery storage options. See our full collection here.
Light and heat can have a negative effect on gemstones. For example, gems like opal can darken when exposed to too much light, and both amethyst and topaz can fade if unprotected from direct sun. This is why it’s important your jewellery is not stored out in the open in direct sunlight, like on the windowsill.
Care And Repair
Checking the claws of your jewellery is very important, especially if you have large stones. Over time, everyday life can naturally take its toll, and cause claws to lift slightly, making stones loose, or worst case, lost. A way to check the claws of your treasured pieces is by sweeping your finger across them - if it feels smooth your claws are secure, and vice versa: if they feel raised, they may require tweaking by your jeweller. Note, if your jewellery piece features softer stones like emeralds, it’s also important that the claws are not too tight.