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How to Clean and Take Care of Your Jewellery

5 min read

How to Clean and Take Care of Your Jewellery

Why is Jewellery Cleaning Important?

Rings, bracelets and necklaces are all exposed to harmful elements during day-to-day wear. As a result, these pieces can become dirty and lose their shine. Therefore, it is important to clean your jewellery regularly. 

Many hesitate to clean their jewellery, as they are worried that it could get damaged, but as long as you take care of, and clean your pieces correctly, the risk is very low. As well as enhancing the overall appearance, cleaning your jewellery will prevent damage and further tarnish. 

Home Cleaning Methods

When cleaning your jewellery at home, is important to stay away from rigorous scrubbing, harsh chemicals, and liquids that will damage your jewellery in the long run. As long as you follow these simple recommendations, your jewellery should stay looking as beautiful as it did on the day that it was purchased.

For most types of gemstone, gold and silver jewellery, we recommend using a mild soap or detergent, mixed with some warm water. Then, take a soft brush and delicately clean your piece. This is one of the most simple, and popular home cleaning methods to choose from. 

You may also wish to purchase jewellery wipes, dazzle sticks and polishing cloths. These products are a safe, effective way to clean your jewellery, as they are affordable, do not contain harmful chemicals or abrasives and are easy to use and get hold of. 

If you are looking for a quick fix using household staples, then there is something in your cupboard that you can use for a simple, but effective clean - bicarbonate of soda. Mix around three teaspoons with half a cup of water and use a clean, soft cloth to work the mixture around the piece. Once rinsed and buffed, this will produce a stunning, high-quality shine. 

Professional Cleaning Services

professional jewellery cleaning

Professional cleaning and polishing services significantly enhance the appearance of a piece of jewellery. An ultrasonic cleaner is used to remove things such as dirt, oil and tarnish from jewellery, producing a high lustre. The dullness that can occur from daily wear will no longer limit the sparkle of your pieces, restoring them to their original eminence. We recommend having precious jewellery professionally cleaned every 6-12 months to keep it in the best condition possible. 

Taking Care of Your Jewellery - Daily Wearing Tips

Day-to-Day Activities

Gold is a soft metal, so even though it has a natural shine and lustre, it can be susceptible to bumps, scratches and dents. Therefore, it is important to be conscious of the gold jewellery that you wear whilst doing day-to-day activities.

This also applies to silver jewellery, as it can easily tarnish, losing its much-loved shine and radiance. You should also keep it in mind to remove your jewellery before playing sports, especially high-contact ones. 

Cleaning

Whilst cleaning or doing household chores, it is a good idea to cover your jewellery, or to remove it completely. Acids and abrasives in cleaning products can damage the finish of a piece.

Jewellery can easily slip off and get lost, be knocked, or even broken whilst cleaning. It is advised to either take off any pieces that you are wearing and leave them in a safe place, or to wear protection such as rubber gloves. 

Chlorine  

With repeated exposure, the chemical chlorine will weaken the structure of gold jewellery, meaning that it will eventually break. Due to this, it is recommended that before entering places such as swimming pools and spas, your gold jewellery should be taken off, and stored safely. 

This also applies to silver jewellery, which should be taken off before coming into contact with chlorine. Chlorine is a very harsh chemical, and just like with gold jewellery, can cause significant damage if there is repeated contact. If you do forget to remove your jewellery before swimming, just make sure to rinse and clean it afterwards. It would also be a good idea to consider leaving your jewellery at home before going to these places, to avoid theft or misplacing your valuables. 

Products 

Repeated exposure to makeup, perfume, hairspray, creams and products such as these will damage gold jewellery. So when getting ready, putting your jewellery on last will help to avoid unnecessary contact. 

Products that you use on a daily basis contain chemicals that can cause silver to tarnish. Again, putting your jewellery on after lotions, creams and perfumes will make a huge difference on your silver’s beauty and lustre. 

washing your jewellery

Washing  

Leaving jewellery on whilst washing or bathing can cause a build up of soap and dirt, creating a damaging film. Whilst pure water itself doesn’t damage silver, most of the water that we are exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. It contains chemicals that, whilst not bad for us, can be damaging to silver jewellery.

Exposure to these chemicals can result in tarnished, or dull-looking silver. It isn’t ideal to shower with your Jewellery on, so where possible, remove it before you shower and keep it dry. If you do get it wet, just be sure to dry it afterwards.

Storing Your Jewellery 

Since there are many things that can impact fine jewellery such as light, heat, damage and chemicals, fine quality storage, like jewellery trays and boxes, play a big role in maintaining the shape, beauty and overall condition of your pieces. Jewellery storage encourages you to keep your treasured pieces in a central, safe location, as well as avoiding damage, to prevent loss and preserve sparkle! Try to…

  • Avoid extreme temperatures. Store your jewellery at room temperature, out of direct sunlight and in a place that maintains consistent low humidity. This will prevent tarnish and discolouration, as well as avoiding moisture that can lead to breakage.
  • Use a soft, fabric-lined jewellery box. This will reduce the possibility of damage to your gemstones and jewellery, as the pieces are in a comfortable, safe and secure environment. 
  • Keep your pieces in a clean location. This tip applies to all kinds of jewellery, but especially costume jewellery, which can be subject to corrosion and tarnish. Ensure that the environment is clean, dry and fresh. 
  • Store each piece individually. By storing each piece individually, it prevents the jewellery from getting tangled or the pieces from scratching each other. It will also lead to better organisation, as you will have a better idea of where each piece is. 
  • Keep the jewellery in a safe place. Without a doubt, engagement rings, wedding bands, family heirlooms and other precious pieces are among some of your most prized possessions. The last thing that you would want is for your jewellery to get lost, stolen, or damaged. So keep your pieces in a secure, memorable place.

Cleaning Celtic & Scottish Jewellery

Celtic and Scottish Jewellery tend to be quite intricate and detailed so can have lots of little areas for dirt and soap to build up. Using detergents and a soft brush as outlined above will work well but don't brush to rigorously. Ultrasonic baths are a great tool for dislodging dirt in hard to reach spaces or using a cotton earbud or tooth pick on deep ridges can help remove any dirt build ups. Handle your jewellery with care whilst cleaning and it will look like new in no time. 

Need more help and advice? Contact our team at anytime and we can help you get the best out of your jewellery purchase. 



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