Care More, Wear More
After being in the jewellery industry for over 40 years' we have truly seen it all when it comes to one's care, or the lack thereof, for their jewellery. Believe it or not, the simplest of things can either prevent extreme damage or be the cause for a very expensive trip to the jewellers. Whilst it may be tempting to put off that six monthly check or look up a less than trustworthy DIY cleaning method on Pinterest.... common sense and logical thinking play a key role in helping your pieces last! If you are not sure quite where to start when it comes to caring for your jewellery, we are here to help.
Think of your jewellery as an extension of yourself: the more you care for it now, the better condition it will remain in for the long haul. Applying a little bit of TLC, and avoiding less than favourable conditions, can go a long way in maintaining a youthful glow!
The Daily Routine
Did you know that everyday items have the ability to damage silver, gold and diamonds? From your daily beauty essentials to household cleaning products, many of these can be quite harmful to your special pieces. Take a moment to stop and think about all those little bottles and sprays you use every morning, do you apply them before or after you put your accessories on? If you answered after, please listen in as we are about to share some very valuable advice!
Your jewellery should be the last thing to go on when you walk out the door, and the first thing to come off when you walk in. Don't just throw them into your open dish beside the bed either, take a moment to give your pieces the once over with a soft cloth, and gently lay them in separate compartments of your jewellery box. A quick wipe will remove oils and makeup, and correct storage prevents nasty scratches occurring and chains from tangling together.
Believe it or not, the hotel spa is not the perfect place to show off your new jewels, nor is the ocean or the swimming pool! Environments such as these expose your jewellery to harsh conditions which challenge the strength, durability and shine of your metal. Unless you intend to keep a fully stocked cleaning workshop in the garage, remembering to remove your jewellery before jumping in that water is the number one step you can take to keeping it nice and new!
It is a great idea to regularly check your jewellery for wear and tear, particularly if you have given it a knock or two. This will help identify issues early on and ensure you can continue wearing your treasured pieces safely! It can be tricky to spot problems if you are not quite sure what to look for so below are a few tips that will help.
In a ring, you want to see if the claws are wearing down and if your band has any serious dints or cracks. If your piece is white gold, the rhodium plating acts as an additional layer to protect your claws and stones. When this rhodium wears, not only will the piece become dull, but you will lose the extra protection. Most people have their rings re-dipped every six to twelve months but if you wear jewellery heavily, perhaps a heavy rhodium plating can help.
For necklaces and bracelets, keep an eye out for any links wearing down, this will usually occur near the clasp or where your pendants and charms hang. This is because links find a comfortable groove and constantly remain in this spot, eventually wearing down the metal. Pieces you wear often will usually display this wear if you take a close look in the key areas. If your chain regularly breaks, it may be a sign the metal is faulty.
If you are still not sure what to look for, you can always send us a message or visit us at My Jewellery Shop where we would be happy to take a thorough look.
Step Away From The DIY
No one likes Doctor Google, and as tempting as it can be to look up quick and easy cleaning methods, often they can be harmful to your jewellery if not used correctly. The best way to clean your jewellery at home is to either a suitable polishing cloth, or warm soapy water and an old toothbrush. You can read more about this method here. Remember though, this is not always suitable for different types of jewellery and we strongly advise checking in with us first.
Taking care to look after your jewellery is the best way to ensure you get as much wear as possible out of your pieces. Most of the time this can be achieved by undertaking routine checks and basic care in your everyday wear. The more you care for your jewellery now, the longer you will be able to wear those beautiful pieces!