Almost all of us like to wear jewelry whether that is a ring, bracelet, necklace or chain. There was a time when jewellery was worn mostly only special occasions but now we enjoy wearing it on a daily basis and not only every now and again.
As we are now wearing jewellery more often, this means it can become more vulnerable to wear and tear or damage as we can sometimes fail to give it the care and attention that it needs. Whether you wear silver, gold, diamonds or platinum, each jewellery piece needs to be treated with care it deserves if you want it to stay in its best condition for years to come.
Here are 5 ways you can protect your jewellery from sustaining damage:
- Prevent The Jewellery From Tarnishing And Discoloration
When you aren’t wearing your jewellery it is important to store it properly. Due to the natural moisture in air, leaving your jewellery lying around without a box, especially for a period of time, can leave it vulnerable to oxidants that can to tarnish and discolour the items. A simple solution to this problem is to store your jewellery in an airtight box or placing a silver anti-tarnish strip in the box you are keeping your jewellery in.
- Clean Your Jewellery With Commercial Cleaners
It is important that we know the correct way to clean each jewellery piece as this will differ between materials. Silver jewellery should be cleaned using just warm water and a jewellery brush or a silver cloth but never with a jewellery cleaner or dip as the harsh chemicals can tarnish the jewellery. Platinum or gold jewellery can be cleaning using special jewellery cleaners but it is also recommended to take your jewellery to jewellers for a professional clean every once in a while.
- Polish Your Jewellery Once In A While
All jewellery can lose their luster if not polished for a long period of time. While you may want to visit professional jewellers, you can still do it yourself at home.
Depending on the material of your jewellery you can purchase a polishing cloth, kit or cleaner and use as suggested. Avoid using tissues and towels whilst cleaning as the fibers can get stuck onto the piece of jewellery which could damage it. Many jewellery designs need special attention when cleaning so it is highly recommended you always follow the care guide or ask a professional.
- Remove The Jewellery While Doing Your Chores
It is common for people to wear their jewellery when they are coming into contact with chemicals, creams and liquids without realising they could be damaging it. For tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and gardening, it is best to always remove jewellery before hand as heat, chemicals and even water can cause damage to the jewellery.
- Avoid Wearing Jewellery in Spas And Pools
Wearing jewellery whilst swimming, bathing or in a spa can be disastrous for your jewellery. Chlorinated water can deteriorate the shape and colour of the jewellery and the heat within a sauna or steam room can also cause problems.