Care for those jewels!
Everything precious needs care and attention. Your jewels are no less. They complement you, beautify you, adorn you and celebrate you. Therefore, they deserve that extra effort on your part to be preserved well with care. A regular, professional cleaning is definitely beneficial as it ensures that the jewels keep looking their best even after years, and any possible damage can be detected at the earliest. Apart from that, there are certain things that you can do at home to keep your jewellery well-maintained.
A few guidelines should always be kept in mind if you’re a huge admirer of precious jewels and wear them on a regular basis. When you’re engaged in manual chores, it is always advisable to remove your jewellery to prevent physical damage. Also, they might get exposed to chemicals and cleaning fluids that are harmful for them. Make sure you do not have them on while you’re occupied in kitchen, gardening, household tasks etc. women often make the mistake of putting their jewellery on before applying make-up. This can pose a threat to the jewels due to exposure to cosmetics hairspray, perfumes, lotions etc. Wearing any form of jewellery must be avoided at all costs in swimming pools, spas or when you’re into some kind of sports. In the former case, chlorinated water might react with the metals bringing about structural deformation as well as colour alterations; in the latter case, hard blows can cause damage to the jewellery.
Besides, though it might demand of you to be extra attentive and meticulous, but do remember to remove your jewellery before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause the formation of a film on its surface, giving it a dull and dingy look. Always use warm water to clean your jewels. A jewellery polishing cloth is an absolute must. Bleach is a strict no-no when it comes to cleaning. However, rubbing alcohol can be really effective. Never clean damaged, cracked or broken jewellery, as that might aggravate the spoilage. It requires expert handling and must be kept aside to be taken to a professional immediately.
Gems and pearls are the most delicate ones, and must be handled with adequate care, and as little as possible, since skin oil builds up on them to dull their appearance. Pearls also, should never be worn when you’re applying colour on your hair. If you’re right-handed, it is always better to wear any bracelet/watch on your left wrist and vice- versa, since that will minimize the chances of them being damaged.
Storing jewellery is also part of the process of maintaining them in a careful way. Maintain separate jewellery boxes for them and do not leave anything lying around. Silver and gold may be tarnished with time, especially if they are not worn frequently. To maintain their lustre, keep silver anti-tarnish strips in the box that absorb the oxidants, thus preventing discolouration and tarnishing. When travelling with your jewellery, take sufficient measures to ensure they are well cared for.( please avoid using such verbose sentences. Keep it simple.) Use a travel-case that can carry many types of jewels and can easily be shrunk into a size that fits in different sizes of luggage. Traditionally, these cases care made of fabric or leather, and are definitely worth the investment to protect your jewellery when you are travelling.
So now you know how to care for your jewellery at home, hopefully you will be a little more aware of them while you are going about your daily chores – implementing the tips given above will allow them to sparkle and dazzle for years on end!