You remember that feeling when your favorite and much adored piece of jewelry started to look luster less or tarnished? I am sure you do. It is heart breaking to see our loved pieces of adornment look any less appealing or scratched or discolored. And it's very important to take good care of your ornaments by keeping them clean and safe from all possible harm. Here are some quick HOW TO'S to help you nail the art of maintaining your fine jewels.
Being a woman's best friends, her jewels are her darlings, and precious jewelry is her property. Whether its fancy fashion jewelry or sterling silver, gemstones or gold..all stones and metals need to be STORED AND CLEANED properly to give them a lasting luster and long life.
General rule of thumb: Invest in good quality pieces. They may be a bit more expensive than the regular jewelry but the investment will be worthwhile when you shall see them shine on, time after time.
Here are a few quick TIPS to help you take good care of your lovable adornments-
TAKING CARE OF GOLD JEWELRY
CLEANING: Gold tends to lose its luster after repeated use so its best to clean it regularly with mild shampoo and water. Dip it in the solution and gently brush the grime away with a soft brush. You can also use ammonia and water solution to clean it and retain its gleam. Clean dry with a soft lint free cloth. Keep gold away from chemical exposure such as chlorine as it discolors and weakens the metal immediately.
STORAGE: Intricately designed gold ornaments should be retained in the jeweler's boxes so that they don't tangle or get spoiled.
CARING FOR YOUR DIAMONDS
Diamonds are truly a girl's best friends and one has to be cautious while maintaining them. Diamonds repel water and attract dust and oil which settles in the intricate designs. Hence it becomes very important to clean it from time to time.
STORAGE: Store them in Jeweler's paper and keep them in compartmentalized storage box away from dust and air.
CLEANING: At home, wash your diamond jewellery in light soapy warm water and use a very soft baby brush to get rid of the oil and daily grime from the surface of the rings, etc.
MAINTAINING SILVER JEWELERY
Sterling Silver naturally tarnishes, especially when exposed to salt air or products containing sulfur. In order to maintain silver’s white and shiny appearance one can use sliver dips or alternatively try this-
CLEANING: Use aluminum foil to clean your tarnished silver jewelry much like you would your silverware. Line a tray with a piece of crumpled aluminum foil and place your jewelry on the foil. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the jewelry, then pour boiling water over it. The tarnish will transfer from the jewelry to the foil. You may need to flip or move the jewelry around so all sides come in contact with the foil. Remove and rinse with water.
Store silver in air tight containers with a piece of chalk or silica pouches in them. A felt lined box would be ideal for silver jewelry.
TAKING CARE OF POLKIS AND KUNDAN
These precious jewelry pieces need extra care and caution for maintenance. It is important to adorn the jewellery only after having applied make-up and perfume.
CLEANING: Do not clean it with soap and water. When re-placing the jewelry after use, wipe it with a suede cloth to restore its shine.
STORAGE: Kundan & Polki jewellery need dust free and proper storage, and should be kept in a tight closed box. Also, wrapping the jewellery with white butter paper or soft muslin cloth will protect it from turning black under oxidization.
TAKING CARE OF FASHION JEWELRY
Fashion jewelry is totally in trend now a days. Although it is not precious jewelry, care and maintenance is required to make it look good at all times.
CLEANING: Fashion jewelry needs softer cleaning than even precious stones. Use a very mild shampoo and water and gently brush it clean. You can dry it with a hair dryer and stay away from hard cleaners as they will corrode the metal and stones.
STORAGE: Keep them in zippered plastic bags – one piece per bag – with all the air removed. This way they won’t be exposed to oxygen and should stay looking shiny and pretty longer between cleanings.
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