Tips on how to properly wear, store and clean gold, silver, pearls and other jewelry.
How to wear jewelry without ruining it?
Any piece of jewelry, be it gold or silver, will not thank you if you treat it without due respect and wear it without taking it off.
It is clear that we become attached to things dear to our hearts. And you don’t want to constantly think about when to remove or put on jewelry. And yet it is important. It’s a shame when the ring, which until recently was perfectly round, suddenly becomes flattened. And all you had to do was take it off before working with a hammer in the country.
Before hard physical work, it is better not to be lazy and remove expensive jewelry in order to avoid problems. If the product is still deformed or damaged, give it to the hands of professionals. Masters will return the decoration to its original form.
How to properly store jewelry?
Jewelry can age, even if you haven’t worn it for a long time, because chemical reactions with active substances continue to occur. But you can prevent negative consequences by observing the rules of storage.
When you remove a precious thing that you will not put on soon, walk over its entire surface with a soft cloth. Suitable flannel or suede. This will help remove dirt and grease.
Jewelry should be stored in caskets or special cases, upholstered on the inside with a soft cloth. In this case, the products should not come into contact with each other. It is better to put especially expensive jewelry in an individual case.
In order for stones in jewelry to retain their original appearance and rich color, special requirements must be observed. Almost all stones are afraid of heat and bright sunlight. From this, they lose their brightness and can fade. Therefore, it is better to store products with colored precious and semi-precious inserts in a cool place and always in a box.
Pearls require special treatment. To prevent the stone from becoming dull and dry, wear jewelry with it more often. When putting away for storage, put a drop of boiled water inside the box. So for some time it will be possible to create the microclimate necessary for pearls. Remember that excess moisture will also not benefit this stone.
Can I clean and polish jewelry at home?
At home, it is quite possible to clean and polish many jewelry items yourself. But we want to warn you against some rash steps.
If you are the lucky owner of an expensive piece of jewelry, such as gold or platinum with natural gemstones, do not rush to clean it yourself. In this case, it is not worth saving on the services of a specialist, since the cost of an error is too high.
It will be difficult for a person who does not have professional skills to clean some chains of complex weaving and bracelets with many small relief elements, as well as filigree products. But the special equipment that is available in the jewelry industry and in some workshops makes it easy to clean such jewelry. Polishing in this case is also better to entrust a professional.
How to take care of gold?
Gold products are negatively affected by iodine and chlorine. Moreover, their action is enhanced in conditions of high humidity and when heated.
These substances are found in sea and chlorinated water, medicines and cleaning products. That is why it is better to remove gold jewelry when you visit the pool or swim in the sea, as well as clean up or apply creams, lotions, aerosols. Keep products away from medicines containing chlorine and iodine, and remove jewelry if you need to treat an adjacent area of \u200b\u200bthe skin with medicine.
If stains, plaque, pollution appear on the gold product, they can be removed in the following ways:
Hold the product for some time in a warm soapy solution with the addition of ammonia. For ¹⁄₂ cup of warm water, you need 3-6 drops of alcohol. After that, wipe the jewelry with a thick cloth, rinse with clean water, dry and walk over all surfaces with a soft suede cloth to add shine.
Add dishwashing detergent to warm water. Briefly immerse the products in the solution. Then brush hard-to-reach areas with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse with clean water and polish with a piece of suede. Be careful, as some detergents may contain chlorides, which are “not friendly” with gold.
Clean the products with special jewelry cosmetics, which are sold in jewelry stores. These are solutions, napkins and pastes specially designed for various decorations that will definitely not harm.
In what cases can only professional care help?
If you do not want to spend time and effort cleaning your jewelry, or you have already tried to put it in order, but did not achieve the desired effect, contact a jewelry salon or a trusted master. For a particularly valuable family heirloom and expensive gemstone items, it is better to choose an expert approach over home care.
Experts will tell you exactly what operations need to be performed so that the decoration sparkles with all colors. Whether it will be only an ultrasonic cleaning or a complex of services, including polishing, washing and re-applying a decorative coating, depends on the product itself and its condition.
Contact only proven professionals. Otherwise, instead of a quality service, you run the risk of stumbling upon a “master” who will not only clean the product, but also replace your expensive stone with glass.
In large jewelry production, unlike private workshops, there is a system for monitoring the quality of products and raw materials. This means that high-quality materials and equipment will be used for cleaning, polishing and coating.