5 Tips on Taking Care of Your Jewelry
Let's talk about our bling. We understand how important it is to make sure we're taking care of our jewelry properly but many of us do not know how to. So, here are 5 easy tips to keep in mind:
1. Store Them Properly
Jewelry needs a safe and cozy storage space. Keep your jewelry away from sunlight, heat, and humidity, because any of the three can cause damage over time. Try using a cute little jewelry box that is airtight or a soft cloth pouch that is then stored properly. Do not dump your jewelry in with other metal items like coins and such.
2. Keep Them Clean
Dirt and oil can build up over time and cause our jewelry to either stain or tarnish, and eventually look dull. It is important to give your jewelry a good clean regularly with a soft cloth or a gentle jewelry cleaner. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can scratch the surface. Optionally, you can get your jewelry professionally cleaned at a local jewelry store.
3. Handle with Care
Jewelry is delicate and can get easily damaged if not handled with care. As far as possible, avoid wearing your jewelry while doing household chores or engaging in physical activities that can cause damage. Also remember to avoid exposing jewelry to sudden temperature changes, which can cause metal parts to expand and contract, leading to hairline damages that will only become noticeable eventually.
4. Have a Pro Take a Look
Depending on how often your jewelry is used, every few months or couple of years, try to get your jewelry professionally checked by a jeweler to ensure that it remains in good condition. Jewelers know what to look for and they can check for loose stones, worn prongs, and other signs of damage. They can also give you professional advice on how to care for your specific pieces.
5. Keep Them Separately
To prevent scratches and tangles, store different types of jewelry separately. Soft materials like pearls and opals should be stored separately from harder materials like diamonds and sapphires, and chained pieces like necklaces and bracelets should be stored in such a way that they do not entangle with each other.