You might think your jewellery and metal pieces are indestructible, but unfortunately that’s not the case.
Without the right care, your items will likely lose their appeal as they slowly but surely retire to the bottom of your jewellery box – never to be worn again.
But before you abandon your tired-looking pieces for good, check out these quick and easy maintenance tips to help you prolong the life and value of your jewellery items for years to come.
When to take it off
One of the most effective ways to make your jewellery look new for longer is knowing when to take it off.
To protect it from tarnish and damage, treat each item as the final and most precious part of your outfit.
Put it on after applying clothes, cosmetics and perfume and take it off before your clothes and skincare routine at the end of the day.
Whilst this might seem like an obvious habit, you’d be surprised how many people damage their jewellery while cleaning, cooking and showering.
What you really want to stay clear of is any chemicals that can set off the tarnishing process. They can be in the water, air and the products you use.
Even our own body oils and sweat add to the tarnishing process!
Show off or take off?
Yes, your jewellery is meant to be shown off. But, sometimes it’s best to leave your favourite piece at home.
Take the beach, for example. It’s a dangerous place to wear your jewellery. Besides running the risk of losing a chain or your earrings to the sea, the saltwater and sand can cause both scratches and tarnish to your pieces. That goes for the gym and sauna too.
So, apart from the apparent dangers of chlorine-filled pools and alcohol-based perfumes, try to use your best judgement. And if you’re in doubt – take it off.
How to keep your jewellery clean
Many jewellery owners are quick to use corrosive chemicals or cleaning products to restore their items.
However, we strongly recommend restoring your pieces gently using a soft dry cloth.
If your jewellery still looks on the dull side, dampen your cloth with warm water mixed with a tiny amount of mild washing up liquid and give it a rub.
Special care for different metals and stones
If your jewellery collection features a range of metals and stones, we recommend you follow these individual cleaning tips for best results.
Gold, platinum and pearls can be cleaned with lukewarm water with a little mild washing up liquid. Let it soak for 15 to 30 minutes before using a very soft toothbrush to gently remove any dirt.
Silver can be cleaned with a solution of 3-1 baking soda water. Let it soak for 15 to 30 minutes or simply give it a rub with a cloth soaked in the solution.
Gold or silver-plated jewellery should only be cleaned with a dry cloth regularly. You might need to have them replated if they become too tarnished.
Costume jewellery, copper and brass can be rubbed clean with vinegar (or lemon juice) and salt. Either use a solution of 4 parts vinegar and 1 part salt or add vinegar/lemon juice to a sponge, sprinkle salt on and rub away gently.
Where should you store your jewellery?
Due to moisture and chemicals in the air, your jewellery items are susceptible to damage even when you’re not wearing them.
That’s why we recommend you store your pieced somewhere dark, dry and airtight, preferably by using the original jewellery box or packaging.
And finally, don’t forget to keep your jewellery separated to prevent any scratches, breaks or tangles.