General care instructions
Jewelry is there to be worn. Nevertheless, you should pay attention to a few things so that your piece of jewelery accompanies you for a lifetime.
- "Last on - first off" - generally, you should put on your jewelry last, even after your perfume, to avoid touching it. At the end of the day, the first thing you should do is remove your jewelry and then your clothes to avoid getting your jewelry snagged on it.
- Water won't harm your jewelry, but you should avoid chlorine and salt water, especially on pieces with gemstones. If your jewelry does come into contact with it, be sure to wash it thoroughly with clear water afterwards.
- Avoid contact with household cleaners, perfumes and cosmetics. Certain ingredients can damage your jewelry.
Regular cleaning of jewelry is essential to maintain its shine and protect it from tarnishing and dirt. With the right methods and materials, you can effectively clean your jewelry at home without damaging it. The following guide will guide you through the jewelry cleaning process:
Materials you will need:
- Soft toothbrush
- Warm water
- Mild dish soap or jewelry cleaning solution
- Soft, lint-free cloths or microfiber cloths
- Jewelry polishing cloth or jewelry cleaning cloth (optional)
- Ultrasonic cleaning device (optional, for stubborn dirt)
Note: For delicate gemstones or organic materials such as pearls and corals, do not use aggressive cleaning agents. A soft cloth and water are often sufficient.
Instructions for cleaning:
- Pour lukewarm water into a bowl and add a small amount of mild dish soap or jewelry cleaning solution.
- Submerge the jewelry in the solution and let it soak for a few minutes.
- Use a soft toothbrush to gently get into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Brush gently if your jewelry includes prongs.
- Rinse the jewelry thoroughly under warm water to remove soap residue.
- Place the cleaned jewelry on a lint-free cloth or microfiber towel and gently pat dry.
- Optionally, you can use a jewelry polishing cloth after drying to restore the shine.
- An ultrasonic cleaning device can be used for stubborn dirt. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Repeat this cleaning process every few months or as needed to keep your jewelry in peak condition. With regular cleaning and proper care, you can preserve the beauty of your jewelry and extend its life. Remember to consider the specific needs of each piece of jewelry and use gentle methods to avoid damage.
Properly storing jewelry is critical to preserving its brilliance, quality and longevity. Here are some steps you can follow to ensure your jewelry is well preserved:
1. Separation and organization:
Use jewelry boxes, organizers, or storage compartments to separate different pieces. This helps prevent scratches. Chains should be hung on a hook or carefully placed in a box to prevent tangling.
2. Avoiding moisture:
Store jewelry in a dry place, as moisture can cause oxidation and tarnishing. Avoid places like the bathroom because of high humidity. Silica gel packets help absorb moisture in your jewelry box.
Direct sunlight can cause gemstones and pearls to fade. Therefore, store your jewelry in a place that is protected from direct sunlight.
4. Padding and Softness:
Use soft fabrics or velvet to cushion jewelry and protect it from rubbing.
5. Avoiding contact with air:
Air can accelerate silver tarnishing. It is therefore best to store silver jewelery in airtight bags or untreated natural fiber boxes, or wrap it in anti-tarnish cloths. If your jewelery does tarnish, you can easily clean it with a silver cleaning cloth or with a silver immersion bath. After that, your silver jewelery will shine like new again!