Jewellery Care

JEWELLERY CARE IS IMPORTANT

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You invest your money, time and a whole lot of your interest in buying jewellery. We value that and want you to make the most of your purchase!

Recognise how to preserve your treasured pieces by following a few general instructions and be sure that they last for generations, still looking like the day you bought them.

The jewellery you purchase from Homeshop18 can become a treasured family heirloom if it is cared for properly. Dust, pollution and daily wear all work against their sparkle and brilliance. You can lose the whole look of the piece by losing a tiny little stone or your may even lose an entire piece of jewellery because of some timeworn prongs and clasps.

 

General Jewellery Care

Make Sure . . .

  • You give your jewellery for periodic professional maintenance (at least once a year – Best Jewellery Care Practice)
  • Between professional servicing you clean your jewellery regularly.
  • You examine the prong settings regularly as they are vulnerable. It is better to be sure that they hold the stone securely.
  • You store your jewellery in a protective box, case or tarnish-resistant pouch. You can as well invest in a multi-storage case with different compartments for different types of jewellery.
  • Store your jewellery in a zip lock pouch while traveling to prevent from scratches.
  • You fasten all chains and bracelets when you store them in your jewellery box to avoid a tangled mess when you dress up.
  • You wait for at least ten minutes to wear your jewellery after you have put your make up, perfume and hairspray on. The chemicals in these can easily harm your precious jewellery.
  • You use warm water and some mild detergent to clean most of your jewellery (except delicate gemstones like opals, emeralds, pearls and some garnet jewellery).
  • To avoid hot water and harsh chemicals at all times. Remove your jewellery before using products that contain bleach, especially mercury. So, do remember to keep your jewellery away when you break a thermometer.

 

Please Do Not . . .

  • Expose your jewellery to solutions containing acids, vinegar or ammonia. They can easily harm your treasured pieces.
  • Store diamonds and gemstones together. Instead use separate boxes for them as the stones are harder and the metals can easily get scratches.
  • Wear your jewellery while doing household chores or any heavy work. This can leave a deposit of sweat or grime on its surface.
  • Expose your jewellery to extreme weather conditions.
  • Go to bed wearing you jewellery as the fibers from your bed sheets can get caught in the claw settings.

 

Metal and Stone Specific Jewellery Care

 

METAL/STONE

WHAT TO DO

 

WHAT NOT TO DO

 

Gold-plated fashion jewellery

  • Protect them against scratches to maintain their luster – since they have 1-3 microns gold coated over a metal or alloy base which is very thin.
  • Avoid wearing your jewellery while cleaning, gardening or performing other household or sports activities.

Sterling Silver

 

 

  • Use a non-abrasive silver polish.
  • Get it cleaned from time to time.
  • A cleaning tip - Make a paste with a small amount of soda bi-carbonate and some water. Gently rub the silver several times and rinse thoroughly in warm water and carefully dry.
  • Wrap them in jeweller’s tissue and store in a plastic zip lock bag and seal it. It is a soft metal so beware of the fingernail scratches.

 

  • Do not expose to salt, air and products containing sulphur (e.g.: rubber bands, some papers) to avoid corrosion and tarnishing.
  • Avoid contact with chlorine and bleach as they accelerate tarnishing.

 

Pearls

 

  • Store them separately to avoid scratches as pearls are very soft.
  • Get your pearl jewellery restrung when required.
  • Wear your pearls often.

 

  • Don’t keep in closed container for long as they might get dehydrated.
  • Do not keep in plastic bags

 

Diamonds

 

  • A cleaning tip - Use a mild solution of 6 parts warm water, 1 part ammonia, 1 part dish washing liquid and apply with a very soft bristle brush.
  • Get them checked regularly for any loose settings.

 

  • Do not wear them if you are into water activities as the chlorine in the water reacts with diamonds and can make them fall.

 

FINAL ADVICE:

Religiously follow these instructions and see your jewellery shimmer and dazzle with time. 

Now that you know how to take care of your jewellery, add some new designs to your collection >>

 

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