Jewelry is one of the most valuable items in our lives. It is important to know and understand how to take care of these and how to protect your jewelry so that the beauty it has will be maintained and preserved for a lifetime and can also be passed on to your next generation to come.
There are many ways on how you can take care of your jewelry. First is to be careful with light and heat. Just as how the sun’s harmful rays can damage the skin, heat and light can also damage or ruin the beauty of your jewelry. As time goes by, the quality of your jewelry might change. It can fade or the gemstones might get damaged like topaz and amethyst.
To delicate materials, when exposed to sunlight, they can bleach. On the other hand, gems such as amber can darken when it is also exposed to sunlight. You have to be as careful as possible as some of your gems may dry out, discolor or crack.
Next tip in taking care of your jewelry is to keep them away from chemicals. Whenever you are swimming, fine jewelry should be removed before diving especially if it is a chlorinated pool. Everyday substances like lotion, perfume, make up or hairspray consists of chemicals that can also perfectly damage your precious jewelry so you have to be really careful.
Other cleaners that you also need to take into consideration that may damage your jewelry are chlorine bleach, and other common household solvent.
Another tip that you need to remember is to provide treated gems special care. There are different ways on how you can provide different types of care in each of your gems, you just need to do your research on what are the different things you can do.
In thinking of what to use when planning to clean your accessories, you can use ultrasonic cleaners with caution. However, you have to remember the following guidelines: first is that ultrasonic cleaners should not be used to clean gemstones that have surface-reaching breaks with oil, resin or glass-like material.
Next is organic gem materials like pearls, coral and amber. Other accessories that need to be exempted to the use of ultrasonic cleaners are heat-treated gemstones, gems that have been coated with plastic or wax and lastly, gems that are susceptible to heat and temperature changes.
It is crucial to know and familiarize yourself with the gems you have and what kind of cleaners you can use to clean them. The easiest way to clean your gems is by the use of warm water, mild dish soap and soft brush. There are many accessories that can scratch easily. That’s why it is essential to be familiar with the types of jewelry and how to take care of them.
And because of the pandemic, it is now important to sanitize your jewelry at home, read this infographic.