Jewelry is meant to be worn and shown off, not kept in a box. It’s also meant to last a lifetime, and should when properly taken care of. Taking the right steps to clean and maintain your jewelry early on is the best way to make sure it lasts for generations. Each type of jewelry has it’s own set of do’s and don’ts when it comes to maintenance and cleaning, so be sure not to take a one-size-fits all approach. Below i’ll go over some tips and suggestions for taking care of each type of jewelry.
Just because diamond is one of the toughest materials known to man doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be taken care of. Diamonds can still be damaged by a sudden impact so make sure not to wear it when doing any manual labor or strenuous activity. One of the most important rules of diamond jewelry is to never wear it in the pool, hot tub, or when you’re using household cleaning products like bleach. Chlorine can discolor the mount on your diamond jewelry. You should also use a diamond cleaner or a homemade mix of water and ammonia to clean your diamonds regularly.
Gold jewelry should always be removed when doing dishes, washing hands, showering, or any other situation that soap is involved. The reason for this is because a film can form on gold when it is exposed to soap. As with diamonds and most other jewelry, keep gold out of the hot tub and any other source of chlorine, as it can cause serious and permanent damage especially when combine with high temps. Clean your gold with a toothbrush or a soft chamois cloth and a diluted ammonia solution.
Pearls are one of the most delicate types of jewelry. You should never use any chemicals on pearls, cleaning should just be done with plain water. Also be sure to put on any perfume or hairspray on before putting on your pearls as these chemicals can damage them as well. Ladies: think twice before tossing your string of pearls into your purse. Pearls are easily scratched by sharp objects such as pens and bobby pins.
The Bottom Line
Exercise some common sense when it comes to caring for your fine jewelry. Your jewels are an investment, and you should treat them accordingly. A little work can go a long way in making your jewels shine bright years down the road.