HOW TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR JEWELLERY
Shopping and buying diamonds — that’s the fun part. What comes after, much like a relationship, is going to take some work if you want the lustre to last. After all, when you decide to make a long-term investment, in jewellery and in love, the idea is to keep your interest going in a good place, no? The question is, how? While we are not quite equipped to give you advice on keeping the sparks flying in your relationship or marriage, we are more than qualified to offer you some good tips on taking good care of your sparklers.
Since we are talking about precious metals and gemstones, which are pretty resilient to environmental factors, you don’t have to worry too much about the temperature and humidity of the storage place. The more important thing to consider is safety, so it’s recommended that you keep your fine jewellery in a private safe. If the safe is big enough, you may lay out all the pieces without any contact with one another to prevent scratching. If space is limited, one solution is to put each individual piece inside a ziplock bag. Be careful with thinner pieces, and make sure that heavier items are not stacked on top of the more delicate ones.
Keep Them Shining Bright
There’s a simple DIY way to restore brilliance to your diamonds. With some warm water and a little dishwashing liquid or toothpaste (yes, you heard us right, toothpaste), use a soft toothbrush to gently brush over the stone(s). With the bristles, lightly poke into the nooks and crannies of the ring where the stone’s surface is visible and reachable. Be very careful not to tug too hard lest the bristles get caught, possibly loosening the prongs. You know the saying, “when you love someone, you should set them free”? Yeah, does not apply here. We are keeping our beloved diamonds close, very close.
Dos and Don’ts
- Do: Keep individual pieces separate.
- Do: Use ultra-sonic cleaners for diamonds only, not for your other stones.
- Do: Have a dedicated cloth for each piece of jewellery. Don’t: Use tissue or a cloth you’ve used on other things. This is to prevent foreign particles on the cloth from scratching your jewellery.
- Do: Give your jewellery, especially pearls, a wipe down at the end of the day. A crucial step for those who wear perfume or body lotions.
- Do: Keep a catalogue of your collection and their storage location, which allows for easier retrieval.
- Do: Send your jewellery to a preferred jeweller once a year to have them professionally cleaned.
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