New Year’s Party? Make your jewels sparkle!
3 simple steps to clean your jewellery, and how to store them
Taking jewellery off one party after another, one evening you realise that your favourite piece has lost its shine and started to look almost lacklustre! It’s all too easy to cover oneself in champagne, food, wine and cheese crumbs after a dinner, so it’s no surprise that your jewellery suffers too. We all have pieces that are worn daily so it’s important not to fall into the trap of thinking they have escaped the madness of the party season and could do with some TLC.
The most important to remember is to clean jewellery regularly and store it properly. This will ensure that whenever you take a piece out it will shine at its best and keep you looking fabulous!
Cleaning your jewels
Cleaning your jewels is easy; all you need is a little patience and care. Here is the simplest and safest way to take care of your gemstones.
Step One – Soak
Soak the jewellery in lukewarm water with a little mild soap, avoiding harsh cleaners. Don’t rush, leave them in for 20 – 40 minutes. Acidity and heat are likely to cause changing of colour of the stone.
Step Two – Rinse + Brush
Gently rinse the soapy water off. Then use a soft brush to gently clean under running water.
Step Three – Dry
It is important to know that natural gemstone should never be exposed to heat or extreme temperature changes. Therefore, when drying them you should either use a soft cloth or air dry. Direct sunlight should be avoided.
While most natural stones will react well to the above process, there are some exceptions. A quick double-check of the jewellery cleaning chart is highly recommended if you are not sure.
For example, soft porous gemstones such as pearls, coral, turquoise, amber should not be soaked. Also, Amber and chrysocolla should not be brushed as this may leave scratches.
Of course, there are other ways of cleaning, such as steam or ultrasonic, but our method is the safest way if you decide to have a quick clean before a night out.
We often forget that fact that different stones are of a different hardness and may scratch each other if placed in the same box. If you place diamond with amethyst, it is very likely that your amethyst will be spoiled…
The best way to store your jewels is to keep them in a leather pouch or wrap them in soft fabric covers to avoiding damaging them or other jewellery.
Most jewellers offer cleaning service, but keeping your jewels on the top form on a regular basis is critical. Apart from a regular cleaning of them, there are few more things you should bear in mind:
§ Don’t pick up the jewellery by the gemstone – this is to avoid the natural oils on your finger building up around the gemstones, which lessens their shine and, more importantly, might loosen the stones.
§ Take them off when working with harsh chemicals – needless to say, gemstones are easily damaged when touching harsh chemicals. We understand wearing your favourite garnet bracelet while cleaning the kitchen makes you feel marvellous, but jewellery should not get involved in your hard work and instead relax in a leather pouch.
I hope now that you and your jewellery are ready for the New Year Party!