Diamonds are forever, but even the hardiest gems need a little TLC now and again. Whether the jewelry in question is a family heirloom or a brand-new engagement ring, there are a few things that you can do easily in your home to keep your jewelry sparkling and safe!
Check your settings
Before you begin any cleaning, you must first check the diamond (or other gemstone) is secure. You can do this by gently pushing the diamond with your fingernail. If there is any movement, a ring repair will be necessary. This is usually a simple process, such as tightening the claws in the setting, however if the metal has deteriorated a larger repair may be necessary – this is more common in very old or second-hand jewelry.
For smaller diamond or gemstone accents, such as channel set diamonds or pave, it may be worth invested in a jeweler’s loupe. Not only will you look the part, but it will make it easier to spot any issues with the tiny diamonds. You can find cheap jeweler’s loupe’s available online.
Prevention is better than cure; a loose stone can be easily fixed, but a lost stone is a little more complicated.
Know Your Metals & Gemstones
Fine jewelry is usually crafted from a precious metal such as gold or platinum. It should be hallmarked and stamped with a number which tells you the purity of the metal.
Platinum and gold which is 9k – 18k can be cared for at home in the same manner. However, 22k or 24k gold is extremely soft – avoid using any pressure or anything that could scratch the surface.
Similarly, pearls and emeralds should never be submerged in water or soap. If you are unsure about your gemstone, take a look online or pop to your local jewelers to find out how to care for your gemstones.
Keep it Clean!
Start by removing your jewelry and setting it in a bowl full of warm water, washing up liquid and a splash of white vinegar.
Leave it to soak for ten minutes. Then, using a soft toothbrush, begin to gently clean the jewelry in small circles. Next, place the jewelry into a bowl of clean, warm water. Rinse and dry gently with a towel.
This is a simple, gentle way to clean your jewelry at home that can make a real difference!
When to Remove Your Jewelry
If cared for properly and taken for maintenance checks every two years, there is no reason why you cannot wear a piece of fine jewelry every day.
However, if you have a particularly hands on job, are taking part in sport or handling tools, place your jewelry somewhere safe until you are finished.
It is also advised that you remove your jewelry when applying hand cream or other body lotions.
Let it shine!
Jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed! A little due diligence and regular cleaning will keep it looking in top condition for years to come.