Before we get into the detailed care of each jewellery product, we’d like to share a story of one of our favourite customers from Hyderabad – a stunning woman who is always impeccably dressed. She even expressed to us that she chooses each product in her “look” to match her mood for the day. Over the years, while she came to us for new pieces to be designed and bought some of our designs as well, not once did she come for jewellery repair or cleaning and that got us very curious – HOW DOES SHE TAKE CARE OF HER JEWELLERY?
We obviously asked her and here’s what she said – “At the end of each day, no matter how tired or late I am, I make it a point to remove each piece of my jewellery, wipe it clean and place it in its designated storage box. It takes some effort, but it is totally worth all the effort to maintain my most prized possessions – my jewellery!”
And thus, we too learned a lesson that day - Jewellery that has been made with so much love deserves a little bit of care and attention every day for it to last forever.
Here is a simple guide that will help you take care of your jewellery:
Storing your jewellery-
- Store your jewellery in a dry place away from humidity, moisture and extreme temperatures.
- You should always store each piece of jewellery separately in its own box, or ideally in a soft-lined box or case/ in a pouch or a zip lock bag to prevent scratching, chipping or getting entangled.
- Pearl and gemstones should be stored separately as they are prone to scratching and wear and tear on contact with other pieces.
- Remember to take off your jewellery when you are going to do any activity that may risk scratching, knocking or damaging your jewellery. Be especially careful with gemstones. Make sure chains and necklaces are fastened when storing to avoid tangling.
- Make sure to wrap your jewellery individually in a soft cloth while travelling to avoid any damage that can be caused by impact.
While wearing your jewellery-
- This is one of the simplest to follow rules to take care of your jewellery – always put on your jewellery last after make-up, cosmetics and perfumes as these can potentially damage your jewellery.
- Keep your jewellery away from chemicals especially chlorine at all costs. If your jewellery has come in contact with chemicals, then rinse it with water immediately to minimize the damage.
- Organic gemstones like pearls and opals are particularly vulnerable and so should be kept away from acids, water and even perspiration.
- It is advisable to remove diamond jewellery before going for a shower. We understand that this may be a very tedious routine to follow but soap/ shampoo can damage your diamonds and reduce their radiance and shine.
- Diamond jewellery should also be removed before doing any physically strenuous activity like playing contact sports as it can lead to chipping or even breakage of the diamonds.
What are the best ways to keep my jewellery clean-
- The safest way to clean your jewellery is to wipe it with a clean, lint free cloth. This keeps the surface clean.
- Another way to ensure your jewellery is clean is to soak it in a solution of warm water and mild detergent – remember though – use only a mild detergent and not an abrasive, harsh one. You can also add a few drops of ammonia to warm water and let your jewellery soak. You can let this sit for anywhere between a half hour to overnight and then clean using an old toothbrush. This will help remove oil and dust. But please be gentle and don’t rub too hard or you may scratch the metal setting.
- If you have accidentally smeared make up or perfume/ oils onto your jewellery, you can use a cotton cloth and wipe it clean after use. Then store it in a jeweller’s bag or soft cotton bag.
- A word of caution in cleaning jewellery with soft stones such as pearl, amber, lapis lazuli, or turquoise as the water solution can harm the polish of the stone.
- The best way to clean gold jewellery is to dip it in a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap with a soft-bristled brush. For tougher stains, soak it in water for 3-4 minutes and then run cold water over it. Remember to dry the jewellery with a soft cloth before storing it.
Silver or SiGo (Silver and Gold) jewellery care-
- Sterling silver and silver coated with gold jewellery should be wrapped in tissue paper and then stored in a zip lock bag and seal to avoid tarnishing it.
- Do not use liquid cleaners for carved silver jewellery as the liquid dries into the engraving.
- Gentle rubbing with a silver cleaning cloth will restore the original brilliance of the surface.