Top Tips on How to keep your jewellery Tip Top!
When was the last time you took your engagement ring back to your jeweller and had it checked over? Even just from a basic clean to making sure the stones haven’t moved or the claws keeping the stones in position are still holding strong? Diamonds and gemstones are some of the hardest substances on earth, but jewellery care is still needed. Yet most people once they own a piece of jewellery don’t take it back to the jeweller to either get it cleaned or checked. But not to worry, you can clean your gold, silver and diamond jewellery at home and done correctly with the right cleaning tools and techniques, your jewellery will look beautiful for years.
The official line and the best advice is to take your jewellery for regular check-ups back to your jeweller, where they not only clean the jewellery but check the setting remains secure. However, there are a few top tips that you can do at home to bring back that newly engaged sparkle back to your diamonds, sapphires and rubies and we all want sparkly jewels, don’t we?
One note of caution: Emeralds and all Beryl are both porous and fragile and don’t react well to detergents. Do not use any solvent or alcohol when cleaning jewellery with these stones.
Oh and another note of caution: anything you do should be done over a bucket or a bowl. I haven’t written a post about fishing rings from a drain yet…
1. Gin! Yes mother’s ruin is the answer. If you soak your diamond, sapphire or ruby jewellery in a little gin, while gently swirling the liquor with your finger for around 20 mins, then rinse them under a warm tap and pat dry with a lint-free cloth, you will be dazzled by the results. If your house is devoid of gin, vodka can be used in its place.
2. Good old soap and water. You’ll need a bowl of warm soapy water and a toothbrush for this one. If there is any caked-on residue – like hand cream, soap or pastry, an overnight soak may be the answer. After which take a toothbrush designed for newborn babies so the bristles are super soft and won’t scratch and gently clean the jewellery, don’t forget the underside that sits against your skin as this where most residue will reside. After this simply rinse and pat dry with a lint free cloth – and just like that they are sparkling like new again.
3. Flash – or any all-purpose cleaner really does clean everything. Add a small amount to a bowl and using a soft bristle brush, gently clean your ring. Giving it a little soak will help soften up whatever is stuck fast.
4. Handle with care. Many people very rarely take their wedding jewellery off, but if you have a safe place to leave your rings while you are working with harsh household chemicals, going to the gym, or even gardening – then, to protect not only the diamonds, sapphires and rubies but the metal they are encased in from damage or scratching, it really is best to just take them off.
5. Storing. Diamonds, sapphires and rubies are difficult to scratch, especially diamonds – but they can and do scratch each other. The best way to store each piece of jewellery is to keep each piece separate from each other minimise the risk of scratching to the stones and metal. The original box the jewellery came in or a soft pouch would be perfect. Don’t leave them loosely because this is when breaks, scratches and chips can occur.
6. Taking it to the jewelers – Get a jewellery MOT. Diamond and stone settings may loosen over time, therefore taking your ring to a specialist diamond jeweler is always advisable. Have the ring checked for any wear and tear, warped prongs and ask for an expert clean. Because once a diamond, sapphire or ruby is lost, all you’ll have to show for it is a hole where it once was.
If you would like a professional to look at your jewellery, give it a clean and check the settings, give me a call. If you’re in Central London, you can even come and visit Haruni Fine Gems offices on Hatton Garden and we’ll take a look at it for free.
Looking after your jewels is important. Making your jewelley keep it’s sparkle is easy to do if you follow these simple steps:
- A gentle clean with warm soapy water will go a long way to bring back shine.
- Avoid wearing gem set jewellery when doing any physical activity such as going to the gym, household cleaning or gardening.
- Store your jewellery safely when not wearing it. make sure it doesn’t have contact with other stones or metal.
- Get your jewellery serviced by a jeweller. The more you wear it, the more it should be serviced.
I hope this post has been of some use and helps you bring your jewels back to life. Like everything in life, a little TLC goes a very long way. If you would like our opinion on anything you’ve read here, please contact us by email at [email protected], or call us on +442072423748.
If you have any top tips for keeping your jewellery looking box fresh, please post them below.