If you love a good accessory as much as we do, then you know the importance of making sure you keep them as clean and sparkly as possible. Well, if making frequent trips to your jeweller and forking out wads of cash to get your necklaces and rings professionally scrubbed doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, this one’s for you! Our experts have rounded up their top tips for keeping your fashion and fine jewelry in dazzling conidition, and it will cost you the equivalent of a toothbrush… No, really!
Prevention – What you can do each time you wear your jewellery to avoid scratches in the first place.
- When you store you jewelry, make sure you place the item on a soft surface to avoid scratching.
- Always apply your lotions, hairspray and perfume before putting on jewelry – the chemicals from cosmetics can discolour the accessories.
- Similarly, never expose your jewelry to household cleaning products or chlorine swimming pool.
- Lastly, you should always get your jewelry professionally cleaned once or twice a year to remove all the dirt that you might miss.
- Sterling silver should always be kept in an anti-tarnish bag or cloth.
- Clean your silver with a soft, 100% cotton (nub free) cloth or special sterling silver cloth.
- Silver is a soft metal and can scratch easily – don’t rub it too briskly when you clean it!
- Even paper, polyester and coarse fabrics contain wood fibres or synthetics that can cause tiny scratches. Silver also tarnishes when exposed to air, so how you store your silver is important.
- For silver with a heavier tarnish, mix a emulsion of three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and clean with a soft, lint-free cloth (not paper towels, which, as we know, can scratch it).
- Give your gold a bubble bath by pouring a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda. Leave it to soak for five minutes, then go over settings and crevices with a soft toothbrush.
- For fashion jewelry, especially if stones are glued rather than set, dab a cloth into the sodium-solution and gently wipe any smudges or grime, then rinse with a cloth dampened in plain water.
- When you’ve finished cleaning, lay the pieces upside down so moisture won’t soak into any settings.
- Always remove your gold jewelry before showering or cleaning because soap and chemicals can cause a film to form on karat gold, which makes it appear dull and dingy.
- Pearls are very soft and need extra special care and attention. You shouldn’t even store them alongside other jewelry in your jewelry box, as this can lead to scratches and nicks. Instead, keep your pearls in a fabric lined box or fabric pouch.
- A pearl necklace will gradually absorb acid from the skin, which will eat into the pearl causing is to lose its luster. To avoid this, gently wipe your pearls down with either a wet or dry soft cloth, which will prevent anyway long term damage.