Tips for taking care of jewellery

 
 

By Tian Po

 

Now that you’ve spent time, and a small fortune no less, to buy that perfect piece of jewellery, wouldn’t you like to keep it sparkling and dazzling forever? If you do, follow these simple tips which will make caring for your jewellery a cinch.

Diamonds

18k white gold with garnet and diamonds

Everyday exposure to creams, skin oils, household chemicals and other substances can lead to buildup which can dull the appearance of diamonds. To keep your diamonds looking their best, clean them once or twice a week by soaking them in a solution of warm water mixed with a few drops of ammonia and scrubbing gently with an old, soft-bristled toothbrush. Follow this with a quick rinse and dry gently with a soft lint-free cloth. Diamonds should ideally be stored individually and wrapped in a soft tissue or jewellery pouch to prevent scratches.

Precious Metals

Bangle (white & yellow gold)

Yellow and White Gold – Clean gold with a product specifically designed for gold jewellery, as the wrong cleaner can cause damage. To be perfectly safe, clean your jewellery with soap, water and a dull, soft toothbrush. Remove gold jewellery when swimming or working with household chemicals as they can cause pitting and discoloration. Frequently worn white gold jewellery, like a wedding ring, can require rhodium plating up to twice per year.

Rose Gold – Unlike white and yellow gold, rose gold is prone to tarnishing due to its high copper content, so use a cotton swab together with tarnish remover to clean it. Fortunately, rose gold does not require re-plating or lose its colour with wear. However, do avoid contact with harsh chemicals and chlorine as they can cause rose gold to lose its lustre.

Gemstones

 

Earrings

Precious Stones: Diamonds, Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires First, get a small dish of warm soapy water, immerse the gemstones and gently brush with a soft toothbrush. Rinse under running water then air dry or pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Alternatively, take them to a jewellery store for an ultrasonic cleaning.

Semi-precious stones: Tourmalines, Amethyst, Citrines and Garnets Easily cleaned with soap and water and should only be polished with a soft, dry cloth.

Pearls: Avoid perfume, detergent, hairspray and even jewelry cleaners. Only wipe gently with a soft cloth after use and avoid soaking them in any liquid. Don’t store your pearls in packages that are air tight because they might lose their moisture and crack.

Hope you enjoy caring for your precious.

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