Jewellery is one of our most treasured and valuable accessories, therefore, it is imperative that we get familiar with how to properly take care of them in order to maintain their beauty and sparkle for generations to come. Your jewellery should be the last thing that you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night; this prevents your gemstone jewellery from being exposed to perfume and cosmetics that can harm gemstones and precious metals and it also prevents scratches and impacts when you sleep at night. Take rings off when washing hands, not just to keep them safe from harsh soap, but away from sinks and drains. Also, remove your gemstone jewellery when working with tools, moving heavy objects or doing anything that could potentially cause damage.
It is good practice to always clean your gemstone pieces with a clean, slightly damp, soft cloth after each time you wear them. This will remove any chemicals and oils that might be on the surface of the gemstones and this will also enhance their luster after a long day out. Gemstones often get smudged, soiled and dusty from every day wear or even sitting on a shelf. Lotions, soaps, oils, and grease can create a layer of film on top of your gemstone jewellery, significantly decreasing their brilliance and obscuring their colour; so, a thorough cleaning of your gemstone jewellery is recommended every 3 or 4 months.
Jewellery cleaning can be done via ultrasonic cleaning or hand cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaning machines clean jewellery by emitting high-frequency sound waves which creates many small cavitation bubbles. These bubbles agitate a liquid which then clears the surface of the jewellery from any contaminant substances. This type of cleaning is best left to jewellery professionals who know about different gems materials and understand when and how to use the ultrasonic cleaner safely. The safest cleaning methods are also the easiest; hand cleaning gemstone jewellery with warm water, soap (or toothpaste) and a soft brush is relatively cheap and safe. Mix together a solution of soap (or toothpaste) and water and then gently scrub your gemstones with a soft brush (preferably, a toothbrush). Afterwards, rinse the jewellery in a bowl of clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Caring for your gemstone jewellery also involves storing it in a clean and dry place such as a jewellery box. Ideally, choose a style of jewellery box that has many small compartments to ensure that each piece is well organized and separated. Without proper organization, pieces may knock into each other which can lead to gemstones becoming scratched or chipped. This level of organization will ensure that your gemstone jewellery stays 100% intact and ready to be worn whenever you need it.
Properly caring for your gemstone jewellery using proper storage and cleaning techniques will keep your precious pieces sparkling until the end of time.
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