When it comes to fine jewelry, many people see it as an heirloom in addition to beautiful every day or special occasion jewelry. Before you can pass down your jewelry from generation to generation, you need to take care of your jewelry first. There are some simple everyday steps you can take to make sure your ring stays radiant and well-kept every day until you're reading to pass it on. When it comes to taking care of jewelry, you need to be aware of your daily habits. Basic jewelry care and maintenance calls for taking your rings and jewelry off when doing household cleaning, gardening and even when applying makeup. The dirt, dust and chemicals of household products can cause physical damage to the shine and metal to your rings or jewelry. These may be basic tips when it comes to jewelry care, but it helps place you on the right track. For more on what additional jewelry care supplies you may need, read more of Sears' jewelry care plan tips.
If you've noticed your diamond doesn't shine like it used to or that your metal jewelry is starting to tarnish, it's time for a cleaning. Many jewelers suggest you bring in your fine jewelry—like diamonds, gemstones and pearls—at least once a year for professional cleaning, but there are tips and tricks to how to polish jewelry in the meantime. While you may assume soap and water may do the job right, it actually can make certain jewelry look dull because of a film that forms. To prevent film from forming, use gold or silver polish cleaner to spruce up your rings, necklaces and other metal jewelry. A soft cloth or polishing cloth is also recommended on jewelry, as towels and tissues may scratch and cause further damage.
There are several household cleaning products and hygiene care items that can help you clean your precious metals and gemstones, saving you time and money from going to a jeweler. Besides polish cleaner, you can use rubbing alcohol to dissolve the grime on metal jewelry. Just soak your jewelry in rubbing alcohol, rinse with warm water and pat dry with a cloth.
When it comes to diamonds and gemstones, like rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, soak them in a glass of club soda overnight. The club soda will brighten the sheen of these stones and look good as new. Alternatively, use a little bit of ammonia mixed with water and a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub away any tarnish or discoloration. Just rinse with warm water then dry your jewelry with either a soft cloth or let it air dry.
You need to be a little more delicate with pearls when cleaning and polishing them. Clean each pearl with a soft cloth of water and mild soap. Avoid using chemicals and solvents on cultured pearls, as it will ruin their beauty. However, lay pearl strands flat to dry; hanging your pearl bracelets or necklaces can stretch the strands. Pearls are sensitive jewelry to begin with and their surfaces easily scratch, so taking care of them begins with how you store them, not when you clean them. Keep your pearls in a chamois bag or wrap them in tissue; set them aside separately in a jewelry box since harder gemstones and metal edges of a jewelry box.
While knowing how to polish jewelry is important to its maintenance and life expectancy, knowing how to properly store and wear them is essential too. Delicate pearls should be kept separate from hard gemstones, while rings and necklaces should be kept apart from each other to avoid knotting and tangling. While you may feel comfortable wearing your jewelry when doing household chores or getting ready for the day or for your night out, it's important to remove your jewelry while any form of chemicals, soaps or products as they can tarnish your jewelry. Jewelry care starts from the moment of purchase, so if you want to pass them down to your daughter, be sure to take proper care. Whether you use jewelry care supplies and regular household items, you'll be able to restore your jewelry to their original shine.