Have you ever held a jewel descending from the bygone era? The lustrous antique efficaciously eludes our sight of the ages it has seen, leaving us awestruck over the timeless beauty wondering as what might have been arranged with these fragile artistic creations. It’s a relationship that exists between the owner and the owned, a fragile one that requires nothing more than a perennial though trivial care. We present before you some easy methods to keep this relationship as fresh as the drops of morning dew.
Do remove all jewelry before taking a shower or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form on jewelry making it dull.
Do Apply your make-up, hair spray and perfume before your jewelry, the chemicals in them will damage the finish of the metal and gemstones.
Do keep gemstone studded jewelry, pearls, and gold and silver pieces separated from each other to prevent scratching. Store fine jewelry pieces in soft pouches, soft cloth wraps or plastic “zip-lock” bags to help protect them.
Activity which might expose a gemstone to sharp blows-such as gardening, working with hand tools, or playing sports-may also damage a gemstone.
Rings, regularly worn, need regular cleaning to remove the film caused by, cosmetics, soap, and skin oil that may cloud the ring`s beauty.
Don’t wear gold jewelry in the pool or hot tub or when using chlorine bleach or cleaners. Exposure to chlorine can permanently damage and discolor your gold jewelry.
Don’t use toothpaste to clean your jewelry although it is commonly advised. Toothpaste is too abrasive to be used and may scratch the surface diminishing the beauty and value.
A mild soap and water solution used with a soft brush is effectual for many home jewelry care needs. Even though soap and water is the best choice for most gems and jewelry, do not use soap and water with Amber, Coral, Emerald, Jade, Kunzite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, or Turquoise.
Dry the jewelry with a soft microfiber towel. This method of cleaning is particularly desirable for Alexandrite, Amethyst, Andalusite, Aquamarine, Citrine, Diamond, Garnet, Iolite, Moonstone, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, Tanzanite, Topaz, Tourmaline, and Zircon.
Fine jewelry should be taken to jeweler for assessment & cleaning. All the prongs for gemstone security should be checked.
Use commercial jewelry cleaners with caution. Commercial jewelry cleaners are usually no more effective than the household cleaners suggested above, but they are more convenient. They are normally safe for diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, but may be harmful to some gemstones.
Never soak gemstone jewelry in commercial cleaners for more than a few minutes. You should also know that commercial cleaners are not recommended for Opal, Pearl, Coral, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Emerald. They may damage or reduce the shine on these stones.
Silver is a natural metal that oxidizes when it comes in contact with humid air. Rubbing a polishing cloth over silver, every-so-often, will keep the surface shiny.
Heirloom Jewellery Care
Here are some tips on how to take good care of your Jadaau Jewelry.
– When replacing the jewelry after use, wipe it with a suede cloth to restore its shine.
– If space is an issue, place the jewelry in between layers of cotton wool and seal it in a good plastic bag.
– Do not clean the jewelry with soap and water.
– Keep a pouch of desiccant with the piece to protect it from tarnishing due to excessive humidity. Dampness causes the silver in the setting to tarnish and the enamel to crack.
– Handle the silk chord used to adjust the length of the necklace with care. Never wet the chord as it causes the zari in it to discolor.