We all love to have our jewels looking as shiny and new as the first day we bring them home, but if you’re not careful, you could quickly see your favourite new accessories not looking their best. Here are 5 simple and easy ways to keep your jewelry looking fresh and clean.
We all feel a little tired at the end of the day and can sometimes forget to take our jewels off with care to attention and wake up with a tangled mess of dainty chains and earrings. It’s a great idea to get in the habit of taking your jewelry off and tucked away in your jewelry box to keep everything organized and tarnish free. Also, don’t forget my great tip about keeping your necklaces in a re-sealable plastic bag with the clasp hanging out to prevent tarnish and tangles. Read more here.
That’s right, you want to keep your jewelry far away from any type of beauty, hair and home cleaning products, especially ones that you spray into the air (i.e. Hairspray!). These chemicals can damage your metals and gemstones very quickly and leave your favourite jewels looking less than sparkly or new.
Water and other liquids can also damage your jewelry. Some gemstones are set with a little bit of jeweler’s glue, and when you immerse your jewelry in water, it can loosen the glue and unset your stone. This also means taking your jewelry (rings, bracelets, etc.) off when washing your hands and taking a shower. Many soaps contain harsh ingredients that can also damage your metals and gemstones, especially porous stones like Freshwater Pearls and Turquoise.
Just like you clean your house as often as you have time, you should also consider taking a little time every couple of weeks to give your jewelry a little spring cleaning. Daily wear can dull your jewels, but a soft swipe of your polishing cloth and microfibre cloth can perk up the lustre and shine on your favourite jewelry and give it a quick clean.
When you’re ready to go to bed for a good night’s sleep, always make sure to take your jewelry off. Sleeping while wearing your jewelry is not recommended. This could break, tangle and make your jewelry dirty very easily. It’s always best to take all your jewels off before a night of rest.