Since jewelry is one of the most cherished and expensive possessions that you may have, it is natural that you would want to take really good care of them to ensure that not only they keep looking their best but also hold their value well. However, most people are clueless about maintaining jewelry and often end up damaging them permanently. Some useful jewelry maintenance tips:
Don’t Expose Jewelry to Excessive Light and Heat
When there is repeated or extensive exposure to strong light and high temperatures, precious stones like amethyst, topaz, kunzite, etc. can fade or even suffer damage. Strong sunlight can cause delicate materials like pearls and ivory to bleach and lose their lovely natural tinge. Some gemstones like amber can become even dark when exposed to strong light. Apart from changes in color, high heat and sudden swings in temperature can also result in the gemstones becoming fractured. Excessive heat can also dry out the natural moisture contained in many gems, which then can become discolored and crack; opals and pearls are especially at risk.
Prevent Exposure to Chemicals
Jewelry buyers NYC should know that exposure to strong chemicals can spoil the looks of many precious metals and even corrode them. Gold, silver, platinum, and even colored gemstones can be spoilt by common items of daily use like perfumes, hairspray, creams, and lotions. The jewelry can lose its original color and the surface can get damaged by repeated exposure to these substances that we take for granted. You should remove precious jewelry before diving into a swimming pool because the chlorinated water can cause corrosion to the jewelry. Even before using household cleaners, you should remove your jewelry to prevent them being exposed to ammonia and other strong solvents that can cause irreversible damage.
Take Special Care of Treated Gems
When you buy jewelry, you should specifically ask if any of the gems have been treated to improve their color and clarity because often these can be damaged by heat, steam, solvents, and even ultrasonic cleaners. A GIA report is the best source of information about whether your jewelry has undergone special treatments. If you use an ultrasonic cleaner, be sure to know what you can clean with it; treated, coated or organic materials are especially at risk. Even the heat and vibration of these devices can sometimes result in the mountings becoming lose or chip the gemstones.
The best way to take care of your jewelry on a routine basis is with warm water and mild soap, not detergent,and a soft brush. Clean thoroughly but not vigorously and then rinse in clean drinking water before pat drying with a soft lint-free cloth. Never make the mistake of washing jewelry directly in the sink as it is all too easy to lose a stone. Let the pieces naturally air dry without the help of a hairdryer. Any jewelry that is strung with silk thread may require regular restringing. If you use your jewelry regularly, take them to a jeweler once a year for professional cleaning.
Anthony Karen is a fashion designer. She worked with many firms and individuals in choosing the best wedding bands, wedding accessories and the best spas for the bridal parties and the groom.