Picking your prized possession in the shop, you can’t wait to unravel the packaging and wear it for a special occasion. On the first day, it sparkles against the night sky and shines beautifully. Months later, your jewellery has aged. It pitifully exists and quickly finds its way to the bottom of your jewellery box.
Whilst your accessories will lift your spirits and amp your outfit, you have to care for your jewellery in order for it to last you a lifetime.
Caring For Your Jewellery
To keep your bling sparkling, here’s how to treat your jewellery according to its material.
- Store your accessories in a velvet-lined box or wrap in a soft cloth to protect it.
- As gold-plated jewellery is prone to scratches, always keep it away from hard surfaces as it will wear the layer of gold away quicker. Remove when performing vigorous tasks such as cleaning.
- To keep it in tip-top condition, use a polishing cloth to gently rub any debris or wipe with a damp cotton cloth after a few uses.
- Throwing in a storage box with other jewellery (particularly with dissimilar materials).
- Leaving on a dressing table or surface overnight where you can scratch it against the surface when you pick it up.
- Always rub off any excess makeup, dirt, or debris immediately as anything left on sterling silver is noticeable and can easily scratch the surface when you touch it.
- Clean your sterling silver jewellery with a cotton cloth. In a circular motion, rub the accessory with light pressure.
- Fact: Wear your sterling silver jewellery often as the natural oils in your skin clean the surface.
Things to avoid:
- Contact with cleaning solutions such as harsh chemicals or rubber gloves.
- Remove jewellery in excessive heat or when you’re swimming or out in the sun.
- Always apply your sterling silver after getting dressed and spritzing perfume, as lotions and sprays can tarnish its glow.
- You needn’t worry about exposing stainless steel jewellery to household products like the above, as it will not tarnish easily. But to prevent any unwanted scratches, dry hands with a soft towel, or remove rings altogether when your hands are in water.
- Dip a lint-free cloth into tepid soapy water and gently wipe the jewellery to remove any smears. Rub in the direction of its natural lines. Moisten the cloth and remove any soap. Air dry if possible, or if you’re in a rush, dab with a clean towel.
Things to avoid:
- Contact with toothpaste or bleach, as it can discolour stainless steel jewellery.
- Try to wear only one stainless steel ring on each finger so it does not scratch against other accessories.
- Storing it with other materials. As stainless less is tough and hard, it can easily damage delicate chains and flimsy rings.
You’ve spent time and money choosing your stunning jewellery, so treat it like your baby and love it for life.
Amy Poole x