Spring is finally here… the season we’ve all been waiting for! Springtime is a unique time of year, that always seems to put an extra hop in our steps and fills us with the desire to start things fresh. To help create that clean slate, spring is also traditionally an opportune time to get out the mop and broom and clear out the clutter.
work to make things clean and new again, whether scrubbing the walls or
polishing up the woodwork, don’t forget to revitalize the sparkle to your
jewelry collection too. Your smallest treasures are often the ones most
overlooked. Now’s the perfect time to dust off the jewelry box and give the
precious items inside the attention they deserve.
cleaning know-how could prolong the life of your jewelry and with that in mind,
we have compiled a list of six simple, yet essential tips to help you care for
your gemstones right at home:
sure to steer clear of the sink when giving your bling a scrub. Gemstones get
slippery when wet and can pop out of your hand and down the sink before you
cluttered together, your immaculate jewelry can become scratched, even
diamonds! So, when you’re not wearing them, place each item in a separate, soft
case or box.
your jewelry often to avoid the build-up of dirt, which can be damaging to the
in doubt about what cleaning solution to use (as there are ones dedicated just
for diamonds, others for silver, while still other jewelry cleaners
specifically for pearls, opals, and emeralds), use warm water and a soft
toothbrush to get your gems glistening again.
can be cleaned with ammonia-based cleaners and with a mixture of rubbing
alcohol and isopropyl alcohol, using a soft toothbrush. Be sure to dry them
with a soft, clean cloth.
of pearls should be cleaned using a slightly damp cloth to wipe the dirt off.
If the string gets wet, it can weaken and be more prone to breakage.
The need for jewelry inspection
from at-home care, it’s wise to have your jewelry inspected by your jeweler on
a regular basis for loose settings and faulty clasps. A prong that is loose,
worn or catches on fabric may cause the precious stone to fall out of the setting.
At inspection, it’s also a good idea to have your jewelry re-evaluated based on
current market values to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage in the
unfortunate event of loss, theft or damage.
The last word
get in a spring-cleaning frenzy, pay some attention to what’s in your jewelry
box as well. With the proper jewelry care and cleaning know-how, you could keep
your precious pieces sparkly and looking like new for years to come.