Jewelery is worn by millions of people ever day, but few recognize how often they can preserve their treasures by using some simple advanced planning and thought. Here are some basic guidelines to consider when wearing Jewelery.
Remove Jewelery during tasks.
When performing manual tasks, remove your Jewellery to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing Jewelery include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
Put Jewelery on after applying makeup.
Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage Jewelery. Putting Jewelery on after applying these materials will limit exposure to Jewelery and any potential damage.
Don't wear Jewelery in swimming pools and spas.
Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in Jewelery causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove Jewelery before entering the pool or spa.
Contact sports and Jewelery don't mix.
Hard blows during sports can damage Jewelery not to mention the people involved. All Jewelery should be removed before play begins.
Jewelery Care & Storage
For those that wear Jewelery regularly, keeping their Jewelery clean and looking good requires regular effort. Here are some general guidelines that may help:
Remove your Jewelery before bathing.
Remove all Jewelery before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.
Use Jewelery polishing cloths for best results.
Polish silver or gold with a Jewelery polishing cloth for best results. You can use a svelte or an old diaper, but the professional cloths are the best. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
Clean Jewelery with care.
Cleaning your own Jewelery regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning a solution yourself. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders, but bleach can literally destroy Jewelery so avoid it at all costs.
Use warm water to clean Jewelery.
Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your own Jewelery. How water can cause reaction with the cleaning fluids resulting in discoloration and Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, this problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.
Avoid cleaning damaged Jewelery
Never clean any Jewelery that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of Jewelery is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
Anyone that has a collection of Jewelery can appreciate how difficult it can often be to keep it organized. To improve the enjoyment of your Jewelery, we've assembled these suggestions that should keep your Jewelery organized and orderly.
Keep your Jewelery secure.
Store your Jewelery in a container and prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined Jewelery boxes are ideal, this can be as simple as using a shoebox and pieces of fabric.
Prevent Jewelery from tarnishing
Sometimes Jewelery tarnishes went it's not worn, especially silver and gold. To maintain the luster of your Jewelery, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish Jewelery.
Inventory your Jewelery.
Unfortunately, Jewelery can get lost or stolen. Taking a regular inventory can be incredibly useful when making an insurance claim or filing a police report. A photograph, a written physical description of each piece and it's cost is ideal. Furthermore, store that information apart from your Jewellery in the event it is taken too.
When travelling with Jewelery use a travel case
Travelling can be tough on Jewelery, so it's wise to use a travel case to protect your favorite pieces. Traditionally made of fabric or leather, a Jewelery travel case can carry Jewelery of all types and easily rolls up to a size that's easily stored in most suitcases, makeup cases or business attaches. Clearly, a case like this is a good investment to protect your Jewelery on the road.