While the saying goes, “Diamonds are forever” and “Silver shines like the moon in the sky”; maintaining their luster and beauty is easier said than done. We all agree that expensive pieces will continue to sparkle with proper care, while the less expensive ones can look great for many years with appropriate storage. Here is how you can keep your diamond jewellery sparkling, and your gold and silver shimmering, on your own.
Storage plays an important role irrespective of whether it is your priceless heirloom treasures or your inexpensive costume accessories.
- Diamonds are considered to be the hardest substance discovered, but can still be prone to chipping. Also, in old pieces the set metal may loosen and the stone might fall off. They need to be stored in soft boxes, and you should make sure that they cannot be jostled even while travelling.
- Gold, silver and platinum are rather soft metals. If long chains tangle up, they may get mangled. Also, they are extremely susceptible to scratches, which are irreparable. They need to be kept separately, in individual pouches or boxes.
- When gold jewellery is put together with silver, the reaction causes the gold to turn into a coppery red, which is extremely unflattering. So while many people like to store gold in silver boxes, it is actually very damaging.
- Silver turns black on contact to air and certain synthetic materials. The best way to store, is by putting them in zip-lock plastic bags, so that air cannot affect them. Then, they can be stored in soft pouches to avoid getting deformed.
- Wrapping the any jewellery tightly in acid free cloth-paper is also an inexpensive way of storing treasured pieces safely. It ensures that they don’t get scratched, tangled or change colour. This is the best technique for silver and gold earrings.
Keeping them Clean
Half your work is already done if you have been storing them the right way. However, here is how you can make them sparkle for a special occasion. Also, remember never to wash these pieces under an open drain.
- Diamonds Jewellery and other gemstone pieces:
- Dust, oil and our own skin cause gems to lose their sparkle.
- A detergent bath in warm water is the easiest way to keep them clean and get the grime out.
- Ensure that you do not use detergents containing chlorine since they have corroding effects.
- A soft bristle toothbrush can be used to gently remove the dirt trapped in crevices.
- They can be left to rest in the warm water for a few minutes for stubborn grim.
- After the gemstones are thoroughly rinsed, they must be air dried, and later polished using only a soft material like a micro-fiber cloth, before going back to its storage box.
- Instead of detergent, a combination of baking soda and clear vinegar can also be used.
- For opals and pearls, chemicals should never be used. This is because they are porous and delicate. Distilled water on a soft cloth should be used to clean them after every use. Also, running them under tap water might weaken the strings, so the damp cloth is your best bet.
- Precious metals – Gold, Silver and Platinum
- The same detergent wash will work for these metals as well.
- In the case of while gold, it requires a delicate touch owing to the thin rhodium lining that gives it its beautiful shade. Cloths are available especially for cleaning such metals. You can to a bit of online shopping for the right supplies.
- Never use tissue paper to polish these metals, micro-fiber cloth is a better substitute.