In this Allure Jewellers guide to cleaning and caring for your jewellery we share what to avoid, how to store your precious items and the best way to clean your jewellery at home. Overtime and through use, jewellery will naturally be exposed to dirt, oils, beauty products, household cleaners and more. So what can you do to maintain the sparkle your jewellery had the day you received it?
Preventing damage to your jewellery
The best way to care for your jewellery is to avoid damaging it in the first place. Knowing what to steer clear of can keep your diamonds looking their very best, and will increase the longevity of your jewellery.
Avoid contact with beauty products - Try to remove your jewellery when applying hand creams, lotions, potions, hairspray and perfumes. Simply getting into the habit of applying your jewellery after you get ready will help with this.
Remove jewellery when undertaking heavier work - This includes gardening, DIY and cleaning. Even the highest quality jewellery is not immune to dinks and scratches when we go about our more physical chores. Contact with cleaning detergents and chemicals can cause tarnishing and corrosion. Of course, wearing glove is another option if you prefer not to be taking your jewellery on and off, and this will make sure nothing comes loose in the process.
Do not submerge jewellery in water for long periods of time - none of us would do this on purpose, but unknowingly whilst bathing, swimming, washing up or cleaning, our jewellery could spend more time underwater than is recommended. The effect is that items will eventually lose their sparkle and tarnish. If you are a regular swim regularly, be sure to remove your jewellery as chlorine will damage your jewellery.
How to store your jewellery
A safe, soft environment - When you are not wearing your jewellery, a good quality, fabric lined jewellery box is idea. To avoid pieces getting tangled and scratched, keep items separate and chains fastened.
Out of direct sunlight - Find a shaded or darker space for your jewellery as direct sunlight can cause damage to metals and discolouration.
Somewhere dry - Leaving jewellery in damp and wet environments such as bathrooms can tarnish and corrode metal and precious stones.
Caring for your jewellery at home
We recommend getting in touch to get your jewellery professionally cleaned every couple of years, but in the meantime, here are some simple steps to restore the sparkle to your diamonds at home:
1 - Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a mild washing up liquid
2 - Allow your jewellery to soak for 10-15 minutes
3 - Loosen any dirt with a soft bristled brush
4 - Check that any diamonds are secure, and look out for any loose stones or damaged settings and clasps
5 - Rinse off in clean cold water
6 - Clean and dry with a lint free cloth
We will be happy to help you with your next professional clean. Please get in touch to book your an appointment - you will be blown away to see your jewellery sparkle like the day you brought it home.