Jewelry is, by definition, a timeless and very personal companion. But how to keep them as beautiful and shiny as the first day? Those of us who love these creations are in luck.
Cleaning your jewelry and keeping it in perfect condition is much simpler than it seems. Here are some basic tips on how to clean your gold, silver and gemstone jewelry.
How to clean gold and silver
There is no better, simpler or more economical to clean gold jewelry than with soapy water. Put the piece in a container with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent and let it act for a quarter of an hour. Then rub the gold with a cloth or, in the case of more hidden dirt, with a soft bristle brush. Rinse the jewelry well and let it air dry. It is important to remember that the water you use should not be too hot, as this could damage the precious stones or some of the elements that adhere to the gold.
How to clean diamonds and precious stones
Soapy water is also the best ally for cleaning diamond jewelry. Soak the piece in warm water with a few drops of detergent and, once the detergent has worked, clean the stone with a soft brush. Be especially careful with the back of the diamond, where more dirt may have accumulated.
How to clean porous pearls and gems
In the case of porous gems such as pearls, coral or amber, avoid immersing them in water. These types of organic gems should be cleaned with a damp cloth to prevent water from penetrating their delicate structure.
How to store your jewelry
Try to store your jewelry separately, in individual bags. This will prevent rubbing and knocks that could damage them.
When to wear jewelry
Always last: certain cosmetic products such as hairsprays, soaps or perfumes can damage the surface of some jewelry, especially those with treated stones. Make them the last element you add to your look: put on the jewelry at the end, after you have finished with everything else, and you will prevent these abrasive elements from falling on them.
Listen to common sense
Common sense dictates that for certain tasks it is better to take off jewelry with precious stones, which could suffer bumps, scratches or deteriorate with elements such as sea salt or chlorine from swimming pools, or even sweat, if you go out to play sports with them on.
Jewelry cleaning advice
Although, as you have seen, most jewelry can be cleaned with soap and water in a very simple way, in some cases it is advisable to go to a professional. Certain gems and creations are treated with products that extend their life and luster and these baths may require more delicate maintenance. Do not hesitate to contact your local retailer for advice on the best way to keep your jewelry as beautiful as the first day.