Caring for Your Precious Jewelry

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A few tips on looking after jewelry items such as delicate metals

Introduction

One of the earliest known pieces of jewelry made by modern humans was identified by scientists to be 90,000 and 100,000 years old, made from Nassarius shells. To say a lot has changed since then would be an understatement, however one thing has truly stood the test of time. Jewelry, it has the ability to lift spirits, become an heirloom and have its own story. Whatever the reason may be, we humans love to adorn ourselves in it, big or small, real or fake, jewelry has the power to capture a part of our personality and project it to the world.

Most of us wear jewelry to express our style and add a personal touch to our day to day attire. Some people choose to cover themselves in it, for others a simple stud will do. Our jewelry is often a very personal thing with a lot of sentimental value attached, here are a few tips on caring for your most treasured possessions.

Be Careful with Light and Heat

Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can also affect the color of gemstones. Pearls and other delicate metals or stones will bleach under extreme exposure to light so it is imperative to keep your jewelry out of direct sun where possible. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much sunlight.

Keep Them Stored Safe

Jewelry boxes can be a great way to keep your treasured belongings safe and sound, whilst being elegantly displayed. Proper jewelry storage is an important part of caring for your jewelry, you should never leave it in a drawer or on top of your dresser, this will inevitably result in scratched and damaged gems. Usually when you purchase jewelry, it will come in a box or pouch from the store which is intended to keep them scratch free and clean. Jewelry boxes for women that feature individually padded slots for rings and padded drawers to keep bracelets and necklaces in are also undoubtedly the best way to store your precious jewelry.

Stay Clear of Chemicals

High exposure to chemicals can cause damage or discolor to your precious metals like gold, silver and platinum. A lot of everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, perfume or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that can pose a threat to your jewelry, particularly pearls and other delicate gems. You should always remember to remove any fine jewelry before swimming in a chlorinated swimming pool or when using certain household cleaners. Many of these cleaners contain ammonia which is too harsh for your delicate gems or vintage jewelry.

Many jewelry stores will offer free check-ups or professional cleaning, it is recommended that jewelry should be checked and cleaned every six months. Keep a look out for a jeweler with professional training and a good reputation, ask friends or family for recommendations on any good establishments they have used in the past.

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