Take care of your jewellery and it will shine for years. While every piece of jewellery looks beautiful, they can end up looking faded and may lose their shine if not cared for well. If you want your jewellery to look as good as new, then you need to take good care of it. Follow these simple steps to take care of your jewellery.
Sort out your jewellery whether it is imitation, pearl, gold, and silver so that you can use different methods for cleaning them. Place them separately - not jumbled together. If possible, separate gold and all other jewels from each other. Keep pearls especially in a different bag or box. Make sure that pearls' container is not too dry or airtight (they can get damaged).
Store your jewellery in zip or drawstring purses. Ensure that they of soft cloth like chintz, velvet or cotton. Avoid linen, net, georgette and jersey.This is the best way to protect your jewellery from external elements. If not, you can also put them in wooden boxes, their walls lined with foam and lay them on soft cotton wool.
Ask your local jewellery maker to inspect your jewellery on a regular basis for any damage. Try yourself not to harm it too much by dropping it or keeping it along with other sharp jewelry.
Use silver ‘dip’ type cleaners for cleaning silver jewellery. It is safer and the most effective way to retain shine in jewellery but don’t leave your jewellery in the dip for more than a few seconds. Make sure you dry them properly post cleaning.
Regularly polish your platinum and silver jewellery to avoid tarnishing. Polish them weekly or at least once a month (necessarily).
Gemstone jewellery needs to be taken extra care of, and you can do this by cleaning it with a soft brush and mild soapy water. You may also clean these items using jewellery cleaning solution as recommended by a professional.
Clean your antique jewellery only with the advice of a specialist or you risk ruining it. Don't take it near things that are high in acidity or chemical.
Try not to expose your jewellery to everyday chemicals such as hair products, cosmetics, perfumes, or direct sunlight, as they are likely to damage them.Keep them away from vinegar, lemon and acidic foods as well.
Avoid getting beaded or threaded pearl jewellery wet, they may lose their sheen. Simply wipe them with a soft damp cloth if they are exposed to cosmetics or perfume. Consult your jeweler whether it is safe to clean them with mild soap or toothpaste.
Avoid using abrasive cleaners on jewellery. The chemicals in these cleaner are extremely harsh; and are likely to strip the metals. Use them only for silver and gold; and only when it is necessary since they aren’t always the best solution.
Don’t use silver ‘dip’ cleaners on gold jewellery. Make use of jewellery cleaners intended solely for the purpose of cleaning gold.
Do not try to clean damaged jewellery, the problem can get worse.
- 平日保養: K金飾品表面會因長期配戴,因為磨擦而佈滿細小傷痕,也會降低飾品亮度,因此平常可以用專用布(非拭銀布)擦拭。
- 一般清潔: 平時清潔時可以使用酒精布擦拭,讓污垢與酒精一同揮發,再用清水及軟式牙刷輕刷,接著用布擦拭並使用吹風機吹乾,就可以維持飾品亮度。
- 超音波清潔: 如果已經嚴重磨損及變色,可以利用超音波清洗。
- 定期電鍍: 雖然平時可以使用專用布擦拭來達到表面拋整的效果,但建議可以定期將飾品做一之拋磨與電鍍處理,就能隨時保持飾品的光亮。