Luxury jewellery should last you a lifetime, but you do have to take proper care of it. While it makes sense to have the professionals take a look at your jewellery every year or so, there are some steps that you can take to keep it looking its best.
Think about how you store your jewellery, as different gemstones will have different hardnesses, which could mean that they scratch and damage each other they brush against one another.
Think about storing your jewellery in soft-lined compartments and make sure to keep it out of any direct sunlight and away from damp.
Usually, your best bet is to just keep the items in the boxes that they initially came in, but you might want to wrap them in tissue or cotton to help keep the pieces away from any dust or moisture which will cause them to lose their shine.
Be sure to take care when wearing your jewellery, being sure to put it on last, so that clothes don’t catch on it, and put on any makeup or hairspray before jewellery too so that it doesn’t contaminate it.
Also, make sure that you take your jewellery off before undertaking any manual work or exercise as this could cause it to get nicked and damaged.
Water and other chemicals from things such as soap and cosmetics can also contaminate the jewellery and cause discolouration and tarnishing.
If your jewellery does come into contact with any water or chemicals, be sure to use a soft tissue or towel to dry them off.
While it’s obviously best to go to a professional to get your jewellery properly cleaned, you can give it a gentle clean at home too.
Always try to be as gentle as possible when doing this and be careful not to rub too hard.
Exactly how best to clean the jewellery will depend on the piece itself, so it’s best to follow advice from the jeweller or check out this post from Reader’s Digest.
It’s a good idea make sure that your jewellery has all of the right paperwork, just in case any serious damage does occur, or if you were to lose them.
Make sure you have an up to date valuation for any pieces that you own, as this will be important should you ever need to make an insurance claim on them.
Most jewellers will offer valuation services, so your best bet is probably to head back to wherever you bought the piece from.
He sure to keep your eye out for these five things when getting your jewellery valued to ensure you’re getting a professional service!
While it’s good to try and keep your items in the best possible condition, there’s no replacement for having them professionally cleaned.
H Hogarth jewellers recommend that you have your jewellery cleaned about once a year, although delicate or older pieces may require more regular clean than this, but once you see the wonders that can be worked, you’ll understand why it’s recommended, and the cleaners may pick up on some damage which you may otherwise have missed.