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Care for all your Jewellery

How to look after your Jewellery

This week, we’re looking at the best ways to care for all your precious pieces of jewellery, from diamond rings to gold necklaces, we’ll show you tried and tested ways to make sure your jewellery always looks as fabulous as you, and stays protected against wear and tear. 

Jewellery is often the most special thing we own. Whether it was given to you to celebrate a special occasion or milestone, a gift from the loved one in your life or handed-down from generations above, there is every reason to look after your jewellery to ensure it still brings you a smile every time you wear it. So without further ado, here are our top tips for taking care of your jewellery.

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The worst jewellery care mistakes

jewellery_careWhether it’s your precious engagement ring, a long-loved family heirloom or a particularly beloved piece from your collection, you will want to keep your jewellery sparkling for as long as possible. Avoid these jewellery care mistakes to optimise your shine time and keep your gems in tip top condition.

Cleaning all metals with the same solution

You’ve made a positive step by investing in a specialist cleaning solution, but not all precious metals were created equal, and some cleaners are only suitable for certain materials. Make sure you read the label and if in doubt, ask your jewellery – otherwise you could end up doing more harm than good!

Applying products while wearing jewellery

Typically, the finishing touch to your outfit is a spritz of perfume or a quick blast of hairspray – but when you’re wearing expensive jewellery, you need to rethink this order. The chemicals in many aerosols and cosmetics can tarnish jewellery and negatively affect its appearance, so apply them well before you slip on your favourite necklace or pair of earrings.

Storing jewellery all together

Every item of jewellery is different, and as such your diamond ring will benefit from a different storage solution to your platinum pendant. Keep your items separate if they’re at risk of getting tangled, secure, and out of the way of extreme temperatures for maximum life and longevity.

Spring clean your jewellery

diamond-ringsThere may still be a chill in the air outside, but the warmer months are on their way and it’s almost time for a spot of spring cleaning! Whilst you’re clearing out cupboards and scrubbing the floors, don’t forget that your jewellery could also do with a bit of TLC too. Here are some great tips to help you get your favourite pieces shining in no time.

Get it repaired

If you’ve got a necklace with a broken clasp, a pearl bracelet that needs restringing or even a diamond ring that’s fallen prey to a chip, all is not lost! Many of the stores in Hatton Garden offer a jewellery repair service which allows them to put your once loved item back into perfect working order.

Polish it up

If your jewellery isn’t broken or damaged, but has lost its original lustre, purchase a specially formulated jewellery cleaning solution and a soft microfiber cloth and give it a polish to bring out its previous sparkle. If you want a deeper clean or are worried about applying the solution yourself, pop in and see one of Hatton Garden’s jewellers – they’ll be happy to advise on the best methods to get your gold, silver or other precious item back to its former glory.

Store it properly

Now that your jewellery is in tip top shape, it’s important to take steps to ensure that it stays that way! Jewellery storage options range from silk lined pouches to designated jewellery boxes, but no matter which option you choose, it’s time for those days of throwing your pieces on the bedside table to end. Look after your jewellery properly and you’ll be able to enjoy it for many more years to come.

Taking care of your silverware

Smart and shiny silverware can be a lovely addition to any home, but all too often, people aren’t aware of the best way to take care of it – resulting in it become tarnished and dull. This guide to taking care of your silverware will tell you all you need to know to brighten up your bowls and keep your cutlery bright and beautiful – you’ll be amazed how easy it is!

Cleaning
To clean your silverware, follow these five simple steps:

  1. Rinse the item in hot water to remove dust
  2. Line a heat proof dish with aluminium foil
  3. Add 1tbsp baking soda, 1tbsp salt, and 4.5 litres of boiling water to the dish
  4. Submerge your jewellery into the solution, resting them directly on the foil
  5. Once the tarnish has been removed, gently dry the item with a soft cloth

Polishing
Now that your silverware is clean and tarnish free, it’s time to enhance its shine! Invest in a good quality silver polish or cream and buff the item with a soft cotton cloth or cellulose sponge (these materials are recommended because they will not scratch the metal). When you are done, rinse the item under a gentle flow of water and dry it completely with a soft, clean cloth.

Storage
To keep your silverware in the best possible condition when it’s not in use, store it in a clean space away from extreme temperatures. Above all else, ensure that it is dry, as moisture can affect the surface of silver. Keep each item separate to avoid any damage, and they should be ready to use whenever you need them next.

When should I take my jewellery off?

When you’ve got a favourite piece of jewellery, you probably feel like you never want to take it off! However, there are times when it is advisable to remove your jewellery to keep it in the best possible condition and avoid any damage. If you take your jewellery off during these activities, you give it the best possible chance of sparkling for years to come.

Swimming

The chlorine in the water of most swimming pools can pit the metal of your jewellery and may cause prongs to weaken over time. Take your jewellery off before swimming and don’t put it back on until you have showered and washed the chemicals from your skin.

Cleaning

Cleaning products such as bleach can affect jewellery in a similar manner to chlorine. They can alter the colour of precious stones and metals, as well as damaging the mountings. It is advisable to remove all jewellery before cleaning, but if you want to keep your wedding or engagement ring on at all times, at least make sure you are wearing sturdy protective gloves.

Exercising

Although there aren’t any potentially damaging chemicals involved in exercise, jewellers will still recommend that you remove your jewellery during any particularly vigorous or high energy pursuits, to prevent scratching, catching, and other possible flaw creating mishaps.

Spraying perfume

Perfume, and other beauty products such as hairspray, can have a negative effect on the colour of jewellery, making it oxidise and tarnish much more quickly. If you want to spritz your favourite scent and wear your jewels, make sure you allow apply to product and allow it to dry before putting on your precious pieces.