How to look after your Jewellery for years to come.
One question I am asked when brides purchase jewellery is ‘how do I look after my jewellery?’
1. Storing it
When you purchase your jewellery, you will receive it in a box, so always keep it in there until you want to use it. I pop in a little ‘anti-tarnish’ strip with all my jewellery and this will help to keep your accessories clean and safe for when you’re ready to wear it. Some jewellery is better stored flat to keep its shape.
2. Keeping your jewellery safe and clean
All jewellery can tarnish with time. To prevent this there are a few things you can do. Firstly, as above, store it correctly. Try and keep precious jewellery separate, out of direct sunlight and away from dramatic temperature changes.
3. Cleaning your jewellery
Different jewellery will need to be cleaned in different ways, so be aware of the types of metal, stones and materials you have. All jewellery should be cleaned after use to remove chemicals that we all use. These include perfume, hairspray, moisturiser and makeup. Also, it’s important to remove jewellery before showering or swimming. Freshwater pearls are an organic material so they really don’t like chemicals. Use a soft damp cloth to gently wipe your pearls to remove any dirt. Gold and silver jewellery is best wiped with a soft clean cloth.
If your jewellery is particularly dirty, then you can use mild soapy water, with a soft, clean toothbrush. But please make sure you dry thoroughly before storing. If you feel your jewellery has started to lose its shine, you can use a jewellers cloth to gently polish, but don’t over use them.
4. Enjoy it!
This is just a guide to help you look after your jewellery, but the most important thing is to enjoy it!
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“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” -L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gable