Happy New Year! It's the time of year for resolutions and goal setting. We're all totally going to go to the gym more, and take walks outside, and cut sodas out of our diet... for a few weeks. Good jewelry habits are easy to adopt so you can use them all year long! Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your jewelry beautiful and happy.
It's not just you. Diamonds naturally attract oil and grease, so a couple times a year, it's a good idea to get your jewelry cleaned at your local jewelry store. However, for those of you who are on the go constantly and don't have time to stop in the jewelry store for a cleaning every few months, there a few things you can do to keep your jewelry clean and sparkly.
You can buy "jewelry cleaners" from retail stores that allow your jewelry to soak in a safe solution. Some will even vibrate to shake out any dirt and oils. These work okay, but will never be a good as a jewelry store cleaning. You may not want to invest in something like this, not to worry, there is still something you can do.
Take an old soft toothbrush and scrub your piece with warm soapy water. Windex is okay to use too on most jewelry. All diamonds and metal will be just fine in Windex, but check with your jeweler before you put any gemstones in it. Most will be just fine, but we don't want any tears. A soft toothbrush and warm soapy water is your best bet for safety of your jewelry. Make sure you plug your sink!
We want you to love your jewelry but there's no need to wear it 24/7. Give your jewelry a break at night. This will help keep it cleaner longer too. When you take off your jewelry, make sure you keep it in a safe place and always put it in the same place so you don't loose it. There's also no need to wear your jewelry while your at the gym or exercising. Remember how sweaty and gross you feel after working out? Yeah, your jewelry remembers too. Lifting weights is also a bad idea while wearing your rings. While you're gripping those weights, your ring can become misshapen and diamonds could pop out of their settings. Play safe, leave the jewelry at home.
Always dealing with your chains getting tangled and knotted? It's a common problem, especially for thin chains. Here's a tip; next time you take off your necklace, make sure you fasten it back together. This will reduce the number of knots you get in your chain.
I'll also let you in on a jewelers secret. Store your necklace is a little ziplock bag with the fastened clasp hanging out. This will reduce your risk of tangles in your chains almost entirely!
If the plastic bag idea doesn't thrill you, you can always hang your necklaces on hooks and keep them seperated. Keeping them apart from other chains will definitely help your tangle problem.
Most of you have noticed that over time sterling silver will tarnish if it's not worn too often. You can remove the tarnishing with a polishing cloth. Ask your jeweler for a sunshine cloth. Sometimes when left for a long time, your silver jewelry can actually tarnish your gold jewelry as well. It's a very slow process, so you won't see this issue often.
This is probably the most common with inherited jewelry that has been sitting in a box forever. To avoid this problem, keep your sterling silver jewelry separate from your gold jewelry. Keep 'em separated, and you'll slow the tarnishing process on your gold.
Written by Claire Avery