Updated: Oct 12
Have you ever wondered why people go the extra mile when it comes to caring for their jewelry, especially gold? After all, gold is known for its durability, right? Well, the truth is, jewelry maintenance is about much more than just preventing tarnish. With a little tender loving care, you can shield your precious pieces from tarnish, minimize those frustrating scratches, keep allergic reactions at bay, retain your gold's value, and ensure that it shines for generations.
Over time, jewelry collects a layer of dirt, oils, and debris that dims its sparkle. Regular maintenance is the secret to keeping your jewelry pieces looking flawless and ready to flaunt. It's particularly vital if you have sensitive skin, as well-kept jewelry is less likely to trigger any skin irritations.
But how do you go about properly taking care of your jewelry?
For Silver: Regular polishing is a must, especially for everyday wear. You can use silver polish cloths or silver dip cleaners. Don't forget to rhodium plate silver and white gold every 6 months to a year to maintain their exceptional shine. Silver can handle some exposure to water, but steer clear of chlorinated pools, hot tubs, and extremely dirty environments.
For Gold: Routine cleaning and polishing are essential. You can use polishing cloths, gold dip cleaners or ultrasonic cleaners if you're fancy. Over time, gold may wear down, so don't forget to give your rings, tabs, and necklace links some periodic attention to prevent potential cracks and breakage. Gold can tolerate water exposure, but avoid chlorinated pools, hot tubs, sunscreen, heavily soiled environments, and extreme heat.
For Gemstones: If your jewelry features precious gemstones, make sure to have the claws or settings checked at least once a year to ensure your gems stay securely in place.
Speaking of gemstones, while most, like sapphires and diamonds, are quite resilient, some may require replacement or professional care over time. Keep an eye on these:
Emeralds: Softer than diamonds, emeralds can erode over time, especially with extensive wear.
Opals: Sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, opals may require occasional oil treatment. Let them dry out and crack, and you may need to replace them.
Pearls: Organic gems can deteriorate if not worn or stored properly. Avoid hanging them, lay them flat, and keep them in a soft box when not in use.
Tanzanite: A relatively soft stone, tanzanite can scratch or chip more easily.
Have questions about your jewelry or need assistance with repairs? Don't hesitate to reach out to us online, through our social channels, or stop by our store. We're here to help you keep your precious pieces at their best!