Your beautiful jewellery collection is something that you treasure, add to, and most likely wear almost every day, so why would you neglect to care for it? Jewellery, unfortunately, doesn’t look after itself, and if you want to keep your collection shining, scratch-free and in perfect condition, you need to put a little work in every now and then. Whether your pieces are looking a little dull, you need a refresh, or you’ve lost an item to rust or damage, these quick tips will help you to clean and care for jewellery properly. Once you see the difference, you’ll never stop!
Sometimes, keep your collection clean is as simple as running it under the tap! Our jewellery comes into contact with a lot of different chemicals and elements, so you need to give it a good clean in order to keep it from tarnishing and just to make it a little more hygienic to wear! Wash your pieces in lukewarm water for a few seconds at a time, lightly cleaning with your hands or a soft cloth. Be sure that your dry every single part of every single piece off fully, otherwise you could risk damaging the metals. If your collection is really grubby, you could use some natural soap here.
Soft Cloth Polishing
A thorough polish with a soft microfibre or silver cloth can make a massive difference! Soft cloth polishing shines up your metal pieces and buffs away any tarnishing that might have occurred. You have to be a little elbow grease into this one, one or two wipes simply won’t do the trick. Meticulously polish your pieces once every few months for a lovely, gleaming collection that looks in tip-top condition at all times.
Silver or Brass Cleaner
If your brass or silver items are looking slightly beaten up, you might have to get more serious with the chemicals that you’re using to treat them. There is a tonne of options for brass and silver solvents that make your jewellery literally look like new again, plus it will be a one-time investment that will last you ages. The process will usually involve coating your jewellery in the solution, leaving for a few minutes and then rigorously buffing it off with a tissue or soft cloth.
Grab Your Toothbrush
If you’re dealing with some intricate designs, you might have to reach for a soft natural toothbrush to help you out! Toothbrush bristles can get into tiny nooks and crannies that cloths just can’t. This is particularly good for diamond rings that have the tiniest little gaps in them which tend to get quite dirty after a couple of years.
No matter what cleaning method you’re going for, be sure to do it carefully. Being gentle with all your tools, solvents and even just your hands, will prevent any breakages or damages. You don’t want to lose a gemstone or diamond to your cleaning process, so be sure to carve out some time to make sure that you can go slowly and delicately.
Store Your Collection Properly
A huge part of caring for your collection is just how you store it – so simple, yet so misunderstood! Make sure you keep all pieces with embellishments or complicate designs separate from each other, otherwise, you could get some nasty scratches. Invest in a jewellery stand or box, it’s going to make your life so much easier and your pieces will be easier to find when you’re in a hurry.
By following these easy tips and tricks, your collection will be shining just like new in no time. If any of your pieces are looking beyond repair, consult a professional or shop for jewellery on sale for a replacement that you can make last longer with your new caring system!