How To Care For Your Antique Jewellery- Basic Jewellery Care
All antique jewellery needs to be looked after carefully and certain pieces need selective care but in the norm you should be following these basics so that your precious pieces last for generations to come.
Sunlight- This can damage or fade certain stones so it is wise to store any jewellery that is not being worn away, either in a jewellery box or a dark pouch. Over time pearls may bleach and begin to peel if they are exposed to too much sun and if there is a sudden change in temperature then the natural moisture in a pearl could possibly dry out causing cracks. Opals are the opposite and can darken with too much exposure to the sun rays.
Chemicals- Exposure to common everyday chemicals can permanently damage the surface of a precious stone. We can be damaging our treasured stones with substances that we use daily like hairspray, perfumes and lotions. It is always advisable to put your jewellery on after using any of these and remove them prior to swimming or using any household cleaning products.
Cleaning Methods- The easiest way to clean your jewellery is to wash it in warm water mixed with a mild soap and then scrub it gently with a soft brush. Ensure that it is rinsed thoroughly afterwards to remove any soap residue and then dried fully on a soft towel but remembering not to catch any claws. Alternatively you may want to take it to a jewellers annually to get it cleaned by a professional and see your gems sparkling once more. Many jewellers offer this service and a good place to start is by asking friends or relatives for their recommendations.