Jewelry Maintenance Basics

The Vow Team

Mar 16, 2022

Maintaining jewelry at home is not as difficult as possible.

No matter how often you wear your jewelry, or how carefully you handle it, over time it will need a little bit of maintenance to keep it looking its best. Jewels can become dulled by the natural oils in your skin, cosmetics, and even the air itself. And of course, every piece is susceptible to nicks and scratches from day-to-day wear.

The best way to keep your jewelry shining is to give it a good cleaning on a regular basis. You don't need any special jewelry cleaners - a simple solution of mild dish soap and warm water will do the trick. Just make sure you rinse well and dry thoroughly afterwards.

For tougher jobs, you can use soft toothbrush to scrub around the setting and under any stones. Just be careful not to scrub too hard, or you could damage the finish on your jewelry. If you're not sure how to clean a particular piece, it's always best to take it to a professional.

If your jewelry is showing tarnish or discoloration , you can try polishing it with a soft, lint-free cloth. If that doesn't do the trick, you can purchase a commercial jewelry cleaner or polish from your local jeweler or craft store. Gently rub the jewelry in small circles until you see the desired results.

Once you've cleaned and polished your jewelry, be sure to store it properly to keep it looking its best. Store each piece individually in a soft cloth pouch or lined box. If you're going to be storing your jewelry for an extended period of time, you might want to consider using anti-tarnish strips or bags.

Don't forget to take extra care of any pieces with special finishes, like plated gold or silver. These finishes can wear away over time, so it's best to avoid exposing them to water or chemicals whenever possible. When you're not wearing your jewelry, store it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight to help preserve its finish.

If these regular cleanings aren't restoring your jewelry, you should also take your jewelry to a professional jeweler for a check-up every now and then. They can inspect it for loose stones or other damage, and give it a thorough cleaning and polishing. This is especially important for pieces with intricate designs, like filigree, which can trap dirt and grime over time.

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By following these simple tips, you can keep your jewelry looking its best for years to come.