Larion Kantor

What to do if you want your jewelry
to keep it’s beautiful looks in the long run?
Larion Kantor

What to do if you want your jewelry
to keep it’s beautiful looks in the long run?
Do you remember De Beers campaign - “A Diamond is Forever”? Jewelry can be a source of joy for many years and even become a family heirloom that’s passed to future generations if it’s taken care of well. It’s not limited to only careful handling but also correct storage and regular cleaning. 
Pieces with precious gemstones require special attention because handling details depend on both the type of the stone and it’s characteristics. 

What to do if you want your jewelry to keep it’s beautiful looks in the long run?

1. Delicate handling

It’s not recommended to wear jewelry as a second skin. It’s important to keep it in mind and take them off if there is a risk of damaging it. Here are things that are better to avoid:

  • Physical impact
Adamants are known to be the hardest material on the planet. However, not all gemstones can match it’s hardness and some may get micro-scratches on the surface. Moreover, precious metals that frame the gemstones are also prone to deformation. Gold, silver and platinum pieces may get dents and scratches in everyday wear. It’s most likely to happen to rings, that's why it’s important to take them off before manual work.

  • Direct exposure to sun
Continuous and bright sun may lead to color changes in topaz, beryl, amethyst and others.

  • Rapid temperature change
Precious gemstones may not withstand rapid change of temperature. They might crack or even burst. Treated gemstones require special attention. It’s important to know what method was used to treat the gemstone to handle it correctly. For instance, irradiated emeralds need to avoid continuous exposure to sun and temperatures to prevent discolouration.

  • Exposure to chemicals
It’s not only about household detergents that can seriously damage the jewelry. But also, contact with skincare, makeup and perfume products can result in sparkle loss, color change or blemishes. Moreover, it’s recommended to take jewelry off before swimming in chlorinated pools.

2. Correct care

Jewelry care can be divided into daily, special and professional. 

It’s enough to wipe the pieces each time after use with a soft fabric for daily care. Microfibre, flannel and chamois-leather are a good fit for that. 
Special care needs to be done once every few months and should be picked based on the type of the gemstone and it’s treatment method. 

  • Diamond, ruby, alexandrite
You can bring the gemstones’ beauty back by bathing them in warm water with soap and a few drops of ammonia( 5-10 drops per glass). Afterwards, it’s better to rinse them with clean water and wipe with a cloth.
Diamonds that were coated in CVD film are afraid of exposure to alcohol and strong chemicals. A gemstone treated with fracture fillings should never be subjected to steam and ultrasound cleaning. 
  • Pearl 
To bring the sparkle back to a pearl you should wash it in a diluted soapy solution, thoroughly rinse it with clean water and let it dry. You can clean the pearl with potato-starch to get rid of dirt. 

  • Topaz, sapphire, ruby, emerald and amethyst 
A soft brush and domestic laundry detergent solution can bring back the initial luster and beauty. It needs to be rinsed with clean water after the procedure. However, this procedure is prohibited for gemstones locked in silver jewelry because it can damage the surface of the precious metal. Also, crystals that were treated with wax or dyed with colored oils or polymers should steer clear from exposure to chemicals. 

  • Lab-grown gemstones
These crystals are more resistant to chemical agents. You can use ammonia to clean them.

3. Jewelry storage

Store jewelry separately from each other to prevent them from scratching and chipping.
Use special jewelry boxes that are lined with soft fabric inside or small pouches made of chamois-leather or velvet for storage. Place them far away from direct sunlight and heating utensils.

4. Professional care

You can check setting security and bring back the shine to your jewelry in a jewelry workshop. It’s recommended to do this procedure once a year. Jewelers can also advise you on specialised products that will work well specifically for your piece.
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