Jewellery is one of our most prized possessions which are cherished for generations. According to master jeweller dust, pollution and daily wear all conspire to cloud the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of precious metals like gold, silver, etc. You should take good care to protect your jewellery and always store it in a fabric-lined jewellery box, taking care not to drop, bash or scratch the jewellery. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewellery can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.
Keep Fine Jewellery Away from Heat and Light
The durability and colour of coloured gemstones can be damaged by the heat and light of sun’s rays. Gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos fade or damage over time due to excessive usage. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light and on the other hand gems such as amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light. Gems may also get fractured due to sudden temperature changes and extreme heat. Heat removes natural moisture that is necessary for the gems to maintain their beauty and lustre.
Keep away the Jewellery from Chemicals
Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolour precious metals – gold, silver and platinum – and may harm some coloured gems. Substances like hairspray lotion, perfume or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that will permanently damage the surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous gems. Stay away from chlorine bleach, another common household solvent, as they can pit or damage gold alloys.
Store Jewellery Securely
When not wearing your jewellery, store separately in a clean and dry place, to avoid pieces rubbing together and scratching. Be careful when removing your jewellery while near a sink or tub, as it can easily slip down the drain. At least once a year, you should take your jewellery to a master jeweller to have it professionally cleaned and inspected.