Jewellery has been in existence for around 100,000 years. It has been used as personal adornment with varying degree of elegance and rarity depending on the social stature of a person. Pieces of jewellery are made from different materials such as precious stones, precious metals, shells and beads. The material used determines the value of the jewellery. The more precious the stone or metal is, the more expensive it becomes. The value becomes even more costly when artistic design comes into play. The artistry of jewellery determines how it will be accepted by you.
The monetary value of a jewellery makes it a must that due care be given to it. However, this is not the only reason for giving full attention to the maintenance of any jewellery. Some people may even take care of those made from cheap materials more than those made from precious metals or stones. Sentimental value may be as important a factor as that of monetary value in taking care of jewellery. Nonetheless, whatever the kind of jewellery you have, it is necessary to maintain it as if they are brand new.
Here are a few ways to help you care for them;
Use jewellery with proper care- Although most of the precious metals are hard and strong enough to withstand normal day to day use and torture, it is still best to always make sure that they are not extendedly exposed to harsh conditions or not exposed at all. When pieces of jewellery consist of a precious stone or pearl, they will require a higher degree of care since they are more sensitive to higher temperature or extreme humidity.
Clean jewellery regularly- When pieces of jewellery are always exposed to the elements such as heat, dust and oil, there is a tendency for them to become dull in color or discolouration on your gold may occur. To avoid this, it is proper to make an effort in cleaning them. In all honesty the best way for you to keep your jewellery looking and feeling sharpe is to have it professionally cleaned every 6 months. As a service to all my clients I offer them a free 6 monthly check up and clean of their jewellery whether it be an engagement ring, wedding band, pendant, earring or any other type of jewellery. It is important to do this regularly as an excess dirt, grim and other nasties can and will eventually harm or damage your jewellery. I have included a short video for you on how to clean your jewellery at home. Please take note of the instructions in the video.
Proper storage- If your pieces of jewellery are not in use, they should be stored properly to avoid any damage and to lessen accumulation of dirt and other elements. It is best to store each item separately and wrapped in soft cloth or foam. This way, scratching and rubbing on each other can be avoided. Cleaning the items prior to storage will also ensure that even with prolonged storage, discolouration or anything adverse will be lessened. The positioning of the items in storage should also be considered especially if there are protruding ends or precious stones to lessen the chances of breakage or damage.