The monsoon season is in full swing! The entire country is filled with the hymn of rains and simple pleasures like chai-pakodas, romantic walks under an umbrella, and revelling in the fresh-hued, bright green scenery. On the downside, the weather conditions also call for extra care. While you follow a skin and hair care routine that helps combat the humidity and opt for clothes that are monsoon-friendly, is there something that you are missing out on?
It’s easy to miss that our everyday jewellery also needs to get rain-ready in order to survive the season without compromising on its shine or longevity. Naushaba Ara, a designer from Candere by Kalyan Jewellers, shares expert inputs on how you can care for your precious jewellery and make the most of the season:
Love your chand jhumkaas and chokers, but are troubled by your silver jewellery losing its shine and turning black? The metal is highly susceptible to oxidization and tarnishing, which requires extra maintenance especially during the rains. “You can either use toothpaste or soft cotton cloth to clean it, and avoid contact with water. You may also opt for a ‘silver dip’ to restore its shine and give it a new look,” opines Ara.
If you are not a fan of things that need a lot of care, naturally you have a liking towards gold and platinum. However, with the moisture in the air, your jewellery is likely to attract more dirt and damage. To safeguard these metals, Ara advises, “Thoroughly clean your jewels with warm soapy water to keep their lustre safe.”
Least prone to damage, diamond too tends to lose its lustre with such rigorous climatic conditions. Ara tells, “To remove dirt and ensure that the shine does not get ruined, you should clean diamond either with soapy water or with a soft damped cloth.”
Gemstones are the most delicate pieces of jewellery in the lot and ask for a lot of care and pampering during monsoons. “For instance, coming in direct contact with perfumes and sprays, especially in the monsoon season, may result in irreparable damage. Moreover, this jewellery may develop scratches and nicks from the slightest of friction,” Ara explains.
Avoid wearing gems like pearls, sapphire, ruby and amber when you are heading out. Instead, carry it in your bag and put it on once you reach your destination. “Go for a box with separate compartments to ensure that your jewellery does not get broken or scratched because of any kind of friction,” Ara adds.
Clean your jewellery on a regular basis and store them well to avoid any damage and retain its shine.