Weddings and jewellery go hand in hand. You get the best of jewellery for your special day and the other festivities that are held during the lead up to the wedding. But how do you ensure they remain in top shape even after the wedding, for when you want to wear them again? Here are some care tips to ensure the longevity of those precious pieces.
Check your jewellery every six to eight months whether it needs any clean-up or polishing. Whether you wear it regularly or keep it stored, this needs to be done to ensure there is no dirt build-up.
Store each jewellery piece in a separate fabric-lined box. Use clean fabric or tissue paper to keep the jewellery, and then keep it in the box. Use small camphor balls or similar things to keep away the moisture.
A regular microfiber cloth – like the one you use for your spectacles – works well to clean and polish your jewellery. After wearing the jewellery and before you store it away, ensure you wipe it clean. Don’t use any sharp or friction-causing materials to clean. If the grime is not getting cleaned at home, consult a professional.
Far from chemicals
Do not spray your perfumes or deodorants or apply any creams over your jewellery. Ensure you wear the jewellery after you apply the cosmetic products and there is no excess of them in the places you’re wearing the jewellery.
Keep the jewellery away from direct prolonged exposure of light and heat. The two can affect the metal and the precious stones in different ways that make the jewellery look bad, or develop faults.
Jewellery care as per jewellery type
Each type of jewellery needs its own special way of caring for it. Sunil and Kiran Datwani of Gehna Jewellers dish out some advice for taking care of all the different types of metals in your jewellery wardrobe…
While diamonds are generally considered indestructible, they are susceptible to scratches and damages from everyday use. It is advisable to regularly clean your diamonds with soapy water and then wipe down with a damp cloth to dislodge any dirt or debris. Once dry, diamonds should ideally be stored in a fabric-lined case in individual compartments to avoid scratches from other pieces of jewellery.
The omnipresence of gold trinkets in our everyday looks can lead to prolonged exposure to dirt, debris and humidity. Ensure that your gold pieces are regularly rinsed with a mild soap solution. A soft toothbrush can also be used to gently scrub away any oil or dirt that’s trapped in the design before the pieces are kept to dry on a lint-free cloth.
The physical and chemical composition of silver as a metal means that it is prone to oxidisation and tarnishing upon contact with humidity and chemicals. To halt the process of corrosion, treat your silver pieces to a gentle scrub with toothpaste before wiping it away with a soft cloth.
While platinum doesn’t change colour over time, regular maintenance can keep its appearance as lustrous as the day you brought it home. If you don’t have a specialised jewellery cleaning solution at hand, opt for a gentle solution of soap and warm water, before rubbing it with a soft cloth.