If you have fine or expensive jewellery pieces, of course you want them to last and to stay in good repair for as long as possible. While the metals and gemstones used to make finer pieces of jewellery are more durable than those used for costume jewellery, how you handle those pieces will also affect their overall condition. Note a few tips for avoiding doing damage to your jewellery pieces so you handle them properly and keep them in good repair for as long as possible.
Avoid poor quality cleaning products
As with anything else you clean at home, the cleaning products you use for fine jewellery pieces will affect their finish and surface. Products not meant for jewellery, such as toothpaste or baking soda, can scratch metals and gemstones and leave a crusty residue that can make the piece look dull. Caustic products with any type of acid may remove stains or discoloration, but they may also etch some metals and certain softer stones. If you do clean your jewellery yourself, use only products meant for that type of metal and stone, and also use brushes and other tools also meant specifically for fine jewellery so you avoid damaging the piece.
Don't use improper storage
Allowing necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other pieces to get tangled can actually damage those pieces. Trying to untangle jewellery pieces can tug and pull at chains or scratch softer stones and metals.
Invest in some good jewellery storage pieces; close the clasps on necklaces and bracelets and hang them from hooks or a jewellery tree, and use a ring sorter to keep rings separated and organized. For fine watches, don't set them down on their side, as this can cause small springs and parts to start to slide out of place, and it could also risk scratching the face. Set the watch down with its face upward, and keep it away from other jewellery pieces.
Avoid wearing the pieces everywhere
Wearing your finer jewellery in the shower or when working out can cause more damage than you may realize; shampoo, soap, conditioner, and other such products can get behind and inside of stone mountings and form a crust that causes damage. Shower brushes can also scratch soft stones and metal. Chlorine from pools, chemicals and sediment in shower water, and your own sweat can also cause eventual damage to these pieces. To keep your jewellery in its best condition, remove these pieces before showering or heading to the gym or pool, and only wear those pieces when they'll be safe and protected from this potential damage.
For more information and help with keeping your jewellery looking nice, contact a professional jewellery repair company in your area.