How to Care for Your Jewelry
If you don’t properly care for your jewelry, in time they can lose their shine and brilliance. They can appear scratched, appear dull or just not have that magical “spark” it once had. Conversely, if you take just a little bit of time to care for your jewelry, it can maintain its sparkle for decades to come. Here’s how to care for your jewelry.
Caring for Diamonds
There are a couple different ways you can care for your diamonds.
The most professional way to do is with a 50% ammonia and 50% water solution. Just head down to your local department store to find ammonia. Mix the two together and place your diamond in the solution. Leave it there for half an hour, then dry it off with a polishing cloth.
You can also just drop your diamond in pure regular vodka. This method is easier and surprisingly works almost as well.
Either of these methods will help bring your diamond’s natural shine back, even years later. Make sure to take your diamond back to your jeweler if your diamond seems to wiggle even a little bit in your ring. If your setting is loose, you need to get that checked right away.
Caring for Gold and Silver
It’s surprisingly easy to give gold or silver its natural shine back. Start by purchasing a professional grade polishing cloth. They’re available for a few dollars on Amazon or eBay. Avoid cleaning your jewelry with tissue paper or towels, as their coarseness can cause minute scratches on your jewelry.
Purchase some rubbing alcohol. Read the ingredients carefully and make sure there is no bleach in the rubbing alcohol. Bleach will completely destroy gold or silver.
Take your rubbing alcohol and apply a small amount to your polishing cloth. Then wipe down your silver and gold jewelry. It’ll quickly regain its natural shine.
Once you’re done rubbing, rinse it off in room temperature water. The water should be just slightly warm. Avoid hot water at all costs, as heat can damage metals. Sterling silver is especially susceptible to heat.
Take Your Jewelry Off Before Bathing
Before you step into the bath or the shower, make it a point to remove all the jewelry you have on you, even your wedding ring. There are a couple reasons for this.
First, as outlined earlier, high heat can damage metals. If you’re wearing your wedding ring while taking a hot shower, you can damage the ring’s integrity. You might not notice anything each time you shower, but a few months or years down the line the damage will be apparent.
The second reason is soap. Soap gets on metals and causes a thin, almost invisible layer of film to form. You can’t see it with the naked eye, but it’s there. As you layer more and more soap on top of the metal, it’ll quickly lose its shine.
For these two reasons, make sure you take off your jewelry every time you get in the shower.
Put On Your Makeup First
Women often don’t pay attention to which they put on first: their jewelry or their makeup. They choose one or the other based on which is closer or how much of a rush they’re in.
If you care about the longevity of your jewelry, you’ll put them on last. Chemical substances like concealers or hairspray can very easily get on jewelry. When they do, they’ll discolor the jewelry slightly. Again, it’s not something you’ll see in just one or two days. Over the course of a few months though, chemicals that obscure your jewelry can build up.
So put on your makeup first, then put on your jewelry after.
Talk to Your Jeweler
Any time you buy a new piece of jewelry, make sure you talk to your jeweler about how to keep that piece of jewelry in good condition. Different kinds of metals, different kinds of bands and different kinds of stone all have different care procedures.
If you ever notice damage to your jewelry, take it to your jeweler right away. Don’t try to clean it yourself, as you can just make it worse by rubbing it or moving things around.
Now you know how to keep most kinds of jewelry in pristine condition for decades.