Spring Cleaning - How to clean and take care of your Jewelry

Spring Cleaning - How to clean and take care of your Jewelry

Jewelry holds a special place in our hearts, often representing cherished memories and milestones. However, even the highest-quality pieces of jewelry require adequate care to maintain their beauty. In this guide, we'll share some advice to help you keep your favorite pieces looking as radiant as on day one.

How do I properly store my jewelry?

To preserve the brilliance of your jewelry, it is crucial to store it thoughfully.
Follow these guidelines:

  • Choose a cool, dry location: Exposure to moisture or excessive heat can lead to premature wear and tarnishing. Select a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. While some materials like gold are more forgiving, many gemstones in particular profit greatly from appropriate storage.
  • Seperate and protect: Store each piece separately to prevent scratches and keep necklaces and bracelets from tangling. Utilize individual boxes or soft pouches to shield them from potential demage. When storing necklaces and bracelets, make sure to close them to keep everything well organized.

How do I clean my jewelry?

Regular cleaning does not only maintain the beauty of your jewelry but also ensures its longevity. Here's how to keep your jewelry looking its best!

  • Professional cleaning: Ideally, have your jewelry professionally cleaned once a year. We offer this service for all of our jewelry free of charge. It includes cleaning, polishing and a thorough examination to ensure your pieces are in perfect condition.
  • At-Home polishing: For little touch-ops between professonal cleanings, you can use warm water, mild soap, and a microfiber cloth or a (very) soft toothbrush. Gently clean the jewelry, rinse it with clear water and pat dry with a soft cloth.
  • Exercise caution with ultrasonic cleaners: While ultrasonic cleaners can be effective, they should be used with care. Improper use may cause stones to loosen or lead to scratches. 
    Never use them on pieces with pearls, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Those gems are extremely delicate and should always be cleaned by professionals.

Can I use Perfume, Sunscreen or Body Lotion while wearing jewelry?

While it's perfectly fine to wear jewelry with these products, it's best to remember the following:

  • Remove before application: To avoid residue buildup and potential chemical reactions, remove your jewelry before applying perfumes, lotions, sunscreen or other cosmetics.
    This simple step can help preserve the integrity of your pieces.

When and how to remove jewelry?

Rings with Gemstones in particular require a bit of extra care. Follow these guidelines to keep them in perfect condition.

  • When swimming or showering: This can be dangerous for multiple reasons. Not only does showering mean using soaps and scrubs that might cause damage, but chlorine in pools could do harm as well.
    Additionally you also run the risk of loosing things, if they fall off.
  • Cleaning: Most cleaning supplies contain chemicals that yo u don't want your jewelry to come in contact with. Not only that, but a day full of cleaning might put a lot of strain on your jewelry
  • While working out: Especially when exercising at the gym or partake in any other hands-on type of sport, like tennis, volleyball, etc., you might bang your jewelry and alter its shape or even break it.
  • Be mindful of direct sunlight: While your sapphire earrings might perfectly match your bikini, it's best not to bring them to the beach with you.
    Gems like rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls can be sensitive to prolonged sun exposure. Avoid wearing jewelry with these precious stones when you'll be in environments with intense sunlight.
  • When in doubt, take it off: If you're uncertain about an activity or situation that might put your jewelry at a risk, it's always better to err on the side of caution and remove it temporarily.

With the right care, your jewelry can continue to shine brilliantly for years to come. By following these simple yet crucial tips, you can enjoy your favorite pieces in their full splendor, and even pass them down as heirlooms.
Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving the beauty of your precious jewelry.