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How to Care for Fine Jewelry: A Guide for First-Time Owners

October 14, 2022

How to Care for Fine Jewelry: A Guide for First-Time Owners

Keeping your fine jewelry in pristine condition is not as straightforward as it may seem. While each piece of jewelry has its own set of care recommendations, there are also some general best practices to follow to keep them looking their best for as long as possible.

Fine jewelry is a very personal item – something that you will most likely keep for the rest of your life. Therefore, it’s essential to know how to care for them so that it lasts for decades or even generations.

If you’re new to owning fine jewelry or seeking to invest in bespoke diamond jewelry in Singapore, read on for suggestions on caring for them so that they last for years.

1. Know the basic care instructions for your fine jewelry

Every piece of fine jewelry has its own unique care instructions. They can typically be found on the interior of the jewelry box or on a card inside the jewelry pouch. If your jewelry piece doesn’t come with maintenance guidelines, or if you’re unsure about the best way to care for your fine jewelry, consult with your jeweler for advice. 

Each type of metal reacts differently to different cleaning solutions, so knowing how to clean your fine jewelry is essential. For example, silver must be cleaned with an ammonia-free silver cleaning solution. Using a non-recommended cleaner may tarnish it forever. Moreover, certain gemstones, such as pearls, diamonds, and turquoise, are chemically sensitive. Always read the care directions on your fine jewelry to determine which cleaning solutions are appropriate for your specific piece.

2. Store your fine jewelry in a soft pouch or cloth bag

When you’re not wearing your fine jewelry, you should store it in a soft pouch or cloth bag. Fabric bags are ideal for storing jewelry because they allow air to circulate around them. This helps prevent tarnishing caused by excess moisture and builds up of dirt and dust.

Alternatively, you can store your delicate pieces in a fabric-lined jewelry box to protect their surface from scratches. When not in use, keep them in a safe place to keep them out of the reach of children and pets. Avoid placing your jewelry in an exposed location, such as a windowsill, where it may be subjected to direct sunlight or harsh weather conditions.

Store your fine jewelry in a soft pouch or cloth bag

3. Clearing away build-up and grime with a soft brush

Brush your fine jewelry regularly with a soft toothbrush to remove any accumulated build-up or grime. Alternatively, you can remove small amounts of dirt and debris using a soft cloth. 

Be sure to avoid using a brush with metal bristles, as these can cause damage to your pieces. Similarly, avoid abrasive cleaners and ultra-sonic cleaning solutions, as these can damage delicate settings and stones. This is because the vibration from ultra-sonic cleaners may move and loosen stones from the setting.

Instead, gently brush the front and back of your jewelry pieces as well as any intricate details or gemstones. If your piece has plenty of small crevices, it’s advised to clean it more frequently, perhaps once a week. A cleaning solution can also be used but make sure it’s non-abrasive. For thorough cleaning, you can use warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft toothbrush.

4. Avoid exposing your jewelry to chemicals

Certain chemicals, such as chlorine, can cause damage to your fine jewelry if they come into contact with it. If you’re at a swimming pool or other location with chlorine in the water, be sure to avoid exposing your pieces to the chemicals.

Additionally, be sure to store your jewelry away when cleaning your home to prevent any accidental contact. Some common household items, such as bleach and turmeric, can cause irreparable damage to your favourite pieces if they come into contact with them.

Similarly, keep your pieces away from any strong chemicals when doing your skincare routine, as some moisturisers and serums may stain them. You can prevent this from happening by keeping your jewelry in a designated location, such as a box or a jewelry case, when not in use. With that said, because your jewelry is comprised of solid gold, it can still be used in the shower or for regular hand washing. Just be sure to dry your jewelry each time, especially if it has a stone, such as a gemstone, as water can cause it to tarnish.

If your fine jewelry comes into contact with chemicals, thoroughly rinse it off as soon as possible. You can also use a soft cloth to gently wipe off any residue. Furthermore, extra precautions must be taken to avoid catching your jewelry on anything that could scratch or shatter it, such as doorknobs.

4.	Avoid exposing your jewelry to chemicals

Caring for Fine Jewelry: It’s as Simple as It Can Be

Jewelry is the perfect timeless gift that can be cherished for a lifetime, and it’s essential to know how to care for them so that they last for many years to come.

Choosing the right type of jewelry cleaner is essential for keeping your favourite pieces in top condition and shining like new. Avoid harsh cleaners that can stain or discolour your jewelry and cleaners that are not specifically made for your type of jewelry. 

When storing your jewelry, keep them away from extreme temperatures and humidity levels, as well as harsh chemicals, hairspray, and other corrosive substances that may tarnish them. Lastly, avoid wearing your pieces in areas where they may get scratched or damaged. By following these tips, you can be sure that you’re prolonging the life of your jewelry.

LeCaine Gems is a premier jewelry retailer that takes pride in providing comprehensive first-class service while adhering to the industry’s highest standards. We offer a wide selection of jewelry pieces, from exquisite moissanite engagement rings to classic 1 carat diamond rings in Singapore.

In addition to a curated selection of jewelry, we also offer a variety of services to help make your next purchase an enjoyable experience, including custom designs and a secure online checkout process. From our attentive staff to the quality of our pieces, we are dedicated to exceeding your expectations. Contact us or send us a WhatsApp message at +65 8020 0353 to start discussing the jewelry of your dreams.

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