Were you one of the lucky ones that received the gift of jewelry for Christmas? Are you anticipating adding to your jewelry collection with Valentine’s Day around the corner? If you’re just starting to build a jewelry collection or you’re fortunate enough to have been adding to your collection for years, proper care and maintenance of your fine jewelry will extend its life for years to come. Follow these tips recommended by top jewelers for the care of your fine pieces. Storage. Invest in a quality jewelry box or jewelry drawer insert with cloth or felt liners to safely store your earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and watches. Special care should be given to laying out the pieces so the chains are flat and not tangled. Each piece should be stored in its own container to avoid scratches. Never hang necklaces or bracelets as this can cause the chains to stretch and weaken. Cleaning.
The natural oils on our skin as well as lotions and soaps are enemies of fine jewelry. At least monthly, gently rinse jewelry with mild, soapy water and use a gentle brush around prongs and settings. For more delicate pieces, bring them to a jeweler at least once a year for a thorough cleaning and inspection of mountings and settings. The buildup of dirt, debris and oils can weaken settings with the risk of loosening stones. Wearing. If your collection includes stunning crystal jewelry, you’ll revel in the sparkle and glow as the light brings out the unique beauty in these pieces. Crystal jewelry, especially bracelets, watches and necklaces should be worn without other pieces touching them (or stealing the show). While crystal is one of nature’s hardest elements, care should be given not to scratch or mar its surface. As with all jewelry, less is often more. Show case one or two pieces at a time and you’ll sparkle throughout the day and evening. Following these tips will allow you to preserve and enjoy your jewelry collection for years to come. Enjoy!