Your most valuable jewelry are probably your most delicate pieces. Over the years, we’ve learned a few key tips on storing, handling, and cleaning fine jewelry.
At home, store jewelry in dry, acid-free environment, preferably separating pieces from one another. Jewelry boxes are a great way to store your jewelry. Listed below are other alternatives.
- Soft muslin & plastic bag - separately pouch valuable pieces in soft muslin cloth and place it into a plastic bag.
- Jewelry Bags- this is a stylish and efficient way to hold your jewelry when you travel.
- Hanging bag with clear pockets - a hanging jewelry holder with clear pockets will show all the jewelry pieces. It’s a great way to see your jewelry and match with outfits in your closet.
Pearls are extremely fragile- be careful that they do not come into contact with abrasive surfaces. It is a good idea to restring pearls (ask for professional help) every few years as strings do wear out over the years.
Beware of perfume - avoid contact between perfume and your valuable pieces of jewelry.
Wipe pearls with soft damp cloth after wearing; this removes acid and perspiration from your skin. Doing so will help preserve the luster of the pearls.
Sterling silver may be cleaned with a soft silver polish cloth. These cloth usually have two parts, a polishing cloth and a buffing cloth. Rub jewelry with polishing cloth. The dirt and tarnish will disappear. Buff with the other cloth.
Most transparent stones, such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires (with the exception of emeralds), can be washed. You can use a mild detergent to wash these with warm water.
Do not use soap and water on jade, coral, amber, kunzite, lapis, lazuli, opal, pearls, and turquoise. Consult a jeweler if you have any questions about your jewelry. In general, stay away from using cleaning products with ammonia or alcohol. Try not to soak jewelry in water or to wash it in your sink.