Jewelry has been a symbol of prestige and luxury throughout human history, and through time, it has been changed and adapted to people’s needs and tastes. However, fine jewelry needs the care to be radiant and shiny all the time. We must be aware that taking care of jewelry depends on the material it’s made of. Not all treatments can be applied to every piece of jewelry.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your fine jewelry in a professional way, with an emphasis on gold jewelry and diamond engagement rings.
How to Take Care of Gold Jewelry
We’re all proud of our fine jewelry, and we want to show our precious rings, necklaces, and bracelets. However, everyday wearing makes them dirty because they’re exposed to skin oils, make-up, dust, and even activities that may cause certain damage. If gold jewelry is adequately taken care of, all potential harm is limited or eliminated.
The reason why you should be cautious when cleaning gold jewelry, it’s because gold is a soft metal, and that’s why harsh chemicals cause damage to it. Since it is a soft metal, it is usually alloyed/mixed with other more robust materials, such as zinc, silver, copper, rhodium, nickel, or palladium. Even though you may want to have pure, 24-karat gold jewelry, experts suggest that it’s better to have 10-, 14-, or 18- karat gold jewelry. This is because taking care of pure gold jewelry is quite demanding since gold is a sensitive metal, and it can be prone to bending and damage.
There are several varieties of gold, with yellow, white, and rose gold jewelry all being popular. The type also affects how the jewelry is taken care of. Yellow gold is a traditional type of gold and isn’t too demanding in its treatment and care. White gold is more durable and more resistant than yellow gold. Rose gold has that color thanks to copper, and it’s the most durable of these three types. However, the value and price of gold jewelry depend on the mixture of gold and the above-mentioned elements.
Cleaning Tips for Gold Jewelry
As mentioned above, one should be careful when cleaning gold jewelry. Daily wearings of gold jewelry make it even easier to get dirty. The accumulated patina on your fine jewelry is full of bacteria and that is harmful to your health. Even though every household has many cleaning products, most of them are not suitable for treating gold. When cleaning your precious gold jewelry, vinegar, soda, ammonia, or any other harsh chemical products must be strictly avoided.
Experts say that the safest way to treat your gold is to soak it in a mixture of 10-parts warm water and 2-parts detergent-free soap for three hours. Instead of soap, you can buy cleaning products that are only for treating gold jewelry. After soaking, you can use a soft brush (used only for cleaning jewelry) to brush away the dirt. Then rinse the piece thoroughly in warm water and then dry it with a soft cloth (flannel or similar soft material). One shouldn’t use paper when polishing gold jewelry because it can scratch. However, experts say that one should be cautious with cleaning gold jewelry at home because overcleaning can also cause damage to the jewelry. Home cleaning should be done once a month at least.
Your gold can also be cleaned at the jewelry store once or twice a year. Every jeweler has an ultrasonic cleaning device that cleanses the filth out of jewelry with the help of bubbles that are produced by high-frequency sounds and a cleansing liquid for jewelry. A jeweler will do this professionally, bringing back the shine to gold jewelry.
In addition, what also affects the look of jewelry is how it’s stored. This shouldn’t be neglected. After cleaning jewelry, every piece in possession should be stored separately, wrapped in a soft cloth, and placed in its box or a jewelry box. One should make sure that all jewelry pieces can’t be entangled because that can also cause damage. Also, when doing sports, showering, bathing, cleaning, or any other intensive activity, it is advised that fine jewelry should be put away—in this way many possible damages are avoided.
Taking Care of Engagement Diamond Rings
It’s said that diamonds are a woman’s best friend because they highlight her beauty, and when a woman gets her sparkly engagement rings, it’s expected that she brags with them. Whether it’s a 2 carat cushion cut diamond, 1.5 carat oval diamond ring, oval diamond ring, pear shaped ring, 3 carat pear, or elongated cushion cut diamond engagement ring, you should take care of them properly.
A diamond’s value is also measured in carats, but differently than it’s done with gold. The price is estimated based on the diamond’s weight and price per carat. Even though it can be oval or pear-shaped, it’s treated as an investment, and taking care of it is highly important. No matter if it’s a 1.5, 2, or 3-carat elongated cushion cut engagement diamond ring, its cleaning should be done once a month at home and once or twice a year by a jeweler.
Cleaning Tips for Diamond Rings
Diamonds are of a more solid structure than gold and can be treated with more chemicals. However, what type of soap can be used depends on whether there are other types of stones in your fine jewelry. So, when purchasing a diamond ring, whether it’s an oval diamond ring or pear-shaped ring, you should ask advice from a jeweler about what’s the best way to clean it at home. The soaking in warm water lasts 10 minutes and shouldn’t be prolonged even though diamonds are more rigid than gold. After soaking, a soft brush will clean the dirt, and then the ring should be dried with a soft flannel cloth. You can use specialized cleaning products for treating diamonds. This way, it eliminates possible damages and scratches that may occur when cleaning.
Some say that window cleaning products may be used when cleaning diamonds but first read the ingredients. One important notice when cleaning diamonds at home is first to check if stones are loose in their settings. If they are loose, you should not treat them at home but take them to a professional to fasten the stones and then continue cleaning. Home cleaning should be done once a month.
As well as other fine jewelry, diamond engagement rings should be treated professionally once or twice a year. They’re also treated with a specific ultrasonic cleaning device that gently removes the dirt. Also, you should be careful with storing diamond rings, and it’s done carefully because improper storage can cause stones to loosen or fall out.
Fine jewelry is a precious possession and, at some point, even an investment. Taking care of it is vital because it prolongs its radiance. Special care is essential if a person wants their jewelry to look fantastic and new. However, one shouldn’t overdo cleaning at home and, when needed, should bring fine jewelry in for a professional cleaning.