How To Keep My Fine Jewelry Clean
You’ve bought a beautiful piece of Ecksand jewellery which is going to last you a lifetime… But what’s next? Understanding "How to keep my fine jewelry clean" can make a big difference in the maintenance of it's continued beauty and sparkle.
Ecksand Jewelry is beautifully handcrafted. However, along with most objects, air pollution, sweat, perfume, dust and many other elements can dull jewelry as time passes. Yet, if you follow our helpful tips you will be able to keep your jewelry as bright and beautiful as the day you bought it.
Here are the Do's and Don'ts for keeping your jewelry clean:
DO remove jewelry before bathing
Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Body Soap can cause a film to form, making your jewel appear dull and dingy. Keeping to this small task will allow your jewelry to appear fresh and bright
DON'T clean damaged jewelry
Never clean any jewelry which is already damaged, cracked or broken. Unless you are a professional jeweller the additional handling is likely to worsen the problem. Set the wounded jewelry aside for repair as soon as possible.
DO be careful with sun exposure
The sun's heat can affect your jewelries durability and colour. Over time, and in excess, the sun can fade or damage some gemstones and jewelry pieces. The most susceptible gems are amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials will also bleach under extreme exposure to light. This does not mean that you can't wear your jewelry outside in the sunshine! Just try to make sure you store your jewelry in a dark, cool, dry place, safely away from sunlight.
DON'T let your jewelry come into contact with chemicals
Everyday chemicals can discolour and damage your precious metals and can also harm some of your gems. Fine jewelry should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool or before you start your household cleaning. Some everyday substances to watch out for are hairspray, lotion, perfume or other cosmetic products. All these items can contain chemicals which will permanently damage the surface of your gems and other delicate items (such as pearls and ivory).
How to care for: Gold and Platinum
Gold and Platinum Jewelry can be cleaned with warm water. Soak your jewellery for 3-5 minutes in mild dish soap (no detergents) and rub gently with a soft lint-free cloth. Be sure to rinse your jewelry in a glass of water to remove cleaning solutions, since you risk losing an entire piece of jewelry - if you rinse directly into your sink! Pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Be sure to dry your jewelry completely before wearing again.
How to care for: Diamonds
Diamond engagement and wedding rings are worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to this fact your diamond jewelry needs some occasional cleaning and care. Diamonds are one of the hardest materials found in nature, but they still can get chipped or cracked if they make contact with a hard object. So be sure to handle your diamond jewelry carefully when in the process of cleaning.
Although your diamond is brilliant… it can still get smudged and dusty. Everyday soaps, cosmetics and even our natural skin oils can put a slight film on your diamond. A clean diamond will have a fiery brilliance and it takes just a little bit of care to keep it that way.
Clean your diamonds regularly using a mix of warm water and baking soda. For more information about cleaning your diamond check out our blog post "3 Best Steps for Cleaning your Engagement Ring".
Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle your jewelry only by grasping the edges.
How to care for: Pearls
When cleaning pearls, try to use a new clean soft sponge (or makeup brush) and warm, soapy water to softly clean them. After cleaning the pearls, you can lay them on a towel to dry. If the pearls have been strung on a strand of silk, be sure not to touch it. The wet silk can stretch, so hands off until the pearls have dried.
Pearls are made out of calcium which means that they can have reactions to chemicals. They should not come in contact with substances such as perfumes, makeup, sweat, and chlorine. It’s a good idea to put on perfume before you put on your pearls so that the perfume is not being sprayed directly onto the gems. Also, after wearing your pearls it’s a good idea to gently wipe them with a slightly damp cloth.
Pearls require humidity, so store them in an environment that is not too dry to prevent cracking. Additionally, never store your pearls in plastic. They are organic materials and need to breathe properly.
Cleaning your Ecksand Jewelry
Jewelry needs “tune ups’ just like automobiles and bikes. Your jewelry should be professionally cleaned and inspected once a year. Within the first year of purchasing your Ecksand jewel we provide professional cleaning at no charge to you. Read about our services here.