In our last post, we covered basic tips on how to store and clean gold jewellery. This time, we’re going to cover diamonds, uncut diamonds and gemstones. Diamonds, uncut diamonds (polki) and other precious stones look awesome and are worn in plentitude with traditional wear amongst us. However, since these stones differ in nature, you’re going to have to be very careful about what you do. Here are five ways to take care of diamonds, pearls and gemstone jewellery.
- Start off by keeping your diamond jewellery, for instance, your engagement ring away from others to avoid scratches. Store it in a different compartment with a soft fabric lining.
2. Clean basic pieces at home (not too many cuts) in a solution of warm water and ammonia (any household cleaner would work). Take a soft toothbrush and gently scrub the item for 1-2 minutes. Let it soak for a few minutes, rinse it and dry it with a clean, soft cloth. You can use the same DIY fix for rubies, sapphires and any other transparent gems.
3. If the setting of your earrings or necklace is very fragile, just rinse it in warm water and wipe it with a lint-free cloth. Head to the jeweller every year or two, and get it cleaned/polished professionally. Same goes for stones like jade, turquoise and amber (anything porous)—just wipe and let it be.
4. If it’s a string of pearls, seed beads or stores, start off by storing these flat and long. Why? Because they tend to stretch over time. My advice would be to invest in a long pouch that has enough space for your chains to lie flat (without any loops or bends), and, also comes with a velvet lining to avoid scratches.
5. Use anti-tarnish strips to keep these pieces from losing their lacquer. When it comes to pearls in particular, swipe these strings with a cotton cloth to avoid losing their organic shine and lustre! Keep them away from other jewellery pieces and get them restrung every 2-3 years to avoid breakage.
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