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Protecting your gold jewellery for the long term

Monday, December 6, 2010

Your gold jewellery is susceptible to loss and damage from some of the most common everyday tasks.  Just being a little more aware of good practice with regard to cleaning, removal and storage will protect your precious items for the long term. 

Your jewellery is not only valuable but in many cases has sentimental value and therefore it is important that you take good care of your jewellery. There are some basic tips regarding cleaning, removal and storage of your jewellery which mean that you keep your jewellery in the best possible condition and avoid scratches and other damage which can reduce its lustre and shine or worse. Jewellery also has clasps, supports and springs that can easily be damaged and can result in loss of stones if not properly maintained.

Remove jewellery to avoid damage from everyday tasks and activities

It is common for some items of jewellery, particularly wedding rings or other items with sentimental value, to be worn al the time. This means they are susceptible to damage from many everyday events such as swimming, household cleaning or manual work. The chlorine found in swimming pools and jacuzzis is a particular problem; regular exposure can cause damage over time and therefore it is best to remove the jewellery if possible. Some activities like DIY and gardening also put your jewellery at risk of damage from scratches, dents or even breaks. It should also be noted that household cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals or acids that can be damaging and therefore removal during cleaning is also recommended. You can of course make sure your rings are protected by wearing rubber gloves for cleaning.

Have a designated and appropriate storage place for your jewellery

How many times do you hear about people who remove their jewellery temporarily for cleaning jobs and then can't find it afterwards? In the worse case, it has dropped down the plug hole. Make sure you have a regular place to store your jewellery like a ring stand where you know it can't fall or be lost. W hen you are outside the home, then put the jewellery in a soft pouch or otherwise a tissue to prevent scratches and damage from other items.

Jewellery boxes are obviously the best storage on a more permanent basis as they contain separate compartments for each jewellery item and are felt lined; preventing contact between gold and say diamonds that might cause damage. A regular storage option reduces the likelihood of items being misplaced around the house. The main thing to avoid with storage is glass or metal containers that may cause damage to the items.

Regular cleaning is recommended to maintain the lustre and shine

It always recommended getting your jewellery cleaned professional as not only will it look better, they will also inspect it for any other damage to clasps etc. A broken clasp could mean the loss of a stone or bracelet at some future stage and you may not be covered by insurance if the insurer feels the jewellery was not maintained properly. You can use warm soap water and a soft cloth or brush to clean jewellery yourself. You should make sure the item is rinsed properly afterwards and buffed with a lint free cloth. There are non abrasive jewellery cleaners available for purchase for this purpose.

Make sure you give your jewellery the care and attention it deserves to ensure you preserve the value, both monetary and sentimental, for many years to come.

Author: Tony Birdsall - Antony James Jewellers, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

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