If you have a piece of jewelry that means so much to you, of course you're going to wear it often! It might be a locket necklace with a photo of someone you're missing or a ring passed down through generations. But wearing jewelry often takes its toll in the form of tarnish, scratches, and dull gemstones. Here are some tips for storing and cleaning jewelry to keep it looking its best.
There are some preemptive measures you can take when you receive a new piece of jewelry to keep it sparkling for longer. And for those older pieces, you can take steps to prevent further damage.
- Keep the pendant away from the chain and other jewelry when you store it. When the pendant rubs against other metal, it can cause scratches on the surface.
- Another reason to keep your jewelry separated is to avoid tangles which can end up with broken chains.
- Store your jewelry in something soft, such as a jewelry box lined with velvet or a soft pouch. If you keep your jewelry in something hard such as a wooden box, it can leave scratches on pendants.
Wearing jewelry every day or even just on special occasions can expose jewelry to a host of damaging elements! Don't worry, there are a few things you can do at home to help restore shine in your jewelry.
- There are plenty of DIY ways to clean your jewelry floating around on the internet. It's hard to tell which ones could actually damage your jewelry! Avoid using abrasives like baking soda and vinegar which are bad for porous stones such as opal, amber, and pearl. Here is an article which debunks some of those DIY jewelry cleaning tips.
- If you have jewelry with porous stones, you should take extra care to make sure the stones don't get damaged. Jewelry featuring these kinds of stones should only be wiped down with a jewelry cleaning cloth. Don't use any form of liquid or cleaner on these stones as they can leave a build up and make the stone dull. You can read more tips for handling porous stones here.
- For jewelry with non-porous stones, you can clean them by using a jewelry cleaner and a soft brush made for jewelry. You don't want to use a stiff brush as it may scratch the metal. Rinse the piece and dry off with a jewelry cleaning cloth.
- If you have a large jewelry collection, it might be worth investing in quality jewelry cleaning supplies so you can clean your jewelry regularly.