How to clean and preserve your jewellery

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How to clean and preserve your jewellery

When you have precious jewellery at home, it can be easy to forget about it until you want to wear them or sell them to outlets such as Muzeum. But, as you likely know, you get the most value (and sense of pride) with jewellery that is in excellent condition. 

That's where this blog post comes in.

Below is a bookmark-worthy guide on everything you need to know about preserving and cleaning your gold, silver and gem-encrused jewellery.

If you wear the goods, avoid chemicals

If you like to take your jewellery for a spin, be sure to avoid using harmful chemicals that could damage your necklaces, rings and bracelets. For example, perfume and cologne contain chemicals that could discolour certain precious metals.

Also, even if you look oh so good wearing bling in a pool, don't mix jewellery and water. Chlorine has been known to damage certain delicate stones and gems.

Store smart

It can only hurt your sparkling things if you bag them all together. It's always recommended to separate your jewellery into individual bags or small boxes, such as padded slots for rings. We know many people who use posts or hooks to hang their necklaces and bracelets. 

If you travel with your jewellery, you should separate your items and place them in individual plastic bags. That way, any baggage jostling won't harm your collectibles.

Clean living

We've heard many theories on stuff to use to clean your jewellery, from vinegar to toothpaste to beer to ketchup, yes, ketchup. While some may work for you, we recommend good ol' soap and water to clean jewellery that may have accumulated grime or smudges.

Use an unbleached white cotton cloth and a light mixture of soap and water to wipe down your jewellery. Pay particular attention to any areas with marks or tarnishes. It’s not often a good idea to soak jewellery, because leaving metal in water can cause tarnishing or rusting.

Then lay your jewellery on a towel to dry.

A note on pearls: They often tarnish a bit quicker than other items, so keep a close eye on their condition. We think a great cleaning solution is a fresh make-up brush dipped in shampoo and water. Once you’re done, use a clean damp cloth to rinse them thoroughly. 

Check in regularly

Don't neglect your precious goods; we recommend checking in regularly with your jewellery to assess their condition and to spot any wear and tear.  

Look for loose settings, weak clasps and worn strings. Ensure that any weaknesses or damage is repaired as soon as possible.

If you wear your items at events and especially outdoors, be certain that bad weather or food/drink mishaps don't tarnish your jewellery. Necklaces and rings often get the brunt of drink clumsiness, such as spilled wine, so be extra cautious when wearing your Sunday finest.

By being proactive with cleaning your jewellery, you can preserve these collectibles whether you wear them regularly or want to sell them for some extra cash.  

And if you want more advice on how to find the items around your home that you may have forgotten about, and you want an assessment of their value, be sure to get in touch with us anytime! Email us at info@muzeum.ca with your questions or concerns.


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