Jewellery Care & Cleaning Instructions
By Dianna of The Ruby Oracle
All jewellery needs to be treated with care. This will ensure that you will have your jewellery to enjoy for many years.
Please note the following suggestions.
- Be careful not to drop or throw your jewellery onto hard surfaces as this can dislodge crystals and break components. Accidents do happen so I recommend that you put on or remove your jewellery in a carpeted area.
- Don’t wear your jewellery when showering, swimming or cleaning as jewellery can become dull and fragile if they come in contact with water and cleaning products.
- Always use a soft dry cotton cloth or polishing cloth. Use a Silver polishing cloth for silver jewellery and a Gold polishing cloth for gold. A multipurpose polishing cloth will work for either but not as well as a specific cloth.
- Never use harsh detergents or toothbrushes for cleaning jewellery, as this can damage the surface and dislodge crystals.
- Apply hairspray and perfume before putting on your jewellery. In particular, allow your perfume to dry first.
- Avoid wearing jewellery while sleeping, playing sport, blow-drying your hair and having beauty treatments.
Always put on or remove your earrings while watching in a mirror. The potential consequences of not doing so are:
- Damaging your earlobes.
- Having sore and even bleeding earlobes.
- Damaging your earrings from dropping them while fumbling.
Don’t wear woollen scarves with fine-chained necklaces. The clasp can become entangled within the wool and on removing the scarf, the chain can become stretched or broken. If the chain breaks, whatever is hanging from it, may drop onto the floor and break.
Always put on jumpers, jackets and coats prior to putting on your bracelets. Otherwise the bracelet can become caught in the sleeves and you run the risk of stretching or breaking the bracelet or whatever is hanging from the bracelet.
Always check that the safety-catch of your Brooch is properly secured. Otherwise you may run the risk of the pin jabbing you or the Brooch falling off.
Your jewellery should be stored in soft cloths, soft cloth pouches or in jewellery boxes. Ideally, they should be stored individually to avoid damage from rubbing against each other.