August 25, 2023

Taking good care of your Jewelry is Important!

By Art Fish
Taking good care of your Jewelry is Important!

At Prairie Jewelers I'm happy to help you keep your jewelry in great condition throughout the years.  By remembering to do a few things you'll be able to enjoy those pieces longer!

Taking care of your jewelry, whether it's costume jewelry or fine jewelry, is essential to maintain its beauty and longevity. Here are some practical, hands-on tips for taking care of your jewelry:

  1. Remove Jewelry When Necessary: There are times when you should avoid wearing your jewelry to prevent damage. Remove your jewelry when applying lotions, sunscreen, or other beauty products. Avoid wearing jewelry while deep cleaning, swimming in chlorine-treated pools, playing contact sports, or gardening.

  2. Put Jewelry On Last: When getting dressed, put your jewelry on last to avoid tangling with clothing and coming into contact with chemicals like hairspray.

  3. Separate and Store Properly: Store your jewelry pieces separately to prevent scratching and damage. Consider using cloth pouches or individual cases for fine or vintage jewelry. For silver, use tarnish-resistant bags to minimize tarnishing.

  4. Regularly Check Your Jewelry: Before wearing your jewelry, take a moment to inspect it. Look for loose stones, clasps, or prongs that might need repair. If you notice any issues, avoid wearing the piece until it's fixed.

  5. Cleaning Jewelry: Use a soft, lint-free cloth to gently clean your jewelry after wearing it. This will help remove dirt, oils, and sweat that can accumulate. For more thorough cleaning, follow these steps:

    • Gold and Gemstones: Mix a mild dish soap with warm water. Soak the jewelry briefly, then use a soft brush (like a toothbrush) to gently scrub. Rinse and pat dry.
    • Silver: Use a silver polishing cloth or a silver cleaner designed for jewelry. Avoid using abrasive materials that can scratch the metal.
    • Pearls: Wipe pearls with a soft cloth after wearing to remove sweat and oils. Avoid submerging them in water, as it can damage the string.
  6. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Keep your jewelry away from harsh chemicals, including household cleaners and beauty products. These chemicals can damage metals and gemstones.

  7. Store Properly: When you're not wearing your jewelry, store it in a dry and cool place. Avoid exposing jewelry to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or humidity.

  8. Professional Repairs: If you notice loose stones, broken clasps, or other issues, consult Prairie jewelers. They have the expertise and equipment to make necessary repairs and adjustments.

  9. Professional Cleaning: While you can clean your jewelry at home, consider having it professionally cleaned by Prairie Jewelers twice a year. They can also inspect it for any hidden issues.

  10. Travel Carefully: When traveling, use a travel jewelry case or a small pouch to protect your jewelry. Pack it in your carry-on bag to prevent loss or damage.

Remember, proper care and maintenance can significantly extend the life of your jewelry, keeping it looking beautiful for years to come.

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