Jewelry Maintenance Tips6 Jewelry Maintenance Tips

When you have fine pieces of jewelry, it’s very important to make sure you take care of them properly. If not taken care of the right way, the jewelry’s look, value, and quality will all eventually diminish over time. Here are some great jewelry maintenance tips to keep your personal collection in tip-top condition:

1. Regular Cleaning

Regular cleaning should be done to your jewelry pieces to preserve the shine and quality as well as possible. Having a beautiful ruby or diamond is quite nice, but stones must be cleaned to retain their original beauty. How often the jewelry is cleaned is dependent on how much exposure it gets to damaging environmental influences.

2. Check-Ups

To ensure the life of your jewelry, regular check-ups should be performed on them to decrease the likelihood of something breaking and getting lost. It’s necessary to check prongs, fasteners, links, and gems once a year to make sure the structure of the jewelry is kept in good condition. The more expensive the jewelry is, the more often you should do these check-ups, as well.

3. Metal Maintenance

Did you know that each type of metal typically requires a different approach to cleaning and polishing? Most fine jewelry is made with precious metals like platinum, gold, and silver, so it’s important to figure out the best way to clean these. The wear over time will cause metal to scratch and tarnish, which nobody wants for their beautiful jewelry.

4. Avoid Chemicals

At all times, fine jewelry should be kept far away from harmful chemicals. Chemicals will ruin the finish and color of jewelry over time. Be sure to remove your jewelry before doing any tidying up around the house with cleaning products that undoubtedly contain tons of chemicals.

5. Tarnish Resistant Bags

If you’re looking to prevent oxidation of silver jewelry, and other metals that you’re concerned about, look to begin storing it in tarnish resistant bags. These specially designed bags will provide an airtight seal which slows the oxidation process on jewelry that you don’t wear on a daily basis.

6. Repair

If at any time you realize your jewelry needs to be repaired, it’s important to take care of this as soon as possible. The longer you put off fixing a piece of jewelry, the higher chance exists of additional damage or loss. There are instances where some metals will be damaged so bad that they are beyond repair, so it’s not suggested to take this lightly!

handmade jewelryWritten by Elaine Helmig, Co-Founder of Jinja Jewelry

Elaine has traveled far from her beginnings in the aviation industry with a background in engineering.  Her eye for beauty and natural symmetry led her to partner with artist Australian Joy Daniels. The two of them have joined forces to build a Jinja Team with a creative flair for beautiful fashion jewelry. The results have been truly extraordinary as the handmade jewelry has found a following with an international clientele as diverse as the jewelry itself.  Jinja Jewelry is slowly becoming a fashion statement and is treasured for its simply beautiful coral and elegant silver designs.

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