Jewelry is one of our most cherished accessories, and should be treated with love and care. A sophisticated pair of gold earrings or an elegant pearl necklace can transform your whole look.
Fine jewelry is crafted to last a lifetime, however, they can be delicate and require special care when cleaning and storing. Proper care can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty for generations to come.
1. What are the basic care guidelines?
Keep your jewelry nice and dry. That means not storing it in the bathroom, not leaving it by the edge of the pool, and generally speaking not bathing with it on. An ideal place to store your jewellery is in a drawer or a box, away from moisture. In Singapore’s humid weather this is especially important as jewellery does tend to tarnish when left out. Also, do not leave it under direct sunlight, and store in moderate temperature.
2. How do I clean silver?
Silver is a very versatile metal, with a gorgeous soft lustre that makes for beautiful jewellery. Unfortunately it is also pretty fragile and can quickly develop tarnish, stain and scratches. However you can clean this yourself with jewellery -cleaning cloths you can get from DIY stores. Give your jewellery a good wipe and you’re ready to go.
If it is a more than the cleaning cloth can handle, or if your jewellery is very intricately carved you might want to follow these steps here. Take a small bowl. Line it with aluminum foil, and then add 1 tbsp of salt and baking soda each, followed by a couple of drops of dish detergent and a cup of hot water. Add the water last and let that potion fizz. Drop in your jewellery and let it sit for 10 minutes. Take it out, rinse it clean, wipe it dry with a soft cloth, and TA-DA! Good as new.
3. Will gold plating wear off? How do I prevent this?
Lustre 18k Gold Plated Double Line Agate Cuff
Yes, however, Gold-plated jewelry does not fade! Instead, the very thin layer of gold that is plated over another metal wears off, exposing the underlying metal. The amount of time it takes the gold plate to wear off is dependent on a couple of factors. First, the thickness of the plating will affect the length of time the layer of gold plate will take to begin wearing off noticeably exposing the underlying metal. Secondly, the type of jewelry and how it is worn will affect the length of time before the gold plate begins to wear off and expose the silver. For example, in general a gold-plated ring will wear off its plating much more quickly than a pendant that is plated. A piece of jewelry always worn next to the skin will wear off sooner than one worn over clothing due to the skin’s natural oil. Avoid exposing your jewellery to chemicals in perfume, hairspray and other cosmetics to prevent the plating from eroding.
Shop Lustre jewellery at http://www.shoplustre.com or visit their show room at 115 Amoy Street #04-00 S(069935).
Contributor: Karmen Leong
Karmen is a fashion and beauty content contributor for VanillaLuxury.sg. Apart from being a social media marketer, she's also an avid enthusiast of literary classics, art and design.