Never wear your jewellery while doing rough or hard work.
Ensure your jewellery does not come in contact with household chemicals such as hair spray, perfume, nail-polish remover etc. or chlorine bleach. These can affect the sparkle. When using hair spray or other cosmetics, apply them first, let them dry and only then put on your jewelry.
Gold Jewellery Care
Gold jewellery should be removed when washing or bathing. Soap can cause a film to form on the gold, making it appear dull.
You will find many cleaners available in the market to clean your gold jewellery at home. Soft chamois cloth is a good option.
You can remove tarnish by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Carefully brush with a soft bristle brush. After the brushing, simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow to dry.
Grease can be removed from gold jewellery by dipping the jewellery into plain rubbing alcohol.
Diamond Jewellery Care
Clean your diamonds regularly using jewellery cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewellery into the solution and use a soft brush to wipe dust or dirt from under the setting.
Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle clean jewellery by its edges.
Colour Stone Jewellery Care
After wearing, wipe your precious gemstone jewellery thoroughly with a clean soft, slightly damp cloth. This will enhance the gemstone’s luster and ensure that your jewellery is clean before storage.
Store gemstone pieces individually in soft pouches.
Do not subject gemstone jewellery to sudden temperature changes.
If you have an active lifestyle, take extra precautions with some types of gemstone jewellery. Emeralds, for example, are brittle and should not be worn when doing household chores or any other activity where the stone could be hit or damaged.
Be extra careful with ultrasonic cleaners. Some gemstones are fragile and can be damaged by ultrasonic cleaners.
Pearl Jewellery Care
Since pearl are very soft, choose pearls with thick nacre which can last long and withstand wear over time.
The best way is to wear them often because the body’s natural oil keeps them lustrous.
Pearls should be wiped with a soft cloth before being stored and kept separate from other precious metals or gemstones that might scratch or dull their tender surfaces.
Precautions while Storing
Jewellery should be kept in a fabric-lined jewel case or a box with compartments or dividers. If more than one piece is placed in a box, each of them should be wrapped in tissue paper, because a diamond can scratch and damage another diamond.
Remove your ring before doing any rough work.
Pack each item carefully in a jewel box or something similar when traveling.
Occasional polishing by the jeweller is recommended.