Our last post – about the sonic jewellery cleaner – got us thinking that perhaps we should share our tips for caring for your lovely LucyQ jewellery to keep it in tip top condition. We follow the advice of the National Association of Goldsmiths. Here’s what they have to say on the subject:
- Gently rub gold and silver jewellery with a soft, clean cloth to maximise the shine.
- Jewellery set with gems can be brought to life by careful cleaning with a soft brush and soapy water, or with a proprietary jewellery cleaning solution. Try not to get threaded pearl or bead jewellery wet and only wet antique jewellery after specialist advice – you could ruin it.
- Wipe pearls with a soft damp cloth after wearing to remove perfume, hairspray and anything else likely to damage them.
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners on jewellery.
- You can use silver ‘dip’ type cleaners on most silver jewellery – but rinse and dry them thoroughly.
- Don’t use silver ‘dip’ type cleaning solutions on gold jewellery, only special jewellery cleaners.
- Keep jewellery carefully stored and separated – not jumbled together in a draw.
- Keep chains fastened so that they don’t get tangled up.
- A professional should check jewellery for damage or wear, on a regular basis.
As for cultured pearls:
- Cosmetics including perfume and hairspray should be applied before you put on any cultured pearl jewellery, otherwise the nacre, or skin, can become permanently damaged. After wearing, clean it with a soft dry cloth.
- Should you need to wash your cultured pearl jewellery, do it with water and maybe a drop or two of detergent. Don’t use any form of chemicals, as they are most likely to damage the cultured pearls.
- Cultured pearls are soft and any rough treatment such as carrying in a handbag or putting them loose in a jewellery box may also damage them. Wrap them in tissue for protection.
So now you know. Good advice and it really will ensure that your jewellery is kept at its best for years to come.