If you’re already fortunate enough to own precious gemstones or metals, learning how to care for them is essential. Despite the reputation certain materials may have for being virtually indestructible or maintenance-free, you can get a longer life and maintain an enhanced, like-new appearance for your jewellery simply by learning a few quick tips.
Sam Bozuk, owner of Prestige Jewellery in Georgina, recommends the following.
1. Stay away from chlorine
“With gold and silver you absolutely have to stay away from chlorine. It’s the worst thing for them and will definitely cause them to tarnish,” says Bozuk.
If you’re headed into a pool, Jacuzzi or spa, remember to remove all jewellery first. Chlorine damage can be almost immediate. The chemicals in the water can cause your gold or silver piece to discolour and tarnish and they might even create little holes or cracks, weakening the metal itself.
2. Watch the hair spray, perfume and cologne
Nothing matches pearl jewellery in terms of elegance and style, but pearls themselves are remarkably delicate. You want to do everything you can to preserve their natural luster and shine.
“Spraying your cologne and hair spray will kill your beautiful pearl,” says Bozuk. “It’s the alcohol in the spray that is so damaging.”
Apply these sprays first – if you must – and allow them to dry fully before putting any jewellery on. Think strategically about placement; make sure no product will come in direct contact with your jewellery, even after it has dried.
3. Learn to distinguish hard from soft
Opals and pearls are incredibly soft and fragile stones. Opals contain a lot of water and are surprisingly vulnerable. Extreme or sudden changes in temperature can cause them to crack. Also take care to keep them out of direct sunlight, which can change the colour of the stone or cause it to acquire a hazy look.
Pearls are known to scratch very easily. Also, try to limit contact with cosmetics, sweat and hair products.
For more information, visit www.prestigejewellery.ca or call 905-476-3700.