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How To Maintain Your Accessories In The Best Condition

2013 May 11
by cnapple

Whether we are talking about that beautiful diamond ring your grandmother left you or we talk about the new watch you just bought, taking care of the accessories you own is important if you want them to last longer and look new. Here are some of the methods you can use to make sure that you take care of your blings the proper way.

Chemical agents and sweat are the biggest enemies when it comes to your fashion jewelry, especially when they are not made of precious metals and risk oxidizing. You need to make sure that you wipe them with a clean cloth after wearing them to remove all oils or sweat that may damage the material. To clean them thoroughly you shouldn’t wash them with water, use alcohol, and dry them afterwards.

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When it comes to gemstones, especially high end gemstones like diamonds or sapphires, you need to take extra care of them. They are quite durable but may deteriorate if exposed to certain chemicals, so avoid that. When it comes to the organic gems such as coral, pearls or amber, there is no need to wash them as they will absorb water because they are porous. You can wipe them with a damp cloth and then wipe them with a dry cloth for shine. Avoid putting any detergent on them, because they will deteriorate. Also, if you are wearing opals you should make sure that you don’t expose it to sunlight too much.

Storing your jewelry is as important as keeping it away from water, sunlight or chemicals, because it is the main way your jewelry can get tarnished. Instead of putting them all in a box make sure that they are away from each other; for example, you should store them in separate small boxes or in fabric such as cotton. This way you can keep them dry and avoid tarnishing.

Avoid jewelry cleaner on jewelry that is not made with precious metals or stones, because it may damage the metal. Also, extreme temperatures can also damage jewelry so be careful with that if you want them to last longer and maintain their color.

It is also obvious that you should make sure that your jewelry doesn’t break with impact because even the hardest stones such as sapphire or emerald can break if there is enough impact. Also, silver has a tendency to bend being a softer metal, so be extra careful with that.

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