Taking care of your jewellery: AXL’s advice
Pieces of jewellery are delicate little objects. Even if they are made of resistant materials in order to be worn everyday, it is still important to follow some general advice for them to keep their original beauty.
Storing your jewellery
It is important to keep your jewellery in individual boxes or cotton bags so that they don’t get scratched.
Thin chains often get tangled up, even when separated from the other chains, and it is therefore better to close necklaces and bracelets and keep them in their original box.
Wearing jewellery while sleeping
Sometimes, jewellery is so comfortable that you forget to remove it when going to sleep. However, it is better to avoid falling asleep wearing several short necklaces that may get tangled up and damaged. Short necklaces or secured mini hoops are usually safe, but earrings with a hook backing may drop and get lost in your bed, before falling on the floor and finishing up in the vacuum cleaner. Since these little misfortunes are quite common, it is wiser to take a minute or two to remove your jewels before applying your night cream!
Jewellery and beauty cream do not make a happy couple. You should avoid putting cream on your jewellery, as it often leaves marks and tends to accumulate between the stone and its setting. Over time beauty creams will tarnish both the metal and gemstones. Also remember that pearls in particular are very sensitive to perfume and cosmetics.
Putting on and removing jewellery
Be careful with your bathroom ceramics, which have a very hard surface. A piece of jewellery that falls onto your bathroom-tiled floor will normally be damaged, something which is especially true for gemstones. Also be careful with your bathroom sink, as it will swallow any smaller piece of jewellery that slips out of your hands in just the glimpse of an eye. I recommend you to put a towel over your bathroom sink when removing your jewellery – better safe than sorry!
In the shower
Generally speaking, fine jewellery doesn’t need to be taken off before showering. You should, nevertheless, avoid showering with oxidised jewellery (e.g. blackened silver) or patinated jewellery (e.g. ancient coins), since soap would alter their surface. Generally, jewellery does not like soap, as small residues often accumulate between the stones and their setting. They should therefore be rinsed carefully.
Cleaning your jewellery
Cleaning stone, gold and platinum is fairly quick and simple. Place your jewellery in a small bowl of warm water with a few drops of mild soap. Then leave it for a few minutes for traces and dust to disappear. You may also want to use an extra soft toothbrush, preferably used, for a more thorough cleaning. Finally, rinse with clean water and dry using a soft cloth.
Silver jewellery tends to oxidise, but oxidation can easily be removed with a good quality metal polish intended for silverware – a smelly but very efficient product!
Apply the product using a soft dry cloth and then proceed in the same way as for gold jewellery.