You’ve invested a lot of time in developing a jewelry collection that speaks to your personality and style, so it’s equally important to make sure it lasts by practicing proper jewelry care. As jewelers ourselves, there are a few jewelry maintenance tips and storage hacks that can help prolong the life of your most cherished pieces. Read some of our top tips for keeping your jewelry safe and sparkling for years –– if not generations –– to come.
1. Invest in Proper Jewelry Organizers
That beloved treasure box you’ve had since you were a kid may have sentimental value, but it may be time to upgrade to a proper jewelry organizer. Specifically, make sure your jewelry box has compartments that allow you to store your various pieces individually. Harder metals and gemstones –– especially finely crafted diamond jewelry –– can damage or scratch softer, semi-precious items, so it’s important that these pieces are stored apart from one another.
2. Use a Ring Dish
A ring dish is an easy storage solution for those of us who love our gold and diamond rings. The vast array of styles, colors, and textures of ring bowls is endless - try looking out for ones with ‘finger-like’ nubs where you can stack your favorite pieces! Or, consider browsing a flea market or antique shop for that perfect plate to hold some of your most precious and frequently worn pieces.
3. Hang Your Necklaces and Bracelets
Protect your collection by giving each necklace enough space to hang without touching other pieces that could scratch or damage them. Jewelry stands can be a nice option for dainty, delicate necklaces and bracelets, so long as there’s enough room that your pieces won’t become tangled.
4. Traveling with Your Jewelry
Anytime you’re getting ready to travel with your jewelry, you’ll want to take a few simple precautions to make sure your jewelry arrives in its destination safe and sound. First, be sure to separate each piece into separate pouches and make sure you pack them with a bit of cushioning. For necklaces, try keeping the tail end of the chain sticking out of the top of the pouch to prevent tangles.
5. Keep It Clean!
Jewelry cleaning methods can vary depending on the materials in your piece, but generally, most precious stones and metals can benefit from some simple jewelry maintenance tips. Gold and diamond rings tend to accumulate the most residue, as they are the most exposed the oils from your skin, soap, and lotions. Jewelry you wear every day, such as wedding and engagement rings or favorite bracelets and necklaces, can benefit from a good cleaning about every six months.
Here are a few easy steps to cleaning your jewelry at home:
- Add a gentle, sulfate-free dish soap to a bowl of warm water.
- Mix thoroughly, and let your gold, and diamond pieces soak for twenty minutes.
- Gently scrub any stubborn residue with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Dry by dabbing with a cotton cloth and voila—your pieces will have renewed sparkle and shine!
If your pieces require more extensive cleaning, you may want to stop by your local jeweler for a deep cleanse.
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Now that you have a few handy jewelry storage hacks and maintenance tips, why not add to your collection? Explore our entire line of fashionably fresh pieces to find the one that suits you today!