Jewellery Maintenance: Taking Care of Your Contemporary Jewellery

March 04, 2015 Allison Bray

Few things can match the feeling of buying - or, better still, being bought - a brand-new piece of contemporary jewellery. Whether it's made of gold, silver, amber, or the whole host of other materials available, a new piece of jewellery can be a great way to subtly change your look and boost your confidence.

However, as with all precious items, a good piece of contemporary jewellery deserves a fair bit of care and attention in order to maintain that shine and sparkle. And that's why, here at Monkey Puzzle Jewellery, we've put together a few tips to make sure your contemporary jewellery remains as pristine as the day it came out of the box.

Remember to remove rings and bracelets when showering and washing up

One common cause of dullness in rings and bracelets is soap, which builds up from washing up or showering while wearing the jewellery. When this happens, the soap can leave a layer on top of the metal or stones, producing a dull, unattractive sheen. 

Watch out for chemicals

As well as taking care to remove jewellery when washing up, you should also watch out when using household chemicals, hairspray, or perfumes. Chemicals within these products can easily erode the coating of your jewellery, or even discolour it. 

Keep your jewellery dry when in storage

When jewellery isn't being used, it's important to keep it somewhere dry to prevent it being tarnished by moisture. One way of getting rid of moisture is to include a desiccant crystal bag, which can be purchased separately or found in shoe boxes, bags, and many other items.

Avoid damage when out and about

With all jewellery, it's important to avoid scratches and scuffs. Not only will these ruin the look of the jewellery, but they will also let in moisture and chemicals, causing tarnishing, discolouration, and erosion. Therefore, before playing sports, heading out into the garden, or going to the beach, make sure your jewellery is taken off or otherwise protected. 

Pay special attention to opals, emeralds, and pearls

In order to maintain the natural shine of pearls, opals, and emeralds, it's important to clean them with a soft cloth when they've come into contact with things such as perfume, perspiration, or body oils. Doing so will reduce the loss of shine.

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