Jewelry Care Tips: How to Care of Fine Jewelry

Jewelry Care Tips: How to Care of Fine Jewelry

 Your beautiful jewelry by Mystic J can last a lifetime with proper care since we only use precious metals and stones.

Whether you wear your pieces every day or save them for special occasions, you might notice that eventually, your jewelry has lost some of its brilliance. Fortunately, you can restore your pieces to their original shine and sparkle. 

           

There are a few general steps you can take to care of your jewels:

 

1. Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.


Put jewelry on after applying hairspray and makeup. Perfumes, hairspray, lotion, and makeup usually contain harsh chemicals that can damage your beautiful jewelry. By waiting until you are all done with your beauty routine, you can avoid potential damage.

Always take off your jewelry first; this will ensure that your clothing does not snag on your sweater or T-shirt during the removal process. Inadvertent tension on the necklace while removing the shirt can cause the chain or rope to break! 


2. Remove your jewelry during activities.

We recommend taking off your jewelry while sleeping, taking a shower/bath, working out, swimming, going to a (hair)salon, cleaning. Since cleaning products can damage your jewelry or you might get it entangled somewhere. So take off any jewelry you wear and store it safely before sun ‘tanning’ or going out in direct heat or hard sunlight as well (because this might tarnish your jewelry or fade gemstones).

 

3. Carefully clean jewelry before storing.


We recommend cleaning your jewelry before storing it. Storing jewelry without removing dirt, oils, and other substances from your pieces can cause damage over time. You can clean your jewelry with a jewelry cleaning cloth after each use.

 

4. Store your jewels correctly. 

In general, you should store your jewelry so that it is not exposed to air and light. 

Keep your jewelry secure in Mystic J’s original boxes, since our packaging is designed to store your jewelry most securely. But do not store damp or wet jewelry. Damp jewelry can tarnish or corrode depending on the material, and it will create a humid environment in storage, which you should avoid for most pieces. 

Avoid storing jewelry in your bathroom because the humidity will have the same impact as leaving your pieces wet. We recommend also putting a piece of chalk or a bag of silica inside your jewelry box; it will absorb moisture and keep your jewelry clean longer. Change it for a new one every couple of months. In addition to all that, you can use a Ziplock or sandwich bag with the air squeezed out to prevent oxidation.


Besides the right care routine, it is important to clean your jewelry appropriately. We recommend using different cleaning methods on other materials. You can regularly clean all your jewelry easily at home.

        


Sterling silver jewelry you can wash in warm water with baking soda or with soap softly, of course, if it isn’t black or oxidized silver. Then use a jewelry cleaning cloth and be sure to dry silver diligently as leaving it wet can cause tarnishing. 


To clean your Gold jewelry, we recommend soaking it in warm water with a little mild dishwashing soap for 20 to 40 minutes. If needed, use a soft cloth or soft toothbrush to rub or wipe the jewelry. The purer the gold in jewelry, the more prone it is to scratches, so be gentle while cleaning. Then carefully dry with a paper towel or jewelry cleaning cloth.


Platinum, like pure gold, this material will not tarnish. However, Platinum can still scratch, though it will not wear down over time. Treat this metal with soap and water, and then dry it with a paper towel or jewelry cleaning cloth. Take it to a professional for polishing if you would like your article to have its original shine.


You can clean your White Gold in the same way as your gold jewelry. Regular cleaning helps maintain shine and luster, but white gold jewelry begins to show its original yellow or gold color with excessive wear. Take your white gold jewelry to a professional once the original plating wears off, and a technician can re-plate these pieces.

Clean your Rhodium plated jewelry with warm water and mild liquid soap. Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth immediately to avoid mineral residue from the water. Never use any chemicals on your rhodium items. Never use toothpaste and never brush with a toothbrush.


While Diamonds add a radiant touch to any look, wearing diamond jewelry daily or regularly contributes to clouding. Dust and pollution over time also dull the brilliance of your diamonds. We recommend cleaning your diamonds with a mild dish soap water solution. Be sure to use a basic dish soap that does not contain detergents, as those could cause damage to your jewelry. Soak your diamond jewelry in a solution for about 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush, and then rinse under warm running water.   

      


Ultimately, you can always take your jewelry to a professional for repairing or polishing. But the best method to clean your jewelry at home remains water soap solution. This is a good go-to method, mostly for all types of jewelry.




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