Storage, Caring and Cleaning

Here are a few useful tips on how to get your treasures for a long time!


Work and everyday life:

Jewellery should please you every day and most jewellery is suitable for every day wearing. 

However, there are some jobs where rings are better removed, such as gardening, moving, paving the driveway or if you sand your car.... Always remember: skin grows back, metal doesn't.

If gemstones are processed it is also advisable to remove rings when rinsing or similar, depending on the type (e.g. pearls, corals, lapis lazuli).

Do not wear your jewellery (except the wedding ring of course) overnight.
This protects your jewellery and brings more variety into your outfit, as you will surely exchange it more often.



Cleaning jewellery:

Just like you should clean your coat from time to time or your shoes, you should also treat your jewellery to a small wellness treatment every now and then.

You will be thrilled how wonderful even "old darlings" can often shine again!

In the course of time and wearing, dirt particles also accumulate on jewellery and watches.
The bottoms of watch cases, clasps, stone frames, ear nuts are popular places for such dirt particles and thus also a wonderful breeding ground for bacteria.

Depending on the piece of jewellery, it is advisable to have the jewellery professionally cleaned by a goldsmith.

However, you can also preserve the beauty of jewellery and watches for a long time with small efforts:

Clean your jewellery and also your watch with a soft cloth (special jewellery cleaning cloths are available in drugstores), especially the areas directly in contact with the skin.

This only takes a few seconds, but has a big effect!
Otherwise small spaces, especially with skin contact, can become a fertile breeding ground or colonies! Eeeek!!

Depending on the material, you can also clean your jewellery under running water and then dry it well.



Diamonds:

Diamonds are completely resistant to acids and alkalis.
If they lose their brilliance over time, it's because dirt particles accumulate on the stone.

Since most settings are open at the bottom or sides, they are also easy to clean. Some classic detergent (the very simple green one with no frills), an old toothbrush and scrub away.
Cleaning in an ultrasonic bath works best.
Then rinse thoroughly with running water and dry well. 



Cosmetics:

Hairspray, perfume, creams, ... What is good for skin and hair is not good for your jewellery.
Therefore try to protect it from all "chemical attacks".

This reduces the probability that something starts to tarnish, that unnecessary particles accumulate and especially pearl and stone chains are happy if they are not thoroughly smeared with lotion.



Earrings / Earrings / Stud Earrings:

Always take off your earrings overnight.

This only takes a few seconds, but is a relief for your ear and jewellery.
It can quickly happen that you get stuck in your sleep and tear your earlobe open.
This is very painful and leaves unattractive scars.
The removal of the earring also has another advantage. Your earlobe can regenerate overnight.
The ear also produces sebum.
If you give your ear holes time to breathe at night, inflammation will be prevented. 

If you take off your ear jewellery, clean it briefly over pin and ear nut (with a soft cloth or also simply fast with the fingers, this does not take a second). This is how you remove sebum residue - a breeding ground for bacteria.

Depending on the condition, cleaning with water and mild detergent may also be recommended.
But always take care that nothing escapes through the drain! It is best to use a bowl.



Pearls:

Pearls do not like acids and alkalis.
Keep perfumes, creams, hairsprays and soap away from pearls.
This also prolongs the life of the silk thread.

If you are not wearing your pearls, it is best to store them in a softly lined jewellery box or in a collier box.
Make sure that the pearls have enough space. Do not "stuff" them into a bag or drawer with other jewelry.
Then the pearls will not rub against each other and the thread will be not overstretched.



Silver:

Silver tarnishes over time.

Nickel plating or chemical tarnish protection prevent the silver from tarnishing for a while, but are harmful to health and therefore not a solution.

Silver can also be provided with a rhodium layer. This is harmless to health.
However, this layer wears off in the course of time.

The best way to prevent your silver jewellery from tarnishing is to wear it - jewellery that is worn a lot has no time to tarnish - and if you are not wearing it, you should keep it airtight.

Do not leave your jewellery lying around open but keep it in lockable jewellery boxes with soft surfaces.

Do not leave your jewellery in the bathroom - the high humidity is an accelerator for tarnishing.

If your jewellery has tarnished, you can clean it in silver-gold baths (available at many drugstores).

This is the best way to do it:

Dip the piece of jewellery in and scrub it carefully with an old toothbrush. (Don't leave it in the bath too long!)
Rinse thoroughly under warm running water.
Blow dry well.

(Please also observe the manufacturer's instructions.)

! Attention ! Pearls, coral and precious stones such as lapis lazuli, malachite, opal, amber, etc. must not be placed in normal immersion baths! There are special immersion baths for these sensitive materials.
It is best to have jewellery cleaned with these materials by a specialist.

All hard, transparent (also called "glassy") gemstones (such as aquamarine, beryl, diamond, onyx, topaz, etc.) tolerate the silver bath.

If you are not sure, it is best to ask the manufacturer or to let it be cleaned professional.



Storage

Metals and jewellery may make a robust impression, but you should always treat them with respect!

Please don't stuff your jewellery into tight bags and pouches.

Also the coin compartment of your purse is not a suitable storage place!

Jewellery that is not being worn at the moment feels most comfortable in a spacious casket, where it does not rub against each other with other pieces.

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