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Care

  • Diamond Care
  • Jewellery Care
  • Pearl Care
  • Jadau Care or Kundan Care
  • Silver Care

Diamond - Care

Everyone wear different types of ornaments. They are made from precious and valuable materials like Gold, Silver, Platinum, Diamonds and Gemstones etc. Jewellery is a status symbol of today’s world. Owning jewellery is notonly important, but care of jewellery is also is a necessary part of owning it. By using such techniques you can make your jewellery brighten and durable forever. Tips given below will help you to clean and care for your valuable jewelry so that their beauty last long.

Everyone wear different types of ornaments. They are made from precious and valuable materials like Gold, Silver, Platinum, Diamonds and Gemstones etc. Jewellery is a status symbol of today’s world. Owning jewellery is notonly important, but care of jewellery is also is a necessary part of owning it. By using such techniques you can make your jewellery brighten and durable forever. Tips given below will help you to clean and care for your valuable jewelry so that their beauty last long.

DIAMOND CARE

Diamonds are the most durable & hardest element on the earth. Its fiery brilliancy always captures eyes. It is most valuable thing like gold. Therefore diamonds are not only a jewel set in a piece of jewellery; they are an investment and need to be treated as such. With appropriate care, they can last forever Powders, soaps, lotions and even the oil from your skin will create a film on diamonds; by using in daily wear many types of dust gathered on it; however keeping your diamond jewellery in fantastic condition only requires simple continual maintenance. This simple maintenance will be rewarded with beautiful, long-lasting jewellery. It is essential that you aware of how to care and clean for your jewellery.

How to care for your diamonds:

  • It is essential to attempt to protect the diamonds in your jewellery as well as the gold, from sharp blows, harmful chemicals, sunlight and extreme temperatures.
  • This is why if you can it is a good idea to remove rings when working with your hands, such as gardening or heavy housework.
  • Don’t wear your diamond when you are playing sports or doing other rough work.
  • The only material that can break a diamond is another diamond so if you are not wearing your diamond jewellery you should store each item of jewellery separately to prevent scratching with other pieces as well as breaking. Place them in a small plastic bag, a pouch or wrap in tissue paper.
  • Don’t let your diamond come in contact with strong chlorine bleach. It won’t hurt the diamond, but it can pit or discolour the mounting.
  • Do see your jeweller at least once a year to have your precious jewellery checked for loose prongs and any signs of wear.
  • To maintain the sparkle of your diamond jewellery it is a good idea to carefully wipe your diamond jewellery with jewellery cleaning cloth or any other soft cloth after each wearing to remove oils and dust.
  • The easiest way to ensure you diamond jewellery remains sparkling with brilliance is to clean your diamonds on a regular basis. The most eye catching part of a diamond is its sparkle no matter whether it is set in a ring, bracelet, necklace, earrings or a pendant.
  • To clean your diamond jewellery the popular methods which are commonly used are given below...

By detergent: Prepare a small bowl of warm suds with any kind of mild liquid detergent. Brush the jewellery with a small soft brush creating lather. Place the piece on a wire strainer and rinse with warm water. Then dry with a soft lint free cloth.

By cold water: Mix a small bowl of solution with 5 parts water to 1 part household ammonia. Soak the item for several minutes, lift the item out of the solution and tap gently around the item with a small soft brush. Rinse the item in the solution again and drain on a piece of tissue paper.

Quick-Dip Method: Buy liquid jewellery cleaner; be careful to choose the cleaner which is best for your diamonds. Read the label carefully and follow the instructions. Be careful not to touch your clean diamonds with your fingers, handle the piece by its edges.

If you do not wish to clean your own diamond jewellery you can always take your diamond jewellery to your local jeweller to be cleaned.

Jewellery Care:

How to care Jewellery?

To care your jewellery remembers this…

  • Don't wear your jewellery 24 hours a day; take it off when you get home or at least at night.
  • Keep jewellery carefully stored and separated as different elements can damage each other.
  • When you are not wearing chains keep them fastened so they don't get tinged.
  • When you are doing jobs around the house, gardening, DIY etc. remove your jewellery, when cleaning the kitchen floor or working in the hut.
  • Do not store jewellery next to heating vent, window sill, or in the car.
  • Store jewellery away from sunlight. The sun may fade some gemstones.
  • Always store bead necklaces strung on silk (such as lapis, pearls, etc.) flat because silk stretches over time.
  • Jewellery can also damage by shopping trolleys, dog leads, door handles, handbrakes and while washing.
  • Certain chemicals can harm your precious items; we use some of them so often we don't think of them as chemicals. Hairspray, perfume, nail-polish remover, even perspiration can all affects jewellery. If you are going to use hairspray or other cosmetics, use them first and give them a chance to dry before putting on your jewellery.
  • Chlorine is particularly damaging, so if you are going swimming leave your jewellery locked in the safe at home.
  • Lay the jewellery in the locker without folding; it can weaken at the joints. Avoid stacking; if you must, layer with cotton used to fill pillows; it works better than "doctor's" cotton.
  • If in any doubt about the care, repair or valuation of your jewellery ask the advice of a professional.

How to Clean Jewellery?

  • Get your jewellery cleaned and checked at least annually by genuine person or vendor.
  • Gently rub gold and silver jewellery with a soft, clean cloth to maximize the shine.
  • Jewellery set with gems can be brought to life by careful cleaning with a soft brush and soapy water, or with a proprietary jewellery cleaning solution.
  • Don't use any form of chemical or an ultrasonic cleaner by yourself, it should be harmful for your jewellery.
  • If your jewellery in not Kundan or Jadau, Pearl or Thread jewellery then you have to use the mixture of normal detergent powder, turmeric powder in water and boil it with only gold jewellery, for diamond jewellery don’t use turmeric.
  • Do not try to get threaded pearl or bead jewellery wet and only wet antique jewellery after specialist advice, otherwise you could damage it.
  • Don’t use abrasive cleaners on jewellery.
  • You can use silver ‘dip’ type cleaners on most silver jewellery - but rinse and dry them thoroughly.
  • Don’t use silver ‘dip’ type cleaning solutions on gold jewellery, only special jewellery cleaners can be used.

Allergic Reaction of Jewellery:

Some of people have complained for an allergic reaction when wearing jewellery. Often heard was the phrase - I am allergic to gold. This is not the case, Gold is a noble metal, and it is not possible to be any types of allergic to it. The allergy stems from a reaction to other alloys used. Pure gold is too soft to make jewellery and there for its alloying with other metals to make hard e.g. in 18 karat jewellery – 6 karat is other metal (total 24 which would be pure). Most often the allergy comes from nickel, which was used for alloying purpose. The above explanation also covers allergic reaction to sterling silver.

Pearl Care:

Cultured pearls are formed inside oysters. Pearls are one of the nature’s most precious and beautiful elements and known as an organic gem. Although they are beautiful, they are particularly susceptible to damage. For this reason you should treat cultured pearls with great care.

The most important way to care for your valuable pearls is “Putting your pearl jewellery on as the last thing when you have applied make up, lotions, perfume and hair sprays, never before. Don’t spray your perfume or use any lotion on the neck area where the pearl will set. Also avoid touching it when you have just applied hand cream. Likewise make pearl jewellery the first thing you remove after night out, before you clean your face & neck or use any cream.”

How to Care Pearl?

  • Pearl jewellery cannot be haphazardly thrown in with the other jewellery in your armoire. Pearls have a softer surface compared to other jewellery. In fact, pearls are located in the lowest rung when it comes to hardness with diamonds being at the top. So, if you throw your pearls with other jewellery that contains sapphires, rubies, emeralds, etc. or even gold links that have sharp edges on them, you are endangering your pearls from getting scratched or damaged.
  • The best thing to do is to put the pearls in a separate container. If you do not have the luxury, the time or the space to store your jewels separately, then you could get inexpensive felt or velvet pouches that you can buy in craft and fabric stores. Keep your pearls in these pouches so that they do not get scratched by harder gemstones.
  • Cosmetics including perfume and hairspray should be applied before you put on any cultured pearl jewellery, otherwise the nacre or skin of pearl, can become permanently damaged.
  • Wipe pearls with a soft dry cloth after wearing to remove perfume, hairspray and anything else likely to damage them.
  • Don't use any form of chemicals, as they are most likely to damage the cultured pearls.
  • Cultured pearls are soft and any rough treatment such as carrying in a handbag or putting them loose in a jewellery box may also damage them. Wrap them in acid-free tissue for protection.
  • Every day wear and the natural constituents of your skin can have a detrimental effect on the silk used to thread your cultured pearls.
  • Besides, never keep pearls in the pink or red paper that jewellers often wrap things in- a bead of sweat or a drop of water can end up discolouring the pearls.
  • Do check your pearl jewellery once in a year by any authorized person.

How to Clean Pearl:

There are a many types of jewellery cleaners that are available in the market. DON'T usethem with your pearls. Again, as said, pearls have a softer & sensitive cover in comparison to other gems. Commercial jewellery cleaners can damage the surface of your pearls and cause them to lose their lustre and beauty.

When you need to clean your pearls, the best thing to do is to clean them with a dilute solution of soap and water. This will help remove the dirt and still keep your pearls intact. For better results, use warm water when cleaning them and soak them for at least 10 minutes. Don't leave them on too long because it can also damage the pearl and make it loose its lustre.

Another tip that will keep the pearl clean and help it keep its shine longer is to put on your perfume first before putting on the pearl. This way, you do not get any of the oil and the alcohol from the perfume directly on the pearls.

Remember to making it at last- Pearls need to be restrung at least every year or when the string they are attached to becomes frayed. Re-stringing pearls help avoid a fiasco of having your pearls rain down all over your floor with you getting on your knees looking for each individual piece. Restringing can be done by a professional; your local jeweler can probably do the job for you.

Jadau Care or Kundan Care:

Kundan jewelry requires special attention because of the extensive work-man ship involved in crafting each product. The following precautions are suggested to take care of your beautiful Kundan jewellery.

  • Kundan in particular, may react to the metals in a jewellery box. Slip it into zip-lock bags or wrap in soft cloth or in aluminium foil to store its sign.
  • If space is an issue, place the jewellery in between layers of cotton wool and seal it in a good plastic bag.
  • Never put pressure or weight on jewellery, especially Jadau.
  • Do not spray perfume, body spray, dye or any other chemicals on any part of Kundan jewellery.
  • Keep a pouch of desiccant with the piece to protect it from tarnishing due to excessive humidity.
  • Keep the jewellery away from water or dampness. Water tends to blacken the stone or uncut diamonds and enamel.
  • Do not use damp cloth or water or any other liquid or soapy solution. If any part of your Kundan jewellery darkens, then use an eraser (the one used for erasing pencil marks) on the darkened portion. Do not even use plain cloth to clean the blackened portion of Kundan. If the blackness is not removed, then take it to the nearest jewellery shop for help.
  • Handle the silk chord used to adjust the length of the necklace with care. Never wet the chord as it causes the Zari in it to discolour.

Silver Care:

Unlike the other precious metals, silver will tarnish because of a reaction to elements in the air. However, the metal does not deteriorate. You can remove the black film with silver polish. The most common way to avoid tarnish is to wear your jewellery regularly.

  • Silver jewellery should always be cleaned with a soft cotton or flannel cloth. Synthetic materials can cause scratching. You can also purchase a silver cleaning cloth, which has anti-tarnish ingredients, and keep it inside your jewellery box for quick cleaning. You can also use a child’s toothbrush to get into intricate scrollwork or patterns for quick cleaning of silver, such as removing ma.

Cleaning Silver:

These cleaning tips and hints are for the general public interested in maintaining the majority of personal silver, items that are silver or gold plated need the same type of care. Remember that the easiest way to keep your silver cleaning to a minimum is to store it properly.

  • If there is no tarnish on your silver jewellery, use a phosphate-free detergent to clean it frequently. Silver that is used then gently washed and dried immediately, will require seldom tarnish removal.
  • When first noticed (usually a yellowish-brownish tint), tarnish is easily removed. It becomes increasingly difficult to remove as it eventually turns to black. Frequent light cleanings, (washing the object with a phosphate-free detergent), then drying with a soft cloth is better than waiting until the tarnish gets so difficult to remove that more abrasive polishes would be needed.
  • When polishing or drying always use a clean, soft cotton cloth.
  • Don’t use Toothpaste, ever, as silver polish, many toothpastes ingredients which even in trace amounts may cause serious damage. Only use silver polishes.

Don't use polishes that have dried-up (the abrasive particles are now too concentrated and will harm your silver), don't usesteel wool, Scotch-Brite™ or any type of scouring pads (too abrasive), or chemical dips (too toxic).