For many of us, our jewellery collection is our pride and joy. Whether it's a treasured heirloom or simply an everyday item that has become your go-to outfit addition, you'll want to admire your favourite pieces for years to come.
Scrapes, bumps and the effects of the elements can all take their toll, but you can keep your jewellery looking as lovely as the day you received it with our handy guide. We’ve got helpful cleaning tips, innovative storage ideas and general pointers for keeping your sparkles in tip top condition.
Your jewellery deserves to dazzle and shine, so here’s how to effortlessly clean your jewels using a few everyday items from your house:
Wondering how to clean gold jewellery? An easy and effective way is to place it in a jar of white vinegar and leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, remove it and lightly scrub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush before rinsing and storing it safely ready for the next wear.
Over time, a green or brownish patina may develop on your platinum pieces. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to get rid of using mild soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. Finish by gently rubbing it with a soft cloth and your platinum will look as good as new.
Sterling silver can be cleaned using a thick paste made from 45 grams of baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Apply the mixture with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse and buff dry to leave your silver shining.
To keep your diamonds sparkling, soak them in a solution of 230 millilitres of warm water and 60 grams of ammonia for roughly 15 minutes. Then, using a soft-bristled toothbrush, scrub away any visible grime, especially any that’s hiding in the crevices of the setting and underneath the diamond itself.
When it's time to clean your pearls you can use a dry, lint-free cloth. Try to refrain from spraying deodorant, perfume or any cleaning products directly onto the jewellery as pearls are delicate in nature and they need to be treated very carefully.
Your Jewellery deserves to dazzle and shine, so here's how to effortlessly clean your jewels using a few everyday items from your house:
Storing your jewellery correctly is the key to making it last a lifetime. Follow these top tips to keep it looking its best:Shop Jewellery Boxes & Stands
It’s best to store necklaces individually so that they don’t get tangled. Try using a free-standing holder on your dressing table or hang them on a peg rack mounted to your closet door.Shop Necklaces
Exposure to air will cause your silver accessories to oxidise and tarnish. For proper silver jewellery care, keep your pieces dry at all times and sealed in a jewellery box. Wrapping them in a tarnish-proof cloth can add an extra layer of protection.Shop Silver Jewellery
Bracelets and bangles
Bracelets don’t tangle as easily as necklaces so are a little easier to store. Opt for a counter top jewellery organiser for your dresser or invest in a jewellery box or stand to display your best bangles.Shop Bracelets & Bangles
Keep your earrings organised by storing them in pairs in individual boxes and compartments. A drawer or jewellery organiser works best, or a jewellery tree on your bedside table.Shop Earrings
Here are a few general tips that will help you to get the best out of your jewellery:
Travel with care
Jewellery containing diamonds or gemstones can damage other pieces if they're stored in close proximity. Anything made of softer materials like silver will be particularly susceptible to scratches. Keep your favourite pieces in individual soft pouches to prevent any dents. If you’re packing for a last-minute trip and don’t have much time to prepare you could always place your jewels in a zip-lock bag to keep them safe.
Put jewellery on after your makeup
Cosmetics, perfumes and even everyday lotions can contain chemicals that might harm your jewellery. You can easily avoid this by putting your jewellery on after applying any products to avoid discolouration and residue build-up.
Remove jewellery before swimming
If you’re going to the beach, pool or spa, take your jewellery off before you enter the water. Chlorine and salt can react with the metals and change the setting or colour of the piece.
Remove jewellery before sport
Be sure to take all of your jewellery off before engaging in any sporty activity. Not only will your sweat have a similar effect to seawater, but wearing jewellery during contact sports can be dangerous. To be safe, leave everything behind in the locker room before working up a sweat.