Advice on how to care for your jewellery. Simple tips for cleaning at home and how to avoid damaging your favourite pieces.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER!
As the song says and we aint arguing with Shirley. However precious metals, gemstones and even diamonds can be damaged or lose a little of their vibrancy through wear.
By following the simple steps set out below you will be able to protect your jewellery and breathe new life into an old treasured piece.
Tips for caring for your jewellery
Remove all jewellery especially rings before taking part in physical activity be it sport, gardening or manual jobs. This avoids any unnecessary damage and surfaces scratches
Also remove jewellery before household chores to avoid contact with cleaning products that contain bleach or other harsh chemicals which can discolour metals and some stones such as emeralds. For the same reason always take jewellery off before swimming.
Cosmetics and perfumes can also react with jewellery causing the metals surface to discolour or tarnish. We advise applying beauty products before you put your jewellery on
Store your jewels in a jewellery box with separate compartments for each piece to avoid scratches and chains becoming tangled..
A good tip is to store silver jewellery in air tight zip lock plastic bags, exposure to air can cause silver to tarnish
Once in a while use a specialist jewellery polishing cloth which is impregnated with a polishing compound. A rub with a jewellery polishing cloth will remove light tarnishing.
You can clean most jewellery in warm water with a soft toothbrush and gentle soap. Pay special attention to the backs of stone settings where everyday dirt can collect dulling the sparkle/lustre of gems.
When cleaning your jewellery take a little extra time to check over any stone settings, links and catches for wear and tear. Identifying worn areas early may prevent more serious damage or even loss further down the line.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and believe in making jewellery that stands the test of time but every now and then your Daniel Darby Jewellery may need some extra TLC. So we provide a repairs and reconditioning service (only available for DDJ items). More information is available on our jewellery repairs page.