How to preserve your precious jewels?
Our tips for ensuring a long life for your jewellery.
The care of a piece of jewellery is a very important step to preserve its brilliance for many years. Whether they are made of gold, precious stones, fine stones or pearls, jewellery tends to tarnish over time. This is not a sign of poor quality, but simply of daily wear and tear.
Discover the few simple steps and precautions you can take at home to preserve the beauty of your jewellery.
What are the right reflexes regarding precious jewels?
In order not to alter the quality of your jewellery when you wear it, we recommend that you avoid shocks, contact with perfumes and immersion in water. Therefore, do not wear them when swimming or doing sports. Also, take the time to remove them and put them away before falling into the arms of Morpheus. Rings, in particular, require extra care. We advise you to remove them when washing your hands or doing manual activities.
How to store your precious jewels?
Each piece of unworn jewellery should be stored separately to avoid friction between the stones and metals.
How to preserve a gold frame?
Your gold jewellery can be cleaned with soapy water. When tarnished or scratched, gold frames can be repolished, which will restore their original shine.
To do this, gently scrub them with a soft brush dipped in soapy water. Rinse and dry carefully with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Another tip is to soak your gold jewellery for a few minutes in warm water with a little baking soda. Again, always finish cleaning your gold jewellery by polishing it with a soft cloth.
Please note that white gold jewellery is immersed in a rhodium bath during manufacture. This is what gives it its shimmering white appearance. With wear and tear, the rhodium layer tends to fade. To maintain a brilliant colour, it is recommended to have a rhodium plating done every two years by a jeweller.
How to maintain a diamond?
Although, thanks to its high hardness, a diamond can only be scratched by another diamond, it is important to be particularly vigilant as it remains a delicate stone. It is therefore important to avoid shocks and rubbing.
A diamond can be cleaned with water mixed with a degreasing agent and a soft toothbrush, then rinsed with hot water and gently wiped with a lint-free cloth.
It is advisable to keep your diamond jewellery in a separate case from other jewellery set with precious stones, such as rubies, sapphires or emeralds, as the diamond may scratch them.
We recommend that you have your jeweller check the diamond once every two years and always if you have any doubts about its condition.
How to clean your precious and fine stones?
The diamond care process can be used to clean jewellery set with precious stones and other gems. Be careful, however, as not all gems are equally hard.
Diamond is the hardest, followed by sapphire and ruby. Emerald, however, is a particularly fragile stone.
It should be treated with special care, avoiding contact with chemicals and prolonged exposure to sunlight, heat and thermal shock.
How to maintain a pearl?
Although pearls are relatively resistant to shocks, they require special care as their porous surface is more sensitive. They can be scratched when brought into contact with other metals or stones. Their shine can be affected by everyday products such as perfume or hair care products.
It is recommended to clean the pearl frequently by wiping it gently with a soft cloth and to store it in its individual case.
Cultured pearls are living organisms that regenerate naturally in contact with air. If kept in a case for many years, the pearl will suffer from dryness and lose its shimmering luster. To keep its shine, a pearl should be worn regularly and, unlike other jewellery, they retain their beauty in slightly damp places.