You bought your jewellery at auction, you inherited them from your grandparents or they have been offered to you ? Whatever it be, we care about our jewellery and as any precious thing, we need to take care of them.
Advice to avoid damaging your jewellery
Avoid doing sport with your jewellery, because in some cases, it can really damage them.
Magali Teisseire, gemologist, takes golf as an example and explains we should pay a particular attention to set stones, as in contact with a metal object like a golf club, "even if the piece of jewellery is perfectly made, there are things we should not do".
Attention to cleaning products : opal, pearl and coral are materials that are very sensitive to chemical products.
Pearls, either natural or cultured, are also fragile. "We must avoid any source of acidity", recommends Magali Teisseire, co-founder of the website Diamantiques.com. Then, we need to avoid perfume and creams when wearing a mother-of-pearl necklace for example.
Keep your jewellery in cases or in small individual fabric bags. A box where several jewellery are in contact is to ban as they would clatter.
How to brighten up your jewellery ?
Even if we love to wear our jewellery everyday, they tarnish quickly : earrings, rings, bracelets or necklaces lose their radiance rapidly.
Bidtween gives you our specialists' tips and tricks to clean them.
How to clean a gold jewel ?
The cleaning of a piece of jewellery depends on the material. You can't clean gold as you clean a gemstone, and vice versa.
Washing-up liquid to brighten up gold jewellery, it is Agnès Bieder's tip, principal clerk at the Crédit Municipal of Paris. With a nailbrush or a toothbrush, gently polish the jewellery with lukewarm water mixed with washing-up liquid, to give it all its radiance back.
How to clean a silver jewel ?
As for gold jewellery, you can use toothpaste to brighten up silver. For this, put a bit of toothpaste on an old toothbrush wet with lukewarm water and gently polish your jewel.
You can use Coca-Cola, but only for metals, (be carfeul, not for gemstones, more fragile and less resistant) : immerse your jewellery in a glass of coke and leave to work before rinsing with lukewarm water and to polish it with a soft rag.
There are also cleaning products made for jewellery that you can find in shops. Whatever the product you use, the aim is often the same. Start by applying the product on your jewellery, polish it gently with an old toothbrush wet with lukewarm water and then polish it with a rag.
How to clean your diamonds ?
For gemstones, it is better to clean them with a microfibre rag soaked with water and a drop of surgical spirit, to rinse and then to dry with a dry and clean rag. Be careful, never use a brush, nor bicarbonate of soda on a gemstone, you would run the risk of scratching the stone.