How to Look After Fine Jewelry

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Keeping your precious jewelry safe and ready for those special occasions is vital at this time of year. The outfit you are wearing and the event you are attending will determine which pieces of your fine jewelry you chose to wear, and looking after them properly is easy when you know how.

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Conditions

Storing your jewelry correctly will keep it looking at its best as well as prevent it from becoming tarnished or discoloured. Jewelry should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Certain stones are more at risk than others – such as opals, which require moisture to prevent cracking.

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Box

There are many jewelry boxes and organizers available in stores and online, but the best ones are those which have a soft fabric lining and which have separate compartments so jewelry can be kept apart.

Storing

Costume jewelry, including silver and gold jewelry, should be kept away from any jewelry which is corroded – and especially anything made of copper. Storing these items together can tarnish jewelry faster and also transfer an unpleasant metallic smell.

Necklace Hooks

Many jewelry storage boxes have hooks for hanging necklaces on. It is important to hang necklaces vertically to prevent kinking and knotting. It is very easy to make your own hanging unit if you don’t have one, and always make sure the necklaces don’t touch the ground and can hang freely.

Diamonds

Diamonds can scratch other materials, so don’t keep them together and keep any individual ring boxes and jewelry pouches which they come in. For example, diamond engagement rings from companies such as https://www.comparethediamond.com/diamond-engagement-rings will last a lifetime if cared for properly.

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Silver

Although silver jewellery is not the most valuable, it is very popular and great for accessorising particular outfits. Always make sure there is air flow and save the silica sachets you get when buying new shoes, as these are a great way to absorb unwanted moisture.

Cleaning

Make sure your jewellery is clean and ready for wearing before you store it so you are ready for any last-minute invites!

Security

Finally, remember to keep your jewellery hidden and in a secure place in your home.