QUICK LINKS: 1. Wearing Jewellery with Swimming or Showering | 2. Not Storing Jewellery Properly | 3. Cleaning Jewellery with Harsh Chemicals | 4. Exposing Jewellery to Extreme Temperatures | 5. Wearing Jewellery During Physical Activity | 6. Failing to Get Jewellery Checked & Maintained Regularly | 7. Ignoring Signs of Damage or Wear & Tear |
Jewellery is often a valuable and sentimental possession that we cherish and want to last a lifetime. However, to ensure that our gold and diamond jewellery pieces stay in pristine condition, we need to take proper care of them. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the common mistakes people make that can damage their jewellery and how to avoid them.
1. Wearing jewellery while swimming or showering
Water can damage jewellery by causing corrosion and tarnishing. Exposure to chlorine and saltwater can also cause irreversible damage to gold and diamond jewellery. It’s best to remove jewellery before swimming, showering, or washing dishes to prevent damage and extend the life of your jewellery.
2. Not storing jewellery properly
Proper storage of jewellery can prevent scratches, tangles, and other damage. Avoid storing your jewellery in a damp or humid environment, and keep it away from direct sunlight. Use soft cloth pouches or a jewellery box with separate compartments to keep your pieces organised and protected.
3. Cleaning jewellery with harsh chemicals
Harsh chemicals can cause damage to your jewellery and may strip away protective coatings. Use gentle cleaning methods such as warm water and mild soap, or specialised jewellery cleaning products that are safe for use on gold and diamonds.
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4. Exposing jewellery to extreme temperatures
Exposing jewellery to extreme temperatures can cause damage, warping, and cracking. It’s important to remove your jewellery before exposing it to high temperatures such as prolonged direct sunlight, saunas, or hot tubs. Extreme cold can also cause damage, so it’s best to store your jewellery at an ambient temperature.
5. Wearing jewellery during physical activity
Physical activities such as sports, housework, and gardening can cause damage to your jewellery or result in loss. Remove your jewellery before engaging in such activities to prevent damage or loss. Be sure to store your jewellery in a safe place while you’re active
6. Failing to get jewellery checked and maintained regularly
Regular maintenance and cleaning can prevent damage and wear to your jewellery. Take your jewellery to a professional jeweller for regular maintenance, cleaning, and inspection. They can check for signs of damage and repair any issues before they become worse.
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7. Ignoring signs of damage or wear and tear
When you notice signs of damage or wear and tear on your jewellery, it’s important to take prompt action to prevent further damage. Avoid wearing the damaged jewellery until it has been repaired, and take it to a professional jeweller for repair as soon as possible.
By avoiding these mistakes, you can ensure that your gold and diamond jewellery lasts for many years to come. Proper storage, gentle cleaning methods, regular maintenance, and prompt attention to damage can help preserve your precious pieces.