How to clean and care for antique jewellery



Apr 5 2020     By Asha Parvathy


Antique jewellery pieces are priceless possessions. It is part of our family heirloom which is passed on from generation to generation. Your grandmother or mother may have given it to you during your wedding, but have you given any thought on how you are going to take care of it so that you could hand over it to your child one day. 

 

Over the years the antique pieces could be damaged or will lose its shine due to use. So it is necessary to take special care of the antique ornaments. Unlike your other ornaments, the antique pieces need special care to keep its sheen.

 

Actually, it is said that antique jewellery should be cleaned with the help of professionals. As it is technically decades old jewellery and you may need experts to clean it especially if the jewellery has any kind of damage. Never try to clean a piece of damaged ornament by yourself. Approach a professional jeweller to clean this kind of ornaments.

 

Reasons of damage

A lot of factors could damage the precious jewellery. Moisture (sweat) is one of the main villains. It could damage the jewellery in many ways. The lack of lustre and sometimes damage can be caused by moisture.

 

Using perfume and hair sprays after wearing the jewellery also result in damages. The alcohol and chemical contents present in these products cause the damage. Another mistake that results in damage is placing various types of jewellery in a single box. It will lead to the jewellery developing scratches and the material used in these ornaments will get chipped if stored together. Always make sure that you store ornaments with precious stones separately.

 

How to take care

 

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Gold

Pure gold jewellery is the most vulnerable to scratches. Use lukewarm water and mild soap to clean gold ornaments. An old toothbrush (preferably a baby toothbrush that has soft bristles) could be used to remove dirt. Never use anything stronger than soap solution. It would further damage your ornament. After cleaning wipe it using a soft towel and let it dry for some minutes and make sure that it is dry before locking it in the box.

 

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Pearls

Pearl jewellery should be cleaned using a damp cloth. After use, the pearl jewellery should be wiped using this damp cloth and like in the case of other ornaments make sure that it is dry before you keep it in the box. The perfumes and deodorants you wear could damage the pearls so it is necessary to clean it every time you wear the pearls.

The same procedures apply to coral and turquoise jewellery.

 

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Precious stones

Take a wide bowl of mild soap and normal water solution and place the stone studded jewellery in the bowl and clean it using a makeup brush to remove the dirt. We advise you to use a bowl because what if any of the stones pop out during the cleaning procedure. Take time to clean it never rush as it could damage the stones.

 

Always use light strokes to remove the dirt. Never scrub the antique jewellery pieces it would cause further damage. The warm water could damage the stones so don't use it while cleaning ornaments with precious stones.

 

Make sure that you hold the ornament properly while cleaning otherwise it could result in a broken clasp or bails.

 

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Costume jewellery

They are cheaper but that doesn't mean that they need zero maintenance.  If cleaned and cared properly they could be used for years. Wipe them clean with a soft cloth after each use. The perfumes, sweat and body creams could also damage this kind of jewellery.

 

If you are using these ornaments regularly then clean it every two weeks, others could be cleaned once in a while or after use. Store all the jewellery separately after cleaning.  After all, these antique pieces are to be passed on to the future generations.







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