Jewelery care by Jurga Lago: are you doing everything right?

Like any other item, jewelry will be beautiful as long as we not only decorate it, but also protect it, constantly maintain it – it certainly does not require much time, large investments or effort.

Today, before buying another item in an accessory box, it is fashionable to think about whether we will really decorate ourselves with it, as well as to make sure it is of high quality.

“We have heard many times that one good, fashionable and time-resistant and high-quality item will not require special care, but will last for many years.

This is how jewelry differs from bijouterie – it is of higher quality not only “morally”, but also in terms of materials and performance, ” – jeweler Jurga Lago thinks.

The most important thing is the materials from which the jewelry is made. Not only their composition, but also the mass of materials – very thin, light and the “saved” object will always be more vulnerable – it will be more easily deformed, cracked and worn. That is where we should start.

Silver tends to blacken – that’s its character. Jewelers often deliberately blacken silver surfaces, or reflect on the design of an item so that it also looks beautiful when blackened. So – when choosing silver jewelry, you need to know that they will shine as much as you wear them, decorate them. If the silver product lies back in the drawer for a long time, it will turn black and this is natural. Silver also reacts to the environment – in summer, by the sea, the products seem to turn black instantly and this is also a natural property of silver.

A piece of natural wool or cotton is perfect for polishing the silver surface, and jewelry stores sell special impregnated cloths or liquid to remove the stronger oxide. There are also gold “glossy” liquids and cloths.
A polished surface of any metal will always be more sensitive than a textured one. Especially silver because it is softer than gold or platinum. Cleaning should be done carefully and gently.

In order to preserve jewelry on undamaged surfaces, contact with chemicals, cosmetics, perfumery should be avoided. Do not clean jewelry with toothpaste. Avoid chemicals. They are especially “afraid” of products decorated with materials of organic origin – pearls, mother-of-pearl, and amber, wood.

Pearls tend to dry out over time, losing their luster: they do not “like” direct sunlight in the same way that they do not “exhale” in a sealed plastic bag. When cleaning them, you should choose a soft cloth of velvet, wash with filtered water without chlorine, or buy a special liquid. Choose only pearl necklaces in which the pearls are separated by knots and thus do not scratch each other’s enamel.
Diamonds are durable and very hard stones. Care may not be needed for a lifetime, but keeping it is so. Diamonds are not lovers of “chemistry” or drawing either – to renew jewelry with diamonds is best to entrust a professional, and at home sometimes cleaned with a solution of ammonia and filtered water in a ratio of 1: 6.

Remove jewelry (especially heavier ones) at the gym or while doing housework – this way you will avoid scratching surfaces, pressing, bumps, and loss of jewelry in the “sink”.
It is best to “place” your jewelry box away from moisture, so do not store jewelry and accessories in the bathroom. It would be good to take off your jewelry and go to the pool while swimming in the sea. Chlorine can damage gold jewelry, and silver jewelry will always react to salt and iodized seawater. Temperature fluctuations: heat – cold damages metals, and especially sensitive stones – large temperature fluctuations can deform the jewelry, or affect the “exit” of stones from the plantation.

Carry a small cloth for cleaning jewelry in your handbag – it is similar to cleaning glasses. Gentle cotton removes dirt, polishes jewelry. Some wipes cover the surface with a protective layer, but no cleaning will remove scratches.

We recommend bringing jewelry every few years to the jeweler for renewal. Only professional tools and instruments can clean cream, skin, perfume residues, professionally polish, polish, oxidize or cover polished surfaces with a protective layer of rhodium.
The jewelry storage boxes are adapted for earrings, rings and bracelets. Necklaces often do not fit there, or deform. It is best to give them a dressing table drawer and keep it lying down, not folded. So are chains.

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