Rings are very easy to clean: just leave them on when you wash your hands, shower, bathe, or do the dishes and you'll rarely to have to pay them any further attention. Claw set rings may need a little intervention now and then to get their sparkle back: This is easily achieved with a soft toothbrush, a bit of soapy warm water and lots of elbow grease.
- Always fasten chains when removing to minimise tangling
- Always put the backs back on earrings before storage to reduce the risk of losing them
- Never store pearls with other jewellery as it will increase the likelihood of the nacre becoming scratched. If space is at a premium, store in a pouch to protect them
- Store silver with specialist anti-tarnish tabs to cut down on the cleaning required. If you don't have any, use charcoal tablets or silica gel packets (the type you find packed in with handbags and electronic goods).
- If you have a lot of expensive jewellery, invest in a compartmentalised box to store it in, musical ballerina optional
- If you have lots of necklaces, screw cup hooks into a wooden coat hanger and use it to keep them separate.
- Ice cube trays are a great way to keep your earrings sorted
- Check out Pinterest for lots of great storage /display ideas
Protecting Your Jewellery
- Use rubber earring backs to secure your favourite earrings (even your hook ones) and prevent them from loss. An SAE to The Jasper Tree will get you a pair for free!
- Don't spray perfume on skin that will be in contact with silver or pearl jewellery. It can tarnish silver and corrode the nacre of pearls.
- When dressing, either remove claw set rings or turn them around and clench your fist to protect them from snagging. Gold is an incredibly soft metal, the higher the carat the more so, so it is easy to bend or break the claws holding a ring in situ. If you have a missing claw on your ring, get it repaired straight away to prevent the loss of the stone.
- If you have a bracelet or necklace that is valuable to you, get a safety chain fitted.
- If you have lost weight since your favourite ring went on your finger, get it re-sized or buy a clip to hold it securely on your finger. Likewise if you are pregnant or gaining weight, keep an eye on your ring, it will cost you to have it re-sized but some Fire Departments will charge you even more if you have to get it sawed off. For the record, when I worked in a jewellers, we referred a pregnant woman to the fire service on average once every 3 weeks! In the event that you just checked your favourite ring and couldn't get it off, grab yourself some dental floss and check out this video before dialling 911:. Unless of course you have a thing for firefighters ;)