“Mastering the Art of Keeping Jewelry Sparkling”

The main function of jewelry is to enhance the beauty of the wearer. However, not everyone knows how to keep these items sparkling.

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The best way to preserve jewelry and luxurious accessories is to avoid excessive exposure to environmental factors and absolutely no contact with cosmetics and chemicals.
 
Therefore, remove jewelry when doing housework, playing sports, swimming, and even when sleeping to avoid scratching or breaking. In addition, depending on the material, each jewelry has different cleaning and preservation methods to keep them bright and durable.

1. Gold jewelry
 
Many people believe that “real gold does not fear fire” so they don’t pay attention to preserving gold jewelry. However, real gold can still become dull due to chemicals and environmental impacts… Therefore, to keep gold jewelry always shiny, you should gently brush them with a toothbrush dipped in diluted soap or toothpaste once a week.


Real gold can still become dull due to chemicals and environmental impacts

You can also mix a few drops of dishwashing liquid into a small bowl of hot water. Soak the jewelry for 10-15 minutes, gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, then dry and polish with a soft cloth.
 
If gold is scratched and loses its shine due to impact, it is advisable to take it to a jewelry store for machine polishing.
 
2. Silver jewelry
 
Silver jewelry tends to darken quite quickly due to its property of absorbing sweat. However, you can easily remove this tarnish by soaking silver jewelry in a special chemical solution that can be easily found at supermarkets and jewelry stores. After soaking the jewelry in the solution for about 1 minute, you just need to rinse with water and dry.
 
A more cost-effective method is to put them in a pot of diluted vinegar and boil them for 15 minutes. Then, use chopsticks to pick them up, put them in soapy water, brush with a soft brush, rinse with clean water and dry.


When storing silver jewelry, keep them in a dry box, away from light, air, and humidity

You can also use a soft brush to apply toothpaste and gently brush in water until the silver jewelry becomes shiny like new.

3. Diamond and gemstone jewelry
 

These types of jewelry have high hardness and are not easily worn down. However, to maintain their shine, they need to be kept in clean places. You should soak them in warm soapy water for 30 minutes and then rinse with clean water and dry.
 
4. Ruby, sapphire, and pearl jewelry
 
Gems like ruby and sapphire are prone to scratches, so when wearing them, avoid impact or rubbing them against other hard objects. Occasionally, soak the gemstones in warm water with diluted soap, then dry with a soft cloth.
 
As for pearls, there are chemicals that can make them lose their luster. Therefore, you should wear pearls after applying makeup, perfume, or styling your hair.
 
When cleaning pearl jewelry, only gently rinse them with clean water and then dry, do not use a brush to scrub.
 
Additionally, you can dampen a clean, soft cloth with a solution made from 1 part dishwashing liquid and 20 parts warm water, then use this cloth to wipe each pearl. Let them dry overnight.

If not in use, do not casually throw pearl jewelry in a box or drawer or mix them with other gemstones that may scratch the pearl’s surface. The best way is to individually wrap them in soft, smooth fabric and place them in a separate box.
 
Pearl jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets are often strung together with thread or nylon. These threads can easily break over time. Therefore, every year you should bring these pearl jewelry to a jewelry store to have them restrung.
 
5. Plated jewelry
 

For plated jewelry, if it is plated with a layer of platinum or rhodium, it will be less prone to fading. You can use it for 2 weeks to 1 month (the duration depends on each person’s body). To continue using your favorite plated jewelry, you can take them to a jewelry store for replating, at a reasonable cost.

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