A. Protecting your antique jewellery.
Even when stored, precious jewellery needs special care. Jewellery should be kept in a fabric lined jewel case or a box with compartments or dividers.
If placed in one box, each piece should be wrapped in tissue paper because a diamond can scratch and damage other diamonds.
Though most people wear a ring all a day, however there are occasions when it should be removed:
Do not wear a ring while doing rough work. Even a diamond is durable, it can also be chipped by a very hard blow.
High temperatures can ruin jewellery and care must be taken during soldering.
Organic material like pearls, corals, cameos etc. can be damaged by acids, alcohol (including perfume) and skin creams.
Diamond Jewellery should not come in contact with chlorine bleach because it can pit and discolour the mounting.
A jeweller should check the ring once a year for loose stones and wear of the mounting. He can also clean the ring professionally
B. Cleaning your antique jewellery.
Once you have selected your piece of jewellery it is necessary to take good care in order to make it last a lifetime. Although nature invests millions of years of heat and pressure to crystallise a single diamond it is still imperative to take constant care in order to keep them at their brilliant best. A clean stone not only reflects light better, but actually looks bigger than one that’s been dulled by skin oils and cosmetics. To keep their fire at its brightest set jewellery should be cleaned once a month. Use one of the following methods:
Please note that:
Foiled-back set stones should never be immersed in any liquid.
Organic materials can only be immersed in luke warm water and certainly not alcohol and acids.
In most cases (even for organic materials), you can use one of the following methods, but be on the safe side and check with your expert.
- The Detergent Bath. Prepare a small bowl of warm sudsy water with any of the mild liquid detergents used at home. Brush the pieces with a small soft brush, for instance a toothbrush, while they are in the suds, then rinse under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft lint free cloth.
- The Cold Water Soak : Soak the jewellery in a half and half solution of cold water and household ammonia for 30 minutes. Lift out and gently tap around the front and back of the mounting with a small soft brush. Swish in the solution a second time, rinse and drain on tissue paper.
- The Quick Dip Method : Buy one of the brand name liquid Jewellery cleaning kits now available in the market and follow the instructions.