The secret to owning a piece of jewelry for a very long time lies in how you take care of it. If you want to bequeath your jewelry, make sure you take good care of it.
- Heat and light can affect gemstones – The sun can also be damaging to jewelries mounted with gemstones. It can fade and weaken the durability and color of gems such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz, and pink conch-shell cameos.
- Sudden temperature changes also affect gems – Make sure you don’t expose your jewelry to sudden temperature changes. For example, pearls can dry out, crack and discolor when under temperature change.
- Chemicals can damage metals – Protect your gold, silver and platinum jewelries from chemicals. Fine jewelry should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool, or before using household cleaners.
- Clean your jewelries the proper way – The recommended method of cleaning your jewelry is washing it with warm water, mild soap (no detergents), and a soft brush. A pulsed-water dental cleaning appliance and a soft, lint-free cloth can also be used.