April 16, 2006

Care of your jewellery

Jewellery and ornaments are our precious and lifelong assets. It is the responsibility of the owners to care for them and cherish them in the manner they deserve. Two things are essential-jewels should be kept clean and regularly examined by a jeweller to check settings, clasps, threading, and so on. And they should be properly housed. Some useful tips-

* Avoid giving gold jewellery for professional polishing. Instead make a solution of 2 teaspoonfuls of detergent powder and half a cup of warm water. Soak the ornaments in this for a while and then clean them with a soft brush. You may also boil them the ornaments with a pinch of turmeric and a blue detergent powder in a steel vessel, before cleaning them with a soft toothbrush.



* Pearls need special care. Always keep pearl strings in separate satin-lined box or wrapped in cotton wool. Guard them against moisture, including perspiration, as it makes them lose their luster. Have them restrung once a year or whenever they are loose on the string. To keep the pearls bright, rub them gently and frequently with a piece of clean, soft chamois leather, taking care to rub in between individual pearls. This will remove the film of invisible dust and grime. Never use water to clean pearls.

* Silver ornaments can be cleaned in a soapy solution of soap nut (reetha) powder and warm water. Silver jewellery can also be boiled with potatoes to get back their shine.

* For diamond jewellery, you can make a solution in water with 1 teaspoonful of detergent powder and 1 teaspoonful of soda-bicarbonate (cooking soda). Churn up a foam and wash your diamond jewellery very carefully in it.

* To preserve the shine of costume jewellery, put a coat of transparent nail varnish on them after you buy them. They will remain as new.

A few things about storing your precious jewellery:
Never keep the various pieces jumbled up in a box. It is better to store them separately in different boxes meant for the purpose.
* Gold chains should be kept in a long satin-lined jewellery box, while bangles should be kept in boxes designed for them, so that they don’t lose their shape.

* Keep small earrings and tops in one box and the larger ones (jhumkas) in another.

* Stone-studded ornaments should be kept very carefully, as rough handling may loosen the stones. Obviously, diamond pieces need to be kept apart form other jewels, and from each other. Diamonds, being the hardest known substance, will scratch each the surface of other gems as well as of other diamonds.

* Pearls should never be mixed with other gem-set jewellery as their surface is easily scratched and damaged.

* If several of your gold chains become entangled, sprinkle talcum powder on them- it will be easier to separate them.

* Costume jewellery and “gold plated” jewellery should be kept away from moisture. Do not wear them during monsoons or when you may perspire a lot. Store them in air-tight container and always remove them before you have a bath or a wash.

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34 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:26 AM

    A very nice article. presentation is excellent.

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  2. Sandhya8:34 AM

    Wow! Its so nice to see an article on jewelery.

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  3. Sahana12:14 PM

    Soak the pearls in water for a few minutes. After you take them out if the paint is chipped they are fake.

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  4. Nagaraj8:40 AM

    For quick fix, dip in rubbing alcohol. Rinse and then dry.
    The best way of storing gold jewelry is by wrapping them individually to avoid scratches.
    To maintain the luster, it should be taken off before shower or housework.
    Soap makes it dull. Chlorinated water eats up the metal, so avoid wearing them in chlorinated water.

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  5. Satish10:12 AM

    One of the best ways to clean silver is to lay a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a porcelain sink or enamel container. Lay your tarnished silver in a single layer over the foil. Sprinkle with one cup of baking soda and pour boiling water over everything to cover. Let it sit for one hour or so, then rinse and wipe dry.

    If there is still some tarnish on the silver just rub some white toothpaste into it. Rub into the tarnish until the tarnish is removed. Rinse and wipe dry.

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  6. Chaitra6:37 AM

    For silver pieces without raised patterns or cemented-on handles: place the silver on aluminum foil in an enamel pot. Add boiling water and 4 tbsp. baking soda. Let stand, rinse and dry

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  7. Raghavendra6:46 AM

    The jewelry department at any department store has jewelry cleaner, or take it to an optical shop that has an ultrasound machine, that's what jewelry's us

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  8. Venkatesh9:23 AM

    Dispose of any jewelery cleaner after 3 months. A home solution of one part mild detergent, one part household ammonia, and three parts water is also effective for many jewelery cleaning needs. Dry the jewelery with a lint-free towel. This method of cleaning is especially desirable for alexandrite, amethyst, andalusite, aquamarine, citrine, diamond, garnet, iolite, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, spinel, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, and zircon

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  9. Achala9:29 AM

    A mild soap and water solution used with a soft brush is effective for many home jewelery care needs. Even the mild chemicals of commercial jewelery cleaning products may damage certain gems. Although soap and water is the best choice for most gems and jewelery, do not use soap and water with amber, coral, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis lazuli, opal, or turquoise.

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  10. Anonymous9:32 AM

    wow SHE IS beautiful!!

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  11. Swarna10:43 AM

    taking care of your jewelry
    that very much depends on the type of jewelry we are talking about. Plain solid metal pieces need the lowest maintenance, but delicate or costume pieces require you to be more careful.

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  12. Anonymous9:32 AM

    The value of the pearls in jewelery is determined by a combination of parameters like the luster, color, size, lack of surface flaw and symmetry. According to jewelers, the most important differentiators is the luster.

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  13. Jagesh9:05 AM

    Cleaning old old jewelry?

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  14. Club soda works wonders.
    Leave in a jar full of club soda for 24 hours.

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  15. Shobha9:07 AM

    toothpaste.
    get an old toothbrush, or use your fingers && then just like rub the toothpaste all over it && run it under a lil water. it will take a lil while but it will come clean && shiny.

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  16. Nandeesh9:13 AM

    24 karat gold is not 100% pure--it is 99 to 99.9% pure depending on the laws of the country of origin. You won't find white gold above 18 karat for just the reason you list.
    24 karat gold is generally not the best choice for jewelry because of its softness, but you will find some examples. Most fine piece of jewelry are 18k.

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  17. unknown9:14 AM

    My yellow gold jewelry were stained by my white gold jewelry. What is the cause?

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  18. Smitha9:15 AM

    The stain has nothing to do with mixing your white gold jewelry with your yellow gold jewelry. If your ring has anything that can be soldered on like prongs or a ‘peg head’ or it was resized then the soldering sometimes shows through the yellow gold. In other words, where you see stains would be remnants of solder. A jeweler should be able to melt the solder off. Take it to be reviewed by a reputable jeweler and get a second opinion.

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  19. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Skillfully selected costume jewelry can rejuvenate a woman’s wardrobe, can add to her personality and bring a dash of panache for all occasions.
    Imitation jewelry is no longer looked down upon.
    You might go for oxidized silver, stainless steel, resin, titanium jewelry adorned with glass beads, garnet, jade, onyx, amethyst, aquamarine, topaz, opal and similar semiprecious stones (called gemstones). They can be colorless or can come in several colors. They would look no less than original stones. Hope you would find out the best shop for them in your locality. You might design them yourself if you nurture creative instincts.

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  20. How could I clean my gold jewelry?

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  21. Karuna9:11 AM

    take an old toothbrush(which u dont use anymore)
    first wash the gold with clean plain warm water and then take a soap solution.....rub as much a su can with the brush...neatly.....dipping it in soap water.....every time....and ur jewelry will....be glittering soon ones again!!!

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  22. Dhanya9:13 AM

    Hi, you can put your gold jewelery in small cup. Pour water and little washing powder and soak till it frotate. Keep it for one whole day and the next day you should clean it with plain water and see the results. It will be brightful and shining compared to older one. Never use any chemical products its loss for you because it is a gold jeweler.

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  23. Boil a little water and add soap nut (Reeta, Boondi kottai what so ever u call it)to it. Now allow the water to cool down. Then you can soak the gold jewels in this water and clean them with an old tooth brush.

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  24. Kaveri10:03 AM

    You can take some gram flour and make a thick paste by mixing it with some water. dip your ornaments in this paste and keep it for 15-20 minutes. Take a tooth brush preferably with soft bristles. Clean it the way you clean your teeth and wash it with plainn water. Its the most gentlest way to clean gold ornaments. Usage of soap or toothpaste will weaken the sparkle of the ornaments in long run.

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  25. Suggest me some household remedy for cleaning old gold ornaments?

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  26. Most gold jewellery can be cleaned in warm soapy water, and can be gently brushed if necessary using an old tooth brush.

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  27. try lemon juice. it cleans brass, silver and copper. take a little container of lemon juice and soak it and then use an old toothbrush with soap and lemon brush the pieces. then wash in cold water and dry. you can try it several times until it gets clean.

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  28. Deepika9:37 AM

    “Jewelry makes people happy, and I get the pleasure of knowing the gems I choose and the metals I shape are going to be gazed upon for years. My favorite pieces of jewelry were given to me by loved ones, or pieces I found and HAD TO have. I’m happy to be a little part of someone else’s memory.”

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  29. Rajashri9:39 AM

    I am a huge fan of decorating myself with bright, bold colors, and jewelry is no exception. Madelynn’s jewelry is beautiful, and she uses conflict-free diamonds and recycled metals, to boot. The brightly colored gems she chooses have actually influenced my makeup choices! My personal favorites are anything with London Blue Topaz – what a gorgeous gem

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  30. Sushmitha4:45 PM

    Lotions, powders, soaps and natural skin oils can cause deposits that dull the surface of a diamond or gem stone. Regular cleaning to remove such deposits from ordinary wear will help ensure your diamond or gem remains sparkling. One of the safest methods to clean jewelery at home is with a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water.

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  31. Varsha4:52 PM

    Care must be taken to not scratch the jewellery when cleaning. Then, rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth.

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  32. Lakshman9:33 AM

    Boil your gold jewelry in water if you need to get oil, grease, or wax off it. Oil, grease, and wax will float to the top of the water. So long as the ornament is submerged in water no harm will come to it or any stones.

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  33. Prashant9:33 AM

    You can also apply the toothpaste to a cloth and hand polish your jewelry. Rinse in clean water. Use this method for gold items that you often wear.

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  34. Anirudha9:19 AM

    To clean jewelry, use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, apply the mixture the piece, allow to sit for a couple of minutes, rinse off and then polish with a soft cloth.

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