You’ve put in quite a lot of time and money in building your jewelry collection, so give it the care it deserves. Jewelry that’s not stored properly can get damaged easily. Whether it’s a gift from a loved one, a valuable heirloom that was passed on to you or something that you bought for yourself, here’s how you can ensure that the piece stays beautiful and sparkling, allowing you to enjoy it for several years to come.
- Clean it after each use
Just like your clothes, jewelry can get dirty too. After wearing a special jewelry piece, make sure that you clean it. Wiping it with a soft cloth will help remove dirt and sweat. You can also wash it using mild soap and water. Before storing, make sure that the jewelry piece is completely dry.
- Choose the right box
The jewelry box that you store jewelry in should have a hard exterior and a soft interior. The tough exterior will protect your jewels against external pressure; while the soft interior lining will prevent scratches and help maintain the luster and shine. A jewelry box with multiple storage compartments will let you store all types of jewelry in one place.
- Store it separately
It is important that you store each piece individually, in its own place. This will eliminate chances of a hard gem scratching a softer gem. Separate storage will ensure that the setting of the gemstone remains tight. Each piece in a pair of earrings should also be stored separately. You can also place individual jewelry pieces in a soft pouch, before storing them in the box. This will provide an extra layer of protection.
- Keep it in a cool, dry place
Jewelry should always be stored in an airtight box, away from direct sunlight. Some gems and metals may change color or become lighter due to exposure to excessive heat. Humidity too, can damage the piece and tarnish the metal.
- Protect it while traveling
While traveling, store each jewelry piece in small cloth pouches and place them all together in a zip-lock bag. You can also invest in a travel case, in case you are a frequent traveler. Keep chains free of tangles by inserting them into a plastic straw. As far as possible, it is advisable to avoid traveling with jewelry that holds deep sentimental value to you.