Monday, 23 January 2017

Take Care: Jewellery

ATTENTION!!!

To
All the jewellery lovers,

With due respect and humble submission, I Anamika Chattopadhyaya, today would like to talk about how we can keep our precious ornaments neat, clean and bright forever, without burning a hole in our pocket!


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Jewellery Care// Life Hack


He he :D Sorry for this formal AKA weird introduction! We women always like to wear traditional as well as trendy jewellery pieces during festivals/occasions. But afterwards, we forget to take proper care and store them just in their respective pouches or boxes. As a result, the jewellery pieces start to lose their charm and shine eventually, they look dull and rusty. To regain that glow and beauty of your precious ornaments, follow these below mentioned simple tips. 


Golden Love:

Our eternal love for gold jewellery knows no bounds hence we never get tired of stocking gold ornaments. Usually, when gold jewels which have been worn regularly for a long time, a layer of lotions, soapy foams or dirt is formed around the jewellery pieces. As a result, the lustre gets lost and they become dull, tarnished!


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Gold Jewellery

 To bring back that shine -
  • Take a bowl, pour a cup of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda and mix few drops of dish wash solution in it. Now, place the gold jewellery in a sieve and soak into the solution for five minutes. With the help of a toothpick/eyebrow brush start cleaning the pieces. Be cautious while cleaning the stones which are engraved in the ornaments, use a soft cloth instead of a brush here. Now rinse them well with clean water and wipe with a soft cloth
  • Another easy option is to soak the gold jewellery into a small bowl full of warm water mixed with few drops of dish washing liquid. After 5-6 minutes, clean them with a soft cloth/ brush keeping the intricate designs in mind. Rinse them again in warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth
  • You can soak your gold ornaments in salt water also. Just take a bowl, pour a cup of warm water and add 1 tbsp of table salt, soak the jewellery pieces into this solution for some time. After 5 minutes, with the help of a toothpick/brush/ear bud remove all the dirt and clean the pieces
  • Do you know, toothpaste can also help you to clean your jewellery pieces? Yes, just take a dollop of paste into a toothbrush and start brushing the jewels gently. In this way, all the dirt will go away and the shine will be back.
NB: Never clean any gold jewellery with tissue paper as the fibre will scratch the gold. And if the jewellery piece contains other gemstones studded in it, do not dip into the hot water rather run under tepid water for few seconds only. Store gold items wrapped in an anti-tarnish tissue or an air-tight container.

Silver Crush:

Don’t you agree, silver holds a special place in our hearts? Stylish silver junk jewellery is in vogue these days and suits every outfit be it ethnic or western-wear. But regular usage or because of negligence, silver jewellery pieces become easily tarnished.  All it needs a little bit care and your silver piece will sparkle like stars again.

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Sterling Silver

  • To prevent the tarnishing, place anti-tarnish strips into the jewellery container so that it absorbs the oxidants that discolour and tarnish the silver jewellery
  • An innovative way to clean your silver piece would be to use ketchup.  Just dip the jewellery pieces into a small bowl of ketchup and after one minute, clean them with an ear bud. Rinse with water and wipe with a soft cloth
  • Make a paste of baking powder (3 tsp) and water (1 tsp) and apply with a damp sponge into the silver jewellery pieces. This mixture will help in removing the build-up from the silver ornaments. Do not try this method if it is studded with any gemstones!
  • Never keep silver jewellery open, store them tightly packed in a zippered plastic bag
  • If any silver jewellery is solid & doesn’t contain any other gemstones or pearl, then wipe off with a cloth soaked in beer or vodka. Gently rub over the pieces and remove the dirt & grimes from the jewels
  • You can simply wash silver ornaments in a bowl filled with warm water and few drops of dish wash liquid. Soak for a few minutes and rinse afterwards with normal cold water. To reach the crevices, use cotton ear buds. Pat dry the jewellery and see the difference!

Pearl Fantasy:

They say Pearls are amazing gifts from the sea hence are delicate and charming. They need proper care otherwise will lose the glow. I have seen my mom washing her pearl ornaments in a mixture of warm water and shampoo always. She used to clean pearls one by one slowly with a clean cotton ear bud followed by wiping off with a soft cloth. 


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Lovely Pearls
  • Always wear pearl jewellery after your makeup and dressing are done. Similarly, take them off first when you get home. Try to wear pearls as much as possible, the more they are worn, the more they will shine!
  • Never use any bleaching agents, harsh chemicals, baking soda or ammonia, vinegar to cleanse the pearls. These can damage pearls easily
  • To maintain pearl's glossiness, use a drop of olive oil into the cleaning cloth and wipe the pearls.
  • It is advisable to soak pearls in tepid water for few minutes and then dry them with a cotton cloth. You can mix natural gentle soap but not detergents! Skin’s natural oil plays a vital role to bring the glow of the pearl and that’s why try to wear pearls after rinsing them off. But remember, never wear pearls during work-out!
  • Do not store them in any plastic bag, keep them wrapped in a soft cloth or specific pouch. Never spray perfume on pearls as it can damage the jewellery.


Dazzling Diamonds:

Diamonds need no introduction; they are and will remain woman’s best friend forever! But just like other jewellery, they also tend to lose their charm and glow, if not taken specific care. 


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Dazzling Diamonds
  • Household cleaners, chlorine bleach and toothpaste should never be used for cleaning diamonds 
  • Always clean diamond jewellery in a solution of warm water and few drops of mild dish wash liquid. Soak for few minutes and then clean with a soft toothbrush gently to remove the grimes. Wipe with a soft cloth before storing them. Clean diamond jewellery regularly to maintain the glow.

The other precious gemstones like Platinum, Emerald, Ruby, Ivory they all require specific care. To restore their shine and sparkling charm- 
  • It is always suggested to use Jewellery Polishing cloths that are available in the market, for better results.
  • Professional Jewellery cleaning is great but at home safest bet is to try warm water solution with mild soap (No detergents).
  • Keep your precious jewellery away from direct heat and light to avoid damages. If you stained jewellery accidentally, wash them immediately with lukewarm water.
  • Store them in their specific jewellery boxes or in pouches that are soft and safe.
  • Be wise while buying jewellery cleaner from the market. If the right cleaner is not used, it can damage the jewellery. You can also opt for a metal polish to bring back the shine!
  • Avoid wearing jewellery while swimming or spa as chemicals may damage the ornaments.
Unique Ivory

Take Care: Jewellery
Royal Platinum

Take Care: Jewellery
Precious Emerald

(Picture Courtesy: Google and  blog Natural Beauty And Makeup)

It is true that if treated carefully, these precious charms last a lifetime thus we and our future generation would be able to cherish them forever. I shared whatever knowledge I have gathered all these years regarding jewellery cleaning in this post.

Hope you find this article helpful.

See you soon.




















19 comments:

  1. Very informative post Ana ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š and the formal introduction๐Ÿ˜›

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  2. wow
    ..Ana...great info..I never knew this..๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. such a great informative post anamika :)
    xoxo

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  4. Those are really nice tips! :)
    Besides, that intro was surely funny, like a speech :D :D Enjoyed reading the post :) :)

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    1. He he :D Thanks Bhawna, glad you enjoyed :) :)

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  5. I'll bookmark this post ... great post (y)

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  6. Awesome post Anamika. Ketchup to clean to silver jewellery. Thats something interesting ;)

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  7. Such a great information.Thanks for sharing.
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  8. Great post Ana! I never knew how to properly clean my jewelry! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. loved the post Ana...I use toothpaste for cleaning both gold and silver jewellery...the silver jewellery looks new when washed with toothpaste(all the blackness gone ) :)

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    1. Toothpaste! Woww :) Thanks ya for sharing your tip <3

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  10. Loved the post Ana. Bookmarked it. And that introduction haha you nailed it <3

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