Gems and precious metals are gifts of nature, and although among the most durable of substances, they do need special care.
Even though a gem may be millions of years old, once mined and worn, it is exposed to conditions and chemicals that can damage it.
Listed below are some general rules to make sure your fine jewellery lasts for generations.
- DON’T wear fine jewellery when doing housework or gardening
- DON’T heap your jewellery into one drawer. Remember a diamond ring can scratch a pearl necklace. Keep them separate and, ideally, wrapped in velvet, paper, silk or a plastic bag.
- DON’T overcrowd your jewellery box. Crowding can result in misplaced or lost jewellery if a small piece falls unnoticed from the case. Occasionally, forcing too much jewellery into the box may even bend a fragile piece or chip a delicate stone.
- DON’T use toothpaste as it is abrasive and can damage softer gems and metals.