Well-cared-for jewelry can maintain its original appearance for a long time
There are few things more valuable than your jewelry. And it's not just about the material value of gold, silver, or other metals and gems they may contain. Often, their greatest value is sentimental. A clear example of this is wedding rings.
These feelings, this emotional value, don't deteriorate with time, but all materials require your attention to maintain their original beauty for as long as possible.
Do wedding rings scratch with use?
- Your wedding ring will likely spend more time in direct contact with your skin over the years than anything else. Therefore, it's important to avoid, as much as possible, the aggressions to which it may be subjected. While your skin is continuously regenerating, the ring, on the other hand, is "memorizing" your day-to-day life.
- If you remember the last time you got a small cut on your finger, you'll also remember feeling like you were constantly bumping it during the healing process. Or, if you paint your nails and don't have the patience to wait until they're completely dry, they always end up getting "marked." These are just a couple of examples of how we constantly bump our fingers.
- It's just a matter of being aware of why your ring gets scratched and knowing what to do to restore its "aging," without worrying too much. Just as we go to the doctor when we have a problem, or we go to the hairdresser to restore our hair, the same goes for jewelry. Go to your jeweler periodically so that they can clean, repair, or restore your jewelry. It will cost you less than a hairdressing session, and your jewelry will regain its original splendor. However, if you avoid some aggressions, you will space out your visits more...
- The aggressions we are going to tell you about are caused by small but continuous blows or scratches, as well as by the action of some of the hundreds of chemicals that surround us and that, when they come into contact with jewelry, can damage it. Sometimes we can avoid them:
- The beach: It is not a suitable place to go with jewelry. A fun day of games by the sea can ruin the best finish of the best rings. The sand is nothing but rocks crushed by erosion over thousands of years, and like any rock, it scratches metal. On the other hand, seawater contains a lot of salt, and leaves salt deposits (the white powder that remains on your skin after drying in the sun on the beach) that dull all surfaces.
- Work or sports: We won't tell you not to wear jewelry to work: after all, we wear them to show them off, and we spend too many hours working to give up on them. But there are certain jobs that you could avoid, especially if they are heavy. Carrying, moving, or stacking boxes (of fruit, books, components...) are tasks that will scratch, hit, and aggress the surface of your jewelry. The same is true for sports activities.
- Household chores: Cleaning tasks should not be done with jewelry on. Bleaches, detergents, furniture products, window cleaners, rust removers, etc., are abrasive and can erode and damage your most cherished jewelry. You should always do these tasks with gloves on, simply to protect your hands, and without jewelry. When we cook, on the other hand, we mainly use metallic utensils, glass, or ceramics, and because of their composition, none of them treats jewelry well.
- Sleeping with rings: Many people sleep with their rings on, especially with the wedding ring, which is the ring that suffers the most because we almost never take it off. Sleeping with jewelry entails some risk, especially if they have set stones. The sheets will not harm them, but when you turn over, you can accidentally hit them with the nightstand, or you can sleep on your hand and the ring, subjecting the set stones to pressures higher than normal. It may seem like an exaggeration, but where your rings will sleep better until the next morning is in your jewelry box.
- Perfumes and make-up: Putting on make-up and perfume is part of the same ritual as wearing jewelry: to please ourselves. The problem here is not combining the two things: the problem is the correct order. Put on perfume, hairspray, or makeup first so that putting on jewelry is the last step before leaving home.
- Clear nail polish: It's a tip that circulates on the internet, and it's absolutely crazy. It's about trying to protect your jewelry by varnishing it. As if it were a piece of furniture! It may be valid for protecting cheap jewelry, but never for your jewelry! In general, we shouldn't pay attention to tips that circulate on the internet if we don't know the knowledge of who wrote them and whether what they explain can be applied to all, some, or none of your jewelry. When in doubt, go to your trusted jewelry store. They should be able to advise you with much more security.
How and where to store your jewelry when not in use?
- If you take your jewelry off and put them directly into a container (let's call it a "jewelry box", if you will) where all your necklaces, bracelets, and rings are mixed together, it's not the best way to preserve them. Every time you leave them, they will rub against each other, and when you search for the earring you're missing, or try to remove the pendant, the chain will be tangled, and you'll be pushing one piece of jewelry against another...
- The jewelry box: It's the best place to store your jewelry. It doesn't matter the style or size, as it will depend on the number and size of the pieces you need to store. It's important that it can be closed, that it's cushioned inside (leaving your jewelry in a wooden box is the same as leaving them in a drawer), and that it has compartments to separate and protect one piece of jewelry from another. Each ring should "live" separately. Many jewelry boxes have a section with elongated cuts in the protective lining, so you can fit your rings in. If you don't like having a jewelry box, you can store each piece of jewelry in a separate bag. They can be made of silk or velvet, or even those small bags with a hermetic "zip" closure, which will allow you to see what piece is inside.
How to clean your rings?
- To clean your rings, it's enough to use, from time to time, a soft cloth lightly moistened with water and soap. Don't use paper towels, as cellulose scratches. If it has diamonds, use a brush with fine fibers and liquid soap dissolved in warm water.
In daily life:
- Keep in mind that your ring will change over time. If it had a very soft matte finish, it will be polished with daily use, and if its polished finish was like a mirror, it will lose some of its shine. These signs of wear add a personal touch to the ring and are not considered a defect. However, if you prefer the original finish you chose when you bought the ring, you can have it restored as often as you like.
We hope these indications are useful to you, and you can always wear beautiful jewelry, worthy of what they mean to you.
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