How to Care for Plated Jewellery
General Care Instructions
Since the precious metal layer is very thin, friction between your skin and the plated jewellery can slowly rub off the plating. Also, exposure to water, sweat, soap, perfume and other chemicals can cause the plating to fade. To take care of plated jewellery, you should:
Avoid getting the jewellery wet with water, soap, perfume, lotion and other chemicals. If the jewellery does get wet, wipe it immediately with a soft cloth.
Avoid getting the jewellery wet with your sweat. Remove the jewellery when you are going to engage in some strenuous physical activity.
Remove the plated jewellery when you sleep at night to reduce contact with bare skin.
Store the jewellery in a dry place. Also, it is best to store the plated jewellery separate from other plated jewellery (either you keep them in individual pouches or separate them in the jewellery box). Do not store or keep several plated jewellery in a single bin. Several plated jewellery in a single bin will rub or scratch against each other and will cause the plating to fade faster.
How to care for Gold and Diamonds
Mix a small amount of mild dish detergent with warm water in a bowl. Put the jewellery into the bowl and let sit for a few minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the jewellery. Remove item from soapy water, rinse it and dry thoroughly with a soft polishing cloth.
You can also use a polishing cloth for extra shine and to remove any tarnish.
You can also bring your diamond rings to a reputable jeweller and ask if they can put your piece in their ultrasonic cleanser.
How to care for Silver
Silver tarnishes quite quickly when it comes into contact with oxygen or sulphur. The best measure to prevent this is wearing your silver jewellery often. The oils in your skin help prevent tarnish.
When storing your silver jewellery, use an airtight plastic bag and if you can, put in a piece of chalk or a silica gel
If your silver is tarnished the best way to clean it is with a jewellery polishing cloth.
There are also many viable home remedies for cleaning silver online. Just remember that silver is very soft so use something like a very soft toothbrush to avoid scratching.
How to care for Opals
Opals are relatively delicate stones, which require some special care to keep them good. Opals are fairly soft (they are a 5.5 - 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, while diamonds are a 10). They are also high in water content and porous, which causes them to be very sensitive to changes in climate, temperature, and humidity.
The best way to care for your opals is with some mindful preventative measures. Don't wear your opal jewellery in extreme temperatures, during physical activities, and also, avoid contact with soap, water, and household cleaners. Set your opals down gently when you remove them.
How to care for Pearls
Pearls need proper care to last many lifetimes. Pearl experts say: put them on last and take them off first. Pearls are more vulnerable to the chemicals found in cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume. And pearls do not like chlorine - neither in swimming pools or even regular showers. Do all your primping before you put your pearls on.
Pearls should only be cleaned with a soft cloth moistened with water.