5 ways to keep your jewels pretty

Don’t let mon­soon get the bet­ter of that state­ment neck­lace or soli­taire ring that you love to flaunt

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - AB­HI­NAV VERMA ( WITH IN­PUTS BY PRITESH GOYAL, JEW­ELLER)

We all love our ex­quis­ite pieces of jew­ellery, be it the dainty sil­ver body­chains or the at­ten­tion-grab­bing kun­dan sets. Once you splurge on such adorn­ments, it is ob­vi­ous you want to keep flaunt­ing them for­ever. Hence, our jew­ellery re­quires up­keep through the sea­sons, es­pe­cially dur­ing mon­soon. Here are a few tips to pro­tect your jew­ellery from los­ing their lus­tre.

1 It goes with­out say­ing that one should not wear jew­ellery in the rain. Your pre­cious pieces are prone to be­ing tar­nished in the rain. If your jew­ellery does get wet, then dry them thor­oughly be­fore you put them back in the case.

2 Rather than go­ing for gold and plat­inum jew­ellery, go for sil­ver be­cause gold and plat­inum are more prone to cor­ro­sion and early loss of lus­tre.

3 Your pearl and coral jew­ellery re­quires spe­cial care. And in this sea­son they need to be pro­tected from ero­sion. So, keep them safe by en­velop­ing them in plas­tic wrap­pers to avoid pos­si­ble fric­tion with other pieces, or keep them in a dif­fer­ent box.

4 Mois­ture damp­ens the look of your baubles, so al­ways keep a sil­ica pad in your jew­ellery boxes. It pro­tects your pre­cious stones by ab­sorb­ing the mois­ture. You can also opt for air-tight plas­tic bags or boxes to store your jew­ellery. This gives the me­tal al­loys in your jew­ellery less oxy­gen to re­act to and keeps their shine in­tact.

5 Pro­tect your jewels by reg­u­lar cleans­ing. It is es­sen­tial for good main­te­nance. Clean your di­a­monds and other stones with mild soapy wa­ter or by us­ing a jew­ellery clean­ing so­lu­tion. But re­frain from us­ing clean­ing so­lu­tion for pearls and corals. To make your sil­ver pieces shine, you can rub white tooth­paste on them and clean them off with a soft cloth.

PHOTO: IM­AGES BAZAAR

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