Just in case you’re new to the term; bespoke jewellery refers to custom-made jewellery. It’s the kind of jewellery you read about in books, i.e. made for you.
Naturally, the unique aspect makes it 10x more valuable than commercially available jewellery and definitely worthy of greater care.
On that note, we’ll be sharing some super effective tips here to help you take care of your bespoke jewellery and keep it as sparkling and fresh as new.
Give it a warm wash
If you wear your favourite bespoke jewellery pieces all the time, you may never notice how they eventually lose their shine with time. Scratches and scuffs may be visible, but your eyes will get accustomed to the building effect of grime. Consequently, you won’t be able to tell the difference between day one’s appearance and day 101’s appearance.
Therefore, it’s a good practice to wash your jewellery routinely. Schedule 2 days per month, preferably with a 15 days gap, and give a gentle warm wash to your jewellery .
You will need:
- One cup of slightly warm water
- Castile soap or gentle hand soap bar/liquid (without moisturiser)
- A soft-bristled brush
- A soft piece of cloth to dry
Just place your jewellery in a bowl containing warm soapy water. Use the soft-bristled brush to scrub off grime on the surface and crevices. Then wipe off the water using a dry and soft piece of cloth.
The entire procedure should take no more than five minutes. Make sure it doesn’t take you any longer because if you let the jewellery soak in soapy water, it could prove to be damaging, especially for stones like opal and pearls.
Consider ultrasonic cleaners
Ultrasonic cleaners are small devices that clean jewellery using ultrasonic vibrations. The vibrations reach deep into the jewellery ‘s crevices and deep cleans stones and metal bands. Hence, ultrasonic jewellery cleaners are a much more effective and time-efficient solution when it comes to jewellery care.
All you’ve to do is place your jewellery in the device, fill it with a cleaning solution, and let the machine do the work for 2-10 minutes. After that, switch off the power supply, take out your jewellery , rinse it once with normal water, and dry it.
Note that you cannot wash all types of jewellery in an ultrasonic cleaner. If your jewellery pieces include pearls, amber, coral, or any other soft stone, you should avoid ultrasonic cleaners. Apart from that, avoid washing jewellery with colour-enhanced and clarity-enhanced stones. Diamond and tungsten jewellery should also be kept away from ultrasonic cleaners.
It’s important to keep in mind that an ultrasound cleaner can cost you anywhere between $30 – $100. So, only invest in it if you’ve got extra budget for jewellery care.
Even a bespoke Larsen engagement rings Brisbane can be cleaned and shined to perfection with an ultrasonic cleaner. It will maintain the integrity and shine of your jewellery for longer and give your ring a fresh sparkle.
Use jewellery polishing cloths
Tarnishing is a common phenomenon for most metals, especially sterling silver and low carats of gold. Even if you keep your jewellery super safe, it will get tarnished over time.
We recommend regular cleaning with a dedicated jewellery polishing cloth to tackle this problem. These cloths come infused with non-scratch and non-abrasive material, and protect your jewellery from further damage as you rub and scrub the tarnish.
Try a silver dip
If you’ve got silver jewellery with tarnish, it’s a good idea to try a silver dip. Silver dip basically refers to a jewellery cleaning solution that removes tarnish from metals.
Readily-made silver dips can cost you around $10 – $30 (or even more depending on the quality!). So, try making a silver dip at home. Here’s a video to help you out with the process.
Store it carefully!
Lastly, be careful with how you store your jewellery. Your storage practices have a lot to do with the cleaning and life of your jewellery.
Ideally, you should store your jewellery in air-tight containers where there’s no free-flowing air. It will keep your jewellery dust-free and protected from tarnish. Also, avoid storing it in humid places like the bathroom. It’s also important to avoid using any harsh chemicals that may discolour stones and/or damage the surface on your jewellery.