I’m from Singapore, and our 34 degrees celsius weather here is notorious for being super humid.
As a result, silver jewellery, especially, tarnishes in Singapore much faster than in places with low humidity. I know, not fair. Makeup also melts faster in Singapore, but then, that’s another story altogether.
Even gold and gold-filled jewellery that don’t tarnish can get a bit dull in our weather.
In short, humid weather makes bad things happen to good jewellery.
Here are 4 DON’Ts and 4 DOs to Keep your Jewellery in Tip-top Condition. These are going to save you a lot of time getting ready in the morning, and prevent heartache when your favourite ring loses its shine.
- DON’T get harsh chemicals such as chlorine, hair spray, cosmetics and perfume on your jewellery. But if you do, it’s totally understandable. I usually can’t decide what perfume to wear until I’ve seen my entire outfit, so I end up getting tiny bits of perfume on my necklace and earrings.
- DON’T allow your gems and pearls to come into contact with the soapy water if possible.
- DON’T use toothpaste to clean your silver jewellery. Some website recommend that, but the abrasives agents inside can actually scratch the jewellery. So unless you are thinking of adding some fines lines to your jewellery, don’t use toothpaste to clean them.
DON’T store your jewellery in the bathroom. The high humidity there will cause the jewellery to oxidize faster and tarnish sooner.
- DO wash your jewellery with very mild soap water. A very soft toothbrush can be used to remove more stubborn stains. But you’d rather be more gentle than harsh when scrubbing here. Then, make sure to rinse thoroughly and then dry with a soft cloth. Please avoid using tissues or paper towels on your jewellery. They deserve much better than that. Tissues and paper towels can sometimes cause scratches on jewellery, especially sterling silver ones.
- DO use a professional cleaning agent to Otherwise, I’d recommend using a jewellery cleaner to clean the metal and gems or pearls. You can try the Bling Brush from Baublerella.Cleaning jewellery with the Bling Brush
It brings all your jewellery back to life with a few swipes.
- DO use jewellery cloth or 100% cotton to wipe your jewellery so as to avoid getting scratches on them.
DO ensure that your jewellery is clean and dry before storing them in airtight containers.
Little Ziploc bags from SKP are perfect for this purpose. Then, store them in a drawer where they won’t get kissed by the sun. These may not be the most glam solution, but it works.
These are tips that actually worked for me. Do you have a trick up your sleeve that I missed here? Do share how you keep your jewellery good as new with us in the comments below!