Choosing a Diamond Shape_Martins of Glasgow

Choosing a Diamond Shape for Jewellery: A Beginners Guide

Whether you’re designing an engagement ring or simply want a beautiful piece of jewellery for yourself, choosing a diamond shape is going to be a part of the process.

The shape is a key part of the design and while some shapes are more modern than others, the shape you choose is mostly dependent on your personal style and preferences.

If you are planning to design a ring for someone else, you might want to get an idea of their shape preferences first. Choosing the shape that you (or your loved one) wants, instead of what’s popular right now, is the first and important step. Colour, size, clarity and price are aspects that will factor in thereafter.

The shape of a diamond is also known as a cut – not to be confused with a rating for diamond cut, which you will find on a grading certificate. A cut in these terms refers to the symmetry and polish.

Understanding Your Diamond Shape Options

Here are the different shapes that you can choose from when designing a ring or piece of jewellery.

Round

This is definitely the most popular diamond shape. Round, brilliant diamonds are well known for their sparkle because of the many individual facets. They’re also popular because they’re so symmetrical and above all else, timeless.

Oval

A popular variation of the round cut, an oval diamond has the same number of facets as a round cut, it’s only the shape that’s different. Many people choose this shape because the elongation tends to maximise the appearance of carat weight. If you or your loved one has smaller hands, an oval shape will lengthen the appearance of your fingers.

Pear

This teardrop-shaped diamond is more modern than its round and oval counterparts. Symmetry and proportions are something to pay attention to when choosing a diamond of this shape. This diamond also has the same number of facets (58) as the round and oval shapes and is ideal for smaller hands.

Marquise

The marquise is similar to the oval shape except, it comes to a dramatic point at each end. This is another shape that tends to maximise the appearance of the diamond’s carat weight. This diamond has the largest surface area – something to keep in mind during the design process.

Princess

This contemporary diamond shape is one of the top five most popular options on the market today. As one of the square-shaped diamonds, the princess cut is most brilliant and can have up to 76 facets, which are arranged to achieve maximum sparkle.

Emerald

An emerald cut is rectangular, but the corners are trimmed. The diamonds long, flat facets look similar to stairs if you look at the stone from above. This unique shape makes it easy to see within the stone, so you want to pay careful attention to clarity and colour when shopping around.

Cushion

When purchasing a cushion cut, you can expect broad facets and rounded corners. This is probably one of the more vintage looking diamonds and because the facets are larger, the diamond produces broad flashes of light instead of the traditional sparkle.

Trillion

If you want something unique, this diamond has a signature triangle shape. When placed in the centre of a ring, the sides of the diamond will be convex with extra facets. If they’re used as side stones, the outer edges are flattened. If you want strong geometrical features, this is the ideal choice.

Radiant

A radiant shape is a combination of a round and emerald cut. Available in a square or rectangular shape, this cut has very distinct corners. This specific shape tends to be cut with a deeper profile to achieve the best possible sparkle.

Heart

While the heart is a sweet and playful shape, it’s normally associated with novelty jewellery. However, many people adore this unique cut. You want to pay attention to brilliance and evenness due to the complexity of the facets.

Asscher

Similar to an emerald cut, an asscher shape is known for its excellent dispersion of light and memorable sparkle. This specific shape can have up to 74 facets but 58 is more common. This is another great pick for those who value a more geometric appearance.

Baguette

Lastly, there’s a baguette shape, which is long and rectangular. With only 14 facets, you want to pay attention to clarity and colour if you want this diamond to look good. This specific diamond shape is most often used as an accent stone.

Knowing there are so many diamond shapes might be overwhelming. However, if you have a good idea of what you or your loved one wants and the assistance of a reputable jeweller, this can be a really enjoyable part of the designed process.

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7 Need-to-Know Watch Investment Tips

The right kind of watch kept in a good condition can end up with a high price tag over time. This is not to say that you should only invest to sell though – owning a unique or vintage watch can be priceless.

If you do want to go the route of investing in a timepiece, it is important to familiarise yourself with brands, models and how the watch valuation process works. Brand is certainly not everything though. Rarity, craftmanship and demand also play a role – discontinued watches are in particular demand.

Most people are familiar with brands such as Rolex and Patek Philippe but demand for brands such as Omega, Tudor, Heuer and Panerai are on the rise.

Since modern watches are manufactured in larger quantities, the return on investment is not as sizeable – not now anyway.

Watches that tend to increase in value over the years are as close to their original condition as possible. Variations of an original model are not as valuable.

Let us get into a few top tips that will help you better understand how to invest in a timepiece or two.

Investing in Watches – 7 Pro Tips

1.Look at Brand Reputation

Watch brands that have impressive reputations are far more likely to sell for higher prices later on. Start by looking at the reputation of the watch brands you are considering before you take the next step.

2. Spend Time on Research

Next, spend time looking at watches that have increased in value over the years and consider why. By connecting the dots and looking at why a watch’s value has increased, you can identify similar characteristics in potential timepieces. Some watches just keep their value better than others, Rolex being one of these brands.

3. Mechanical is Better

Mechanical watches tend to have a longer lifespan. Even if a watch has obsolete parts, a professional watch repairer may be able to create identical parts or source similar parts that will keep the timepiece working as it should. Keep in mind that using generic instead of original parts can affect the value of a watch.

4. Limited Edition is Ideal

Limited edition watches almost always increase in value over time. Statement pieces are automatically more sought after and are easier to sell when you are ready to do so. However, you will need to keep the watch in excellent condition if you want it to fetch an impressive price.

5. Service Your Timepiece

The better the condition of the watch, the more valuable it is. If you are going to repair or service a watch, take it to someone who is reputable, qualified and has experience with your brands. If you are going to invest in a timepiece, do a little research to find a reputable repair centre.

6. Insure Your Timepiece

If you are going to spend a decent amount of money on a timepiece or two, make sure that it’s covered by your home insurer. Cover the watch against both theft and damage.  Martins of Glasgow are be able to offer advice with regards to insurance.

7. Practice Patience

If you are going to invest in a watch with the idea that the value will increase in a year or two after your purchase, you may want to reconsider. Most watches will only see a significant increase in value after 5 to 10 years. Investing in watches takes patience.

Investing in timepieces can be exciting and worthwhile. Just make sure that you are only purchasing your watches from reputable dealers. Take your time when making this kind of investment if you want to make it worth your time and money.

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A Basic Guide to Removing Watch Links

When a watch is first purchased, it’s usually adjusted to fit the wrist of the owner. However, if the owner changes, the links are damaged or the wearer gains or loses weight, the bracelet needs to be adjusted again.

Links can actually be damaged by wearing your watch too tightly to begin with. When a watch is too tight, it places strain on the links, which eventually causes them to break. The solution, adding and removing bracelet links.

The Ideal Bracelet Size

There really is no ideal bracelet size – it’s all about the preference of the owner. Basically, you want the bracelet to be loose enough for you to fit a pen, or similar object, between the watch and your wrist. This will indicate the watch is both secure and comfortable.

Watch Link Removal – A 5-Step Guide

If you feel confident enough to remove watch links at home, these are the steps you should follow:

  1. Measure the Bracelet of Your Watch

Instead of guessing how many links you should remove, measure your watch bracelet first. You can do this by putting your watch on as you normally would. Once you’re happy with its position and it feels comfortable, flip your wrist so that the clasp is facing you.

Next, start grabbing the slack of the bracelet until you’re holding enough links for the watch to feel comfortable on your wrist. The links between your fingertips will tell you how many you need to remove. If you’re not feeling entirely sure, rather start removing one or two at a time until you’re happy with the final fit. Removing links is easier than adding them back.

  1. Grab Your Tools

You will now need a pin pusher, small screwdriver and a hammer – the smaller the better. Find a flat surface that you can work on before you start removing any links.

  1. Start Removing the Necessary Links

Every watch is designed slightly differently in terms of the bracelet so removing links might be different too. Here are some general instructions that you can follow to remove the links:

  • To start, place your watch in your left hand to remove the spring bar on the left of your watch clasp
  • Using the pin pusher, lever the spring bar out. The spring bar is the small bar that holds your watch bracelet in place
  • Next, look out for the arrows on the bracelet links you want to remove. The arrows will show you where to insert the pin pusher tool. Once the pin appears on the other end of the link, pull it out and the link will detach
  • Keep repeating this process to remove all necessary links. Just be sure to remove the links on both sides of the clasp and remove an even number on either side. This is what will keep your watch face centred
  1. Put the Watch Bracelet Back Together

Now you can start putting the pins back in to complete your watch bracelet. To do this, find the arrows again and push the pins in the opposite directions. You may need to use a hammer to tap the pins back in securely.

  1. Reattach the Clasp

Lastly, you will need to reattach the clasp by replacing the spring bar.

DIY or Professional Help?

While removing links from a watch is not overly complex, if you’re worried about damaging your timepiece or don’t have the tools to get the job done, you may want to get help from a professional. Contact us if you require any type of assistance with your favourite timepiece.

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What to Keep In Mind When Selling a Rolex

When you’re looking to sell a Rolex, naturally, you want to ensure the process goes smoothly and that you get the price you’re looking for.

There are a few things to keep in mind as you start the process of selling your Rolex timepiece. Let’s start with the factors that will influence the value of your watch.

  • Reference number. This is the number that you will find in between the lugs at the 12 o’clock position. However, you will only see it if you remove the watch bracelet or strap. This number is 4 – 6 digits long and will provide the dealer and buyer with specific information on the watch.
  • Serial number. This is the number you will find in between the lugs at the 6 o’clock position. Again, the bracelet or strap will need to be removed to find the serial number. You will also find the serial number on the paperwork for the watch.
  • Market value. Next, you want to get an idea of the watch’s current market value. Rare pieces will attract a higher selling price.
  • How well you’ve cared for your Rolex will also determine its value once it comes time to sell it. Watches that have been kept in a safe place for years will cost more than one that has a bit of wear and tear.
  • Box and paperwork. The original box and paperwork validate the authenticity of your Rolex timepiece. If you’re able to produce this, you should be able to sell it for more.

Additional Considerations When Selling a Rolex

Once you’re ready to sell, here are some additional considerations:

  • Find a reputable dealer. The dealer you choose to assist you with your watch sale can make a big difference to the overall process and experience. Not all dealers are as transparent as they should be so take the time to find someone with good reviews and who specialises in Rolex timepieces. It’s also highly recommended that platforms such as eBay be avoided as not many buyers will be willing to buy a high-ticket item from someone they don’t know. If this will be your first time selling on a platform such as eBay, you won’t have a reputation to rely on. It’s for this reason that’s best to rely on someone who already has a sound reputation.
  • Have all the necessary information ready. The more details you can give a dealer or buyer, the easier it will be to sell your watch and get the price you’re hoping for.
  • Shop around for quotes. Before you settle on one dealer, rather get several quotes from a few reputable dealers in your area. This will ensure that you get the best price possible for your valued timepiece. Ask each dealer for a final offer, which is what you will get out of the sale.

Once the sale has been made, your dealer will pay you directly. Unless you decided to sell directly to a buyer, in which case, it’s important not to hand over the watch prior to payment.

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Things You Need to Know About the Custom Jewellery Design Process

Most jewellery that has a back story is a custom design. If you’re considering gifting someone with a custom piece that’s unique and can carry its own story from generation to generation, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Engagement rings are one of the most common custom designs and incorporate a mix of different elements, including metal, diamonds, band style and gemstones. Using these elements, it’s possible to create a ring that’s as unique as your relationship.

Why Go the Custom Jewellery Design Route?

Before you go ahead with a custom design, it helps to understand the benefits and trade-offs of going this route.

Let’s start with some of the benefits:

  • Your custom piece will reflect your personal style, interests and values
  • There won’t be any other ring or piece of jewellery quite like yours out there
  • A custom design is a conversation starter for years
  • There’s always the option to create matching rings, necklaces or bracelets

Next, let’s look at the potential trade-offs:

  • A custom design can be slightly pricier, depending on what you want to do
  • If you’re after quite an intricate design, it can take a lot longer to produce a custom piece
  • The process requires a good deal of collaboration but if you’re working with the right designer, this won’t be an issue
  • In many instances, you won’t be able to see or touch the piece until it’s completely finished

Understanding the Custom Jewellery Design Process

The specifics of the process will differ slightly for everyone but here is a general idea of what you can expect:

  • Sketching Your Idea

If you want to go the custom route, it means you should have a design in mind. If you simply want something unique, you can always shop around for something that appeals to you. If you think you can put a basic sketch together, do so before seeing a designer. If you’re not sure that you can accurately sketch a design, you could always describe it to your designer. If you are going this route, make sure that you can accurately describe what you’re looking for.

  • Search for the Right Designer

Next, you want to take your time to find a designer who specialises in the metal, stones and style you’re interested in. If you can, ask for referrals from those who have gone through this process before and are happy with the results. While it’s important for you to get along with a designer, it’s essential that you ask to see their previous work too.

  • Start Collaborating

Now that you have a design and a trusted jewellery designer, you can start discussing a timeline. Before the physical design process starts, make sure that you’ve seen an illustration of what it will look like. If you have any questions during this process, don’t be afraid to ask them. Your designer has several years of knowledge and should be able to give you all the information you need to feel comfortable throughout the process.

  • Ask about Warranties and Guarantees

If you’re going to be working on a custom design, ask your designer to put the details of the design in writing. This should include the elements you agreed on as well as a final appraisal that outlines the design and designer. Lastly, don’t forget to insure your custom piece of jewellery.

The custom jewellery design process doesn’t need to be complicated. Speak to us if you have any additional questions about what to expect.

Watch Water Resistence_Martins of Glasgow

Water-Resistant Watches: An Easy-to-Understand Guide

Water-resistance is one of the primary features that watch lovers look for when shopping around for a new or second-hand timepiece. We come into contact with water on a daily basis and buying a water-resistant watch ensures your favourite timepiece won’t be ruined.

Watches that are water-resistant will have a specific rating, which indicates what you can and can’t do with it. Let’s get into the specifics.

Water-Resistant Watches vs. Waterproof Watches

No watch is 100% waterproof, which is why the majority of watches are labelled as water-resistant and have a metre rating.

The difference between a water-resistant timepiece and one that is waterproof is linked to how much water it can be exposed to before it breaks. This aside, almost any watch will break if it’s placed under enough water pressure.

There are a handful of waterproof watches available though, the Rolex Deepsea Challenge being one of them. Even this watch can’t go below 12,000 metres though.

If you want to shop around for a waterproof watch, you might be looking around for a while. Rather look for a good water-resistant piece.

Understanding the Rating of a Water-Resistant Watch

Water-resistant watches will have a depth rating and each watch will be different, depending on the brand and model you choose.

What many people don’t know is that the depth rating is not full proof. It merely means that a watch can be used at its maximum depth for a short period of time. For example, a watch with a depth rating of 100M, can probably only be used a fraction of that rating.

Here’s an idea of what you can and can’t do with your watch based on its water-resistance rating.

  • 50M/165 ft: The most you can do is shower with the watch.
  • 100M/330 ft:You can swim with the watch but only in shallow water.
  • 300M/1000 ft:You can swim in deep water or scuba dive with this watch.
  • 1000M/3000 ft:The watch is ideal for deep sea diving.

If your watch is not water-resistant, it can’t even be exposed to water when cleaning it. The more water-resistant a watch is, the smaller it will be.

Caring for Your Water-Resistant Watch

Once you’ve purchased a water-resistant watch, here’s how you can extend its life:

  • Have the battery changed by a professional. If you have a water-resistant watch, let a professional change the battery so that the seal can be checked. If the seal malfunctions, water will ruin your watch.
  • Rinse your watch after swimming in saltwater. If you’re planning to dive or swim in the sea, rinse your watch in freshwater and dry it thoroughly afterwards. Corrosive salt can ruin your watch if it builds up.
  • Watch your leather strap. If your timepiece has a leather strap, remember that it’s not very resistant to water, so you may want to keep exposure to a minimum.
  • Steam is not ideal. Even if your watch is water-resistant, it’s best to take it off before spending time in a hot sauna. The heat can cause the seal to expand, which will compromise the watch’s protection.

If you notice any water droplets inside your watch, take it to a repair centre as soon as you can. Depending on the extent of the damage, some watches can still be salvaged if water got into the internal mechanisms.

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How to Tell If Your Watch is Magnetised

Magnetism is an issue that affects mechanical watches. A significant change in timing is a clear sign that your watch could be magnetised. A watch that started out by running a few seconds faster per day can start running hours faster per day if it’s magnetised.

How Does a Watch Get Magnetised?

It’s actually very easy for a watch to become magnetised. Most of what you do during a normal day as the potential to cause this issue.

For one, appliances and electronic devices can slowly start to magnetise a mechanical watch, including microwaves and computers. Basically, any device that has a strong magnetic field has the ability to magnetise a watch. A watch’s balance spring is the component that’s usually responsible for most of the magnetism.

When a balance spring is magnetised, it causes the watch to oscillate faster, which is when a change in time occurs.

Signs Your Watch is Magnetised

There are two ways that you can tell whether your phone is magnetised. The first is a compass and the second is an application called Lepsi.

If you happen to have a compass at home, set it on a flat table and hold your watch over it. If your watch causes the needle of the compass to move, it’s magnetised.

The Lepsi app is currently only available for iOS. There is an app called Kello for Android devices but it isn’t known to work very well.

If you have an iOS device, download the Lepsi app – it’s completely free. The app provides clear instructions on how to set up the magnetic sensor. Once you start the sensor, place the watch about 1cm away – be sure not to touch the screen. The app will then tell you whether magnetism has been detected.

What to Do If Your Watch is Magnetised

If your watch is magnetised, you will need to fix it. The first option is to send it off to a repair centre such as Martins of Glasgow. It only takes several minutes to demagnetise a watch and it’s an affordable repair too.

The other option is to purchase your own equipment. A demagnetiser is inexpensive but it’s only worthwhile if you have several mechanical watches and want to ensure you can fix them at home whenever you need to. A demagnetiser is also very easy to use. You simply press a button while your watch is placed on top of it.

Do Anti-Magnetic Watches Exist?

Yes, there are several brands that have taken steps to reduce the effects of magnetic fields on their timepieces. One method is to protect the mechanics of the watch with a metal cage. Most of the time this cage is made from soft iron, which keeps the magnetism away from the internal mechanisms. The other way to reduce the effects is to build parts using non-iron materials, which can’t be magnetised as easily.

If you’re interested in purchasing an anti-magnetic watch, Rolex and Omega are two brands that make them. If you already have a collection of watches you love, magnetism isn’t a cause for concern and can easily be corrected.

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Watch_Martins of Glasgow

Cleaning a Stainless-Steel Watch: Simple & Effective Tips

Stainless steel is a common type of metal used to create elegant timepieces and while this is a resilient metal, it does still need some TLC on a regular basis.

To keep your watch looking good and prevent damage to the internal workings, it’s important to keep it clean.

Without regular cleaning, stainless steel can start to look dull. The links of the watch bracelet can also start to collect dirt and dust over time. All of this can lead to wear and sometimes, corrosion. Even if you made a point of purchasing a waterproof watch, sweating and frequent water exposure can cause the watch to rust gradually.

Caring for Your Stainless-Steel Watch: How Often is Enough?

If you tend to wear your watch on most days, giving it a good clean once a month should be more than enough. If you really wanted to be more efficient, you could even give your timepiece a quick wipe before you go to bed at night.

This will help get rid of any sweat and lotions that may have accumulated over the course of the day. By giving your watch a daily wipe with a soft cloth, the monthly clean will be that much easier.

While it is possible to clean your watch at home, it’s advisable to get a professional to service it every few months or at least once a year. A professional can not only get rid of stubborn scratches but ensure the inside of your watch is working as it should.

Tips for Caring for Your Stainless-Steel Watch at Home

  • Use a soft cloth for general wipe downs

Having a soft cloth at home will ensure you can remove dirt and dust on a daily or weekly basis. A microfiber cloth is the best option as it will scratch your watch the least. Overall, the finer your cloth is, the better it will remove any grime.

  • Soak your watch in warm soap water (if it’s water resistant)

If your watch is water resistant, you can give it a brief soak in some warm soapy water to loosen up any dirt. It’s essential that the water is lukewarm though. Water that is too hot can cause the metal to expand and water to reach the internal parts of the timepiece. Anything that’s hotter than 35 degrees Celsius is a no-go. Once you’ve soaked the watch, use your soft cloth to remove any grime. If your watch is not water resistant, you should just soak the stainless-steel bracelet.

  • Give the bracelet a good scrub

Next, use an old toothbrush to get into the smaller gaps in the watch bracelet. Just don’t apply too much pressure as this can cause unnecessary scratches. If you’re happy with the appearance of the watch, rinse it under some clean water to get rid of any remaining soap.

  • Time to dry and shine

Once you’ve rinsed your watch, pat it dry with a soft towel or cloth. Another way to dry your watch is to wear it. The heat from your wrist will easily dry up any moisture that remains in between the links of the bracelet. Finally, if you have a glass cleaner at home, you should give your watch face a clean too – a soft cloth is still the only thing you should be using for this. Some people choose to remove the bracelet completely in order to shine it up but if you’ve never done this before, it’s best to leave it to a professional.

Cleaning your stainless-steel watch at home is as simple as that. If you are unsure about whether your watch is waterproof or not, rather take your timepiece in for a professional cleaning.

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Watch Repairs: Is a Pro Really Necessary?

Whether you received a watch as a gift, invested in a timeless classic or you wear a basic watch on a day-to-day basis, it deserves a little TLC.

Having your watch serviced or repaired might seem like a simple enough job, so why is it really necessary to get a professional involved – let’s take a closer look.

Watch Repairs: The Usual Suspects

So, what are the most common watch repairs and can you do them at home? Let’s start with a battery replacement – this is by far one of the most common types of repairs. A battery is easy enough to replace but whether or not this should be done at home is dependent on the watch. Many watches, particularly those that are waterproof, need to be professionally resealed after any type of repair, including battery replacement. Other types of repairs include water damage, strap replacement and glass replacements. Again, you could attempt these at home but there’s a very high chance you’ll end up damaging your watch for good.

Watch repairs and servicing are delicate procedures and require specific knowledge on the inner workings of a timepiece. Every little piece is a working part and without the right equipment, you could end up having to get rid of a treasured watch.

What You Can Do at Home

Professionals recommend that if you really value your favourite timepiece, the most you should do is give it a wipe down on a regular basis. This will keep the outside as free of dirt and grime as possible until your next service.

It should also be said that if you do decide to pry open the back of your watch to replace the battery, you’re potentially exposing the delicate parts to dirt and dust. If this happens, you’re more than likely going to end up needing to take it to a professional anyway.

There are also ways to remove scratches from the face of your watch if they’re minor.

One of the easiest ways to work out minor scratches is to use a bright light, masking tape, toothpaste and a soft cloth. First, cover up the bezel of the watch using narrow masking tape. Next, place the watch under a bright light so that you can clearly see the scratches. Place a small spot of toothpaste on your finger and gently rub it across the face of the watch. Leave the toothpaste to set for a few minutes before using a soft cloth to remove it and polish the face. Use gentle, circular motions.

Choosing the Right Professional

Too many watch professionals end up dealing with botched repairs because the owner shopped around according to price and not expertise. If you see your timepiece as an investment, you should always find a watch repair shop that has proven experience with your specific make and model.

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How to Care for & Clean Your Favourite Jewellery at Home

Whether it’s a unique piece or just a piece that you love to wear often, jewellery looks its best after a good clean. Specific types of jewellery is also more prone to getting dirty, rings being the prime suspect. Lotions, dirt, soap and dust can all clog jewellery settings and create a dull appearance.

Since we will all be spending some additional time at home, we might as well use this time to care for and clean our jewellery – here are some top tips.

Cleaning Silver Jewellery

The best way to clean silver jewellery is with a high-quality silver polish. This specific type of polish contains ingredients that dissolve dirt and grime and create a protective barrier. You will also need a cloth that you can use to clean and shine the jewellery. If you don’t have this lying around the house, there are some other ways to get your silver to shine once again. One option is to mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water, clean the jewellery and rinse it off with cold water. The second is to mix three parts baking soda with one part water and use a cloth to clean the jewellery. Don’t forget to rinse well. Lastly, you can also use white toothpaste to gently clean jewellery with your finger. Rinse well with warm water afterwards.

Cleaning Gold Jewellery

Gold jewellery also responds really well to a few drops of dish soap in warm water. Let your jewellery soak in this solution for about 5 minutes before you lay them on a soft cloth. You can now use a soft toothbrush to clear away dirt in some of the smaller crevices. Rinse the jewellery under running water before you polish it with a cloth.

Cleaning Stones and Pearls

Precious and semi-precious stones can be cleaned in the same way as mentioned above but instead of using regular warm water, add the dish soap to some seltzer water. The carbonation works really well for loosening trapped debris. You can also use a soft toothbrush to get into the smaller gaps. Rinse the jewellery under running water before buffing it with a soft cloth. If you want to clean pearls, never soak them in any kind of solution as this can damage the string. Rather lay them on a soft cloth and use some shampoo mixed with warm water to clean each pearl with a small makeup brush. Rinse the pearls with a damp cloth and let them dry on their own.

Making Jewellery Last Longer with the Right Care

Here are a few tips that will help you to enjoy your jewellery for longer:

  • Take your rings off before you apply creams and makeup and before you do things around the house such as wash dishes.
  • Believe it or not, your silver jewellery retains its shine the more you wear it. It’s also best to store it in an anti-tarnish bag.
  • Keep your jewellery away from water that contains salt or chlorine.
  • Have your jewellery repaired by a reputable professional if you want it to last longer.
  • Stop oils and perfume from destroying your pearls by cleaning them with a soft cloth on a regular basis.

There you have it. Cleaning your jewellery at home is simple because there’s a good chance you already have everything you need. Now’s as good a time as any to care for your most treasured pieces.