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Jewelry maintenance and cleaning

Posted by JULIE 24/08/2020 0 Comment(s)

Preservation of jewelry
Fo - bijoux jewelry is jewelry that probably consists of a mixture of different metals, which are gilded or silver plated to have a gold or silver look. This paint consists of a thin layer, which during the use of jewelry can wear out and your jewelry lose their beautiful appearance and acquire a black or even green color. Below you will find useful tips to keep your fo - bijoux beautiful and shiny over time.


a) A basic condition for maintaining your jewelry over time, is to avoid contact with perfumes, colognes, body creams and make up in general.
b) It would be better to avoid frequent contact with alcohol, antiseptics, soaps and water.
c) It is better not to sleep with your jewelry because of sweat and
d) Store your jewelry in a box or in a fabric case - pouch.

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Jewelry cleaning depending on the material
What material is your jewelry made of? Refer to the list below to find out exactly how you should take care of them.

Ceramic
The ceramic used for jewelry is a strong and durable material that will retain its glossy finish. All you have to do is wipe it with a damp cloth and then wipe it with a soft dry cloth. The surface of your ceramic jewelry will remain smooth and shiny, without any special cleaning product.

Crystal
Crystals generally last a long time, but can still break or wear out, so to clean them make gentle movements by wiping the crystal with a soft cloth dipped in warm water. For non-porous crystals, mix half a cup of warm water, a teaspoon of alcohol and half a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid without detergent. Dip one foot into warm paraffin 3 times, pausing between layers to allow them to dry. Then rinse directly with lukewarm running water. Dry your crystal with a clean cloth and it will be like new.

Bronze
Bronze consists of a metal alloy, made of copper and tin. It is hard and shiny like gold, durable and economical. Its disadvantage is the oxidation, which occurs when the oils from our skin are rubbed into the jewelry and react with the copper which produces a greenish discoloration. To preserve it, you can rinse it with plain soap and water. Distilled water is the best solution for this case, as it does not contain any bleach, as bleach destroys the bronze. You can avoid oxidation of your bronze jewelry by passing the inner surface of your ring with transparent nail polish. The process should be repeated over time. It is very important to keep your brass away from chlorinated chemicals such as chlorine from pool water and salt water from the sea. These substances cause corrosion.

Gold
Keep your jewelry away from bleach, salt water and chemicals. Gold jewelry should not be cleaned too often. It would be best to wipe them gently with a clean damp cloth so as not to damage the plating.

Semiprecious Stones
You need to be careful if your stones are porous or non-porous. Non-porous stones include aquamarine, cubic zirconium, granite and topaz, all of which are safe to soak in a mixture of warm water and mild detergent. Then rinse under running water. Porous stones include: jasper, lapis lazuli, onyx and tiger's eye. Porous stones absorb any liquid they come in contact with, so they should never be immersed in water and it is best to avoid household cleaners as they can cause stains and discoloration. To preserve them, wipe them with a clean damp cloth when needed and then dry them well with a lint-free cloth.

Steel
To preserve your steel jewelry you can often simply rinse it under running water. For a brighter result you can use a soft toothbrush dipped in a mixture of warm water and a mild detergent.

Pure silver
To preserve and clean your silver jewelry, use a soft toothbrush dipped in a mixture of mild dish soap and warm water, without rubbing it too hard, as the coating may begin to peel off.