Here at Catherine Best we see jewellery as not only an item, but a piece that is full of precious memories that needs to be cared for. To help you care for your jewellery effectively after purchase we have put together a simple guide full of tips to ensure that it remains in great condition for years to come.
How Often Should Your Jewellery Be Cleaned?
Your Catherine Best jewellery is a lovingly made piece of craftsmanship which is created from many natural materials including all of the precious metals and the gemstones and diamonds held within. Because of this, and coupled with the fact you wear your jewellery on your body, we recommend it being serviced once a year.
How To Clean Precious Metals
We will always suggest that you take your precious metal jewellery to a professional for it to be cleaned, but for quick cleans at home you can try the following methods.
For your silver jewellery, the most common type of cleaning you will need to do is to combat tarnishing, and the best way to do this is with silver dip. After this you can then give the item a light polish with a silver cloth. This brings back silver’s shine and lustre.
For other precious metals such as platinum or gold, you can’t go wrong with an old toothbrush and a little bit of warm soapy water to help bring the precious metal back to life. Let the metal soak in the warm soapy water for a few minutes, and then buff away at the piece with the old toothbrush. Ensure that you do this gently though as to not tarnish the metal. Once clean, rinse in warm running water and dry with a clean soft cloth. You can finish the cleaning process by giving the metal a final buff with a cloth once dry.
How To Clean Gemstones
To clean Gemstones effectively, we always suggest taking your jeweller to get it professionally cleaned. If however you can’t send the jewellery and would like to do it yourself, there are a few ways to quickly clean them at home.
There is an old wives' tale which is still applicable where you can place your jewellery in simmering water with soda crystals to clean gemstones. This comes with a note of caution that you have to be extremely careful of what items you expose to both liquid and/or temperature, if you are ever unsure please ensure that you ask a professional first. For example Pearl, Opal, Tanzanite, Peridot (The list goes on) struggle to cope under higher temperatures or prolonged exposure.
How To Keep Your Jewellery In Great Condition
A simple tip which often eludes everybody is how to care for your pearl and opals especially (although this is also a good practice to follow for all your jewellery) when you are getting ready to leave the house. Your jewellery should be the very last item you put on before you go out the door. Many people fall into the trap of putting their jewellery on first and then spraying themselves with perfumes or hairsprays. These are alcohol and chemical based and they literally eat away at your jewellery, also if they are strung on silk thread it will cause it to fray and unravel.
Our Jewellery Cleaning Service
Here at Catherine Best we offer a professional jewellery cleaning service that will help keep your jewellery in pristine condition. Prices start at £5 per item, but if you have many items that you would like serviced by our professional craftsmen, we will base the entire collection on a time basis, which is typically a cheaper option.
When we service your jewellery we will check all the stone settings to ensure the claws haven’t been knocked or worn over time and will give it a deep clean. Jewellery lovers often underestimate the bacteria that can hide in all of the little cavities, especially in rings and earrings, as you cook, clean, garden in them etc. All of this is removed and as a final stage we will clean and polish your jewellery giving it back its wonderful shine.
With items which include gemstones and diamonds in their settings, we will put them in a machine called an ultrasonic, we can control the temperature of this machine depending on the items we are putting into it and it effectively works as an agitator to loosen the build up of deposits. This method of cleaning works very well for your gemstones, especially any pastel colours as they will naturally lose their brightness as they become dirty and will appear more milky until they are cleaned.
To enquire about our jewellery cleaning service further or to book an appointment, please contact us here.