Spring is emerging, and you know what that means: it’s time for spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a great way to reset for the year ahead. As you begin this annual ritual, don’t forget about your jewelry collection! It’s important to take the time to not only clean your individual pieces of jewelry, but also organize them.
After all, properly storing and organizing your jewelry can help maintain its condition and quality over time. Here’s how to clean and organize your jewelry collection this spring according to our Omaha jewelry repair experts.
How to clean your jewelry
When it comes to washing your fine jewelry, it’s surprisingly simple. For your gems and diamonds, start with warm water, a mild dish soap and a toothbrush. Then, gently scrub your jewelry using the soapy water. Properly rinse and dry your jewelry prior to returning it to your collection to avoid accumulating dirt and rusting. Keep in mind that you will want to be particularly gentle with pearl jewelry as it is more delicate.
If you’re facing more than normal grime, you can let your jewelry soak in the mixture for an additional 30 to 40 minutes. If there is remaining film and debris, it might be time to visit our Omaha jewelry repair experts for a routine cleaning.
How to organize your jewelry
As for organizing your jewelry, it’s critical that it be stored at room temperature without humidity as water and extreme conditions can be damaging. Invest in storage, avoiding wood and opting for something with fabric lining to protect your jewelry. For your own convenience, store your jewelry so it's visible and in plain sight. It will make it easier to find what you’re looking for so you don’t have to rummage through and make a mess.
Hooks are a great method for storing necklaces to avoid tangling. Of course, compartmentalization is key. Keep your earrings with their match, your rings with your rings, and so on. Storage bins with dividers make it super easy to keep your jewelry organized.
How to prevent getting your jewelry dirty
While cleaning your jewelry is straightforward enough, the less you have to do it, the better. That being said, prevention is key to keeping your jewelry clean and organized. Avoid wearing your jewelry when you’re cleaning, bathing, moisturizing, working out or any other activities that could expose it to unnecessary moisture. Always wipe off your jewelry following wearing it and prior to putting it back in your jewelry box.
After you spring clean and organize your jewelry using our Omaha jewelry repair experts’ advice, it’s time to add some more pieces to your collection. Treat yourself to a new piece of fine jewelry from 14 Karat in Shops of Legacy in Omaha. You earned it! Contact or visit us in store today.