Understanding how to properly care for your jewellery can help maintain its beauty and shine for years to come. Certain metals and gemstones require different care instructions and cleaning methods to avoid the risk of damaging them.
Always remove your jewellery if there is any chance they may get scratched or broken. Activities such as gardening, moving furniture, playing sport, cleaning etc. can potentially damage your jewellery. Be extra mindful for soft gemstones such as opals, turquoise and pearls as they are highly susceptible to scratches, cracks and breakage. Light scratches can also build up over time on metals therefore your jewellery may need re-polishing by a professional to remove them.
Sunlight and heat can affect gemstones and metals durability and colour. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause gemstones to fracture and prolonged exposure to sunlight may cause some coloured gemstones to fade or discolour.
Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolour precious metals and may harm some coloured gems. Such harmful chemicals include chlorine, ammonia, bleach, perfumes, salt water, hair sprays and topical creams / lotions. Take off your jewellery to apply lotions or creams.
To remove built up grime on your silver or gold jewellery, place items in a bowl of warm water with a touch of mild dish soap then use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the piece. In between cleans, you can use a polishing cloth or a damp cloth to gently rub over the piece. All sterling silver will naturally tarnish over time but using a polishing cloth regularly will help keep the silver bright and shiny.
Jewellery can easily get scratched, damaged or tarnish if it is not stored properly. Keep your jewellery stored away from sunlight, heat and moisture in a protective jewellery pouch or box. Jux Jewellery pieces come in a box or pouch which is the perfect place to store them.
Sapphires are relatively hard (second to diamonds on the Mohs scale) which make them a great choice for everyday wear. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth or gently scrub with a soft bristle toothbrush in warm water.
Australian Solid Opals
Opals in general are among the most delicate gemstones. There are two main reasons why they are regarded as delicate. One reason is that they are relatively soft, so they can easily be scratched. Another reason is that are made up of significant water content. Due to their water content, opals are sensitive to sudden changes in temperature. If a solid opal becomes too dry, it can crack. A small amount of olive / coconut oil can be rubbed onto the opal occasionally to help prevent cracking.
Opal doublets are not solid opals. They are made up of a thin layer of precious opal glued onto a backing, usually natural ironstone. Since the layers are glued together, exposure to water can weaken the glue and allow water to penetrate the space between the layers. The opal may then take on a grey or foggy appearance. To prevent this from happening to your opal doublet, it is recommended to avoid exposure to water and moisture. Activities such as bathing, showering, swimming or washing hands can potentially damage the opal doublet / triplet. To clean your opal doublet, simply wipe with a dry soft cloth.