Maybe you have some antique jewelry that’s been handed down as a family heirloom, or maybe you’ve just acquired a piece of vintage jewelry as a present. Vintage jewelry is generally more valuable than new jewelry, but it is also much more delicate. If treated carelessly, vintage jewelry can be easily damaged or broken. With the right care and maintenance, however, you can keep your vintage jewelry in good condition for many years to come. Here are some vintage jewelry care tips and tricks from the industry experts at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.
Vintage jewelry can become damaged due to day-to-day wear, but improper storage can cause damage as well. Prevent your vintage jewelry for acquiring any dents or scratches while you’re not wearing it with these simple storage tips. Keep your vintage jewelry stored in a moisture-free area. Moisture can cause severe damage to precious stones, so it’s important to leave them in a dry environment. Store vintage pieces in their own jewelry box to prevent it from rubbing up against or getting caught in other jewelry pieces. Extreme temperature changes can cause damage to your vintage jewelry, so make sure it’s stored indoors in a temperature-controlled space.
Cleaning your vintage jewelry can help you to achieve the shine and luster you want after years of dirt and grime build-up due to neglect. That being said, it’s important to use the right products when cleaning your vintage jewelry. Avoid anything that contains alcohol, acids or ammonia, as these ingredients can strip gemstones of their natural shine. Simple cleaning products like Windex can often do the trick. Apply the cleaning solution to a soft rag, never directly on the jewelry. Wipe the rag gently over your piece of jewelry until you reach the desired shine.
With careful attention, you can enjoy your vintage jewelry for many years to come. At Marlow’s Diamond & Design, we offer full jewelry repair and refurbishing services so you can count on our expert jewelers to make your vintage rings, necklaces and earrings shine like new. For more information about our jewelry services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond & Design.