The term “heirloom jewelry” refers to items that are more than just silver or gold – these are special pieces that have been passed down in a family through multiple generations. Due to their common age and wear over time, heirloom pieces tend to deteriorate faster than many others, and they require some special care.
At AAA Jewelers, we can help. Let’s look at some basic tips on preserving heirloom jewelry, or any older pieces you may have in your collection.
You want to keep these pieces shining and beautiful, but you have to go about it the right way. Know that certain chemicals used to clean jewelry may damage certain stones – things like ammonia, alcohol or various acids might be a concern. Speak to our pros about which kinds of cleaners are best for your pieces.
Too much moisture contacting your jewelry can lead to rust on certain metals, and can also contribute to loss in cluster for certain types. Make sure never to wear heirloom jewelry while swimming, particularly in natural or salt-water bodies. Metals like gold and platinum can be considerably affected by water, chlorine or even sweat, so be careful with these. Also consider the dulling effects of products like sunscreen, bug spray or various lotions.
When doing chores, cleaning or gardening, always remove heirloom jewelry. These kinds of activities can scratch or chip pieces. In addition, be sure to keep jewelry stored separately – different stones may scratch each other if they’re stored together.
Down similar storage lines, always be sure to store heirloom jewelry in specially made pouches. These should come from soft clothes, zip lock bags, or boxes with special compartments. Always store this jewelry in clean, dry places and away from major sunlight or heat. Note that oak storage boxes often develop humidity issues, so generally stay away from these.
For more on caring for heirloom jewelry, or to learn about any of our jewelry repair services, speak to the pros at AAA Jewelers today.