Jewellery Care & Repair
Jewellery is easy to keep it clean and sparkling. Don’t just leave your jewellery lying in a drawer gathering dust but take it out and check it over from time to time.
If you have any concerns, take your jewellery to your local member of the National Association of Jewellers. NAJ members have a real passion for jewellery and will take great pride in helping you keep yours looking as beautiful as the day it was bought.
Here are a few tips on some of the things you can do.
Jewellery is delicate and unfortunately not indestructible so it’s important to take great care with it:
- Take your jewellery off if you’re involved in any activity which could knock or damage it
- Take it off when you go to bed
- Keep it well away from chemicals, especially chlorine. If it does come into contact with chemicals, rinse it in water immediately
- Bathe and apply any lotions or perfumes before you put your jewellery on which can particularly damage stones like pearls or opals
- Store it separately, ideally in a soft-lined box or case, so that your favourite pieces don’t tangle, rub or scratch one another.
Your jewellery MOT
The best news of all is that your jewellery will very rarely be beyond repair or restoration. If you need advice or help, simply pop into your NAJ jeweller for a quick check-up.
Here’s a quick checklist of some of the things to look out for:
- Worn, damaged or missing claws on settings risk losing stones
- Stones loose in their setting
- Loose catches and clasps or rough links on chains or bracelets
- Any fractures in metals
- Pearls that are loose on their thread or where the thread is frayed
- Too much movement in jointed hinges
- The plating wearing off white gold
- A dive watch needs to be pressure tested annually
- Finally, if a ring is too tight or too lose it can generally be re-sized to fit.