One of the most cherished and intimate options to accessorize with is your jewelry collection. These personal items can be custom made (like Handmade Twig Jewelry), heirloom pieces passed down for generations, or even a treasured gift from a loved one. To help maintain their beauty and keep them sparkling for years to come, it is essential you follow the proper care procedures and avoid these six common jewelry myths and misconceptions, especially when working with delicate handmade twig jewelry.
Myth 1: Always Wear Your Rings
Although you may want to, you shouldn’t wear your rings with everything you do. During activities that are hard on your hands, you should always remove them. Daily use takes its toll on jewelry, and the more you wear them (especially during activities hard on your hands,) the more wear your rings will encounter. To help keep your jewelry in the best condition possible, you should have your items cleaned a minimum of two times per year. These bi-annual ring ‘check-ups’ will keep your jewelry in tip-top shape and will catch any issues you may not have noticed. After all, having your gemstone fall out of its setting because you weren’t keeping up with minor preventative repairs is the last thing you want to happen.
Myth 2: Toothpaste Is a Great Polish for Your Jewelry
Although it may seem like a low-cost alternative to other polishes on the market, toothpaste is not helpful in jewelry care. Many toothpaste formulas contain scrubbing granules, and these gritty little pieces can cause more irreversible damage than you might expect. Those small speckles can scratch some metals and gemstones. Plus, the little crevices and other tiny openings in your jewelry can trap the toothpaste, meaning you may end up with a bigger mess than what you initially had to begin with.
Myths 3: You Can Clean Your Jewelry in the Dishwasher
It may seem like a quick and easy way to get your jewelry clean, but placing your jewelry in the dishwasher is a major negative (especially if you have other dishes in there). Not only can the debris from the dishwasher, and the chemicals used in the cleaning detergent, cause damage to the pieces of jewelry, but you could also lose your favorite items inside of the appliance.
Myth 4: Alcohol Is a Great Grease Remover on Jewelry
This rumor has caused irreversible damage over the years to many pieces of jewelry. The myth states that if you rinse and soak a piece of jewelry in alcohol, it will remove the grease buildup. However, while it can help to eliminate grease accumulation, the chemicals within the alcohol will not only leave a residue on the jewelry, but can also cause some gemstones and metals to crack, dry out, or degrade (for instance, emeralds that are water and oil based).
Myth 5: Chlorine Helps Clean Anything
Whether you are swimming or trying to clean your jewelry, you should never allow your items to come into contact with chlorine-based products. Chlorine is an exceedingly harmful chemical to jewelry and can break down the metal alloys inside of it (causing your jewelry to become brittle and susceptible to breaking).
Myth 6: All Jewelry Needs the Same Care
As incredible as this would be, every piece of jewelry is unique; therefore, each piece requires specific tasks for cleaning. For example, some materials work best under the care of ultrasonic cleaners, while ultrasonic cleaners can damage other materials (like treated gemstones or other heat susceptible jewelry components).
Many custom jewelry pieces require additional care. To ensure you have the proper long-term care for your handmade twig jewelry, talk to Olivia Ewing today by calling 800-386-0103 or by using this online form.