When we have a beautiful or expensive piece of jewellery that we love and cherish, we want it to look aesthetically pleasing and to sparkle forever. Caring for, and looking after your jewellery, is important and integral to it keeping that sparkle. We believe that you should take care of your jewellery as you would your favourite item of clothing. Yes, diamonds are forever, and with proper care they can indeed last a lifetime and longer.
Here at Michael Jones Jeweller, we understand that jewellery has huge personal significance, sentimental meaning and monetary value, and that it can mean so many different, beautiful things to all of us. That’s why we have compiled a short guide on how you can look after your jewellery, so it will always look good and last for many years or generations to come.
Here’s our three-step guide on how to look after your jewellery:
1. Clean Your Jewellery At Home With Connoisseurs
If you are looking to keep your jewellery looking brand new and clean, but want it achieved from the comfort and ease of your own home, then look no further than the Connoisseurs jewellery cleaning product range - available in store now from £7. It is important, when cleaning your jewellery at home, that you use the correct cleaning solutions and utensils. This is to avoid tarnishing and spoiling the jewellery. Our experienced team are happy to discuss your needs and advise you on the ideal cleaning solution for your jewellery. For an even more effective jewellery cleaning solution, we recommend using these products:
Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik
We are in love with this dazzle stik, mainly because of its convenient and handy-sized brush. The Diamond Dazzle Stik is in the shape of a pen, which enables precision and has a built-in cleaning paste.
How to use: all you need to do is wet the brush and twist the end of the pen to release the cleaning paste. Then, lightly brush over and around your rings. It really is this simple, and the results are incredible.
Due to the fine bristles on the brush, it allows you to reach in between the small gaps of the setting and remove any built-up residue. All without risking damage to your gems! After this brushing process you can thoroughly rinse the item of jewellery and reveal the sparkle.
Connoisseurs Jewellery wipes
Easily and effortlessly wipe away any fine residue with these jewellery wipes.
These wipes from Connoisseur are a fantastic tool to bring back the shine on your gold or silver jewellery. Contained are pocket-sized cloths, which are impregnated with a fine polishing powder. This powder helps remove fine scratches with a wipe. Connoisseurs Jewellery Wipes come in a pack of 25, but they can continue to be used until all the polishing powder has depleted - so one pack really can go a long way! Plus, the wipes come in a handy pocket-sized container, making them perfect for travel and ideal for popping in your bag.
As a whole, the Connoisseurs cleaning range is specially formulated to remove residue from your jewellery and watches, resulting in a truly professional finish.
2. Get Your Jewellery Cleaned Professionally By Us, For Free
When you have something you treasure, you want to keep it looking good. That’s why we offer a free, complimentary jewellery cleaning and polishing service in our well-equipped Banbury and Northampton (both Gold Street & Grosvenor Centre branches) showrooms. We have three full-time professional goldsmiths who carry out this service for our customers. As part of our in-store jewellery cleaning service, we use our Ultrasonic cleaner. We use the Ultrasonic cleaner because it uses vibrations to dislodge particles residing beneath the stones - and helps bring back their sparkle! Your jewellery will sparkle like it’s brand new again.
We are more than happy to clean your jewellery for you while you shop. As part of this service, we also give each item a thorough examination before we clean it. This is to check the stones are secure and make sure there isn’t any damage to the setting of your ring, or other piece of jewellery. Here at Michael Jones Jewellers, we recommend that you bring your rings into store for cleaning every 6 months. This is to ensure that any problems are spotted early.
Jewellery should dazzle and sparkle, and we want yours to look as bright and exquisite as the day you first bought it! Please ask a member of staff at your local Michael Jones Jeweller store for details on our cleaning service.
3. Store Your Jewellery in a Box or Case
There are many different reasons and factors that could influence the wear and tear of your jewellery, which is why we advise keeping your jewellery in a jewellery box or case so it maintains its excellent condition. By storing precious, delicate items in a box or case you protect any fragile metals and stones. It is also essential for protection against damage, dust particles, scratches and general daily wear.
Here at Michael Jones Jeweller, we stock a wide range of Wolf jewellery and watch boxes, including watch winders and travel cases. Our Wolf collection of jewellery and watch storage organises and displays your accessories beautifully, whilst also offering excellent protection. We want your jewellery to last a lifetime, or longer, and with proper jewellery storage you can guarantee your favourite pieces are passed down the generations, dazzling for years to come.
Why Is Jewellery Care Important?
Right now, everywhere in the world, people are wearing or gifting each other a variety of different and stunning pieces of jewellery. It has always been an extremely popular accessory, from necklaces to bracelets, earrings and watches. Wearing the right jewellery for the right occasion can have a huge impact on the way we look and feel; it makes us feel special, stylish and beautiful. It is also a way for us to enhance our appearance, or help us complete an outfit. Certain types of jewellery can add balance and shape to our face, highlight beauty, or in some small way showcase to the world our unique personality and taste.
We may even view or feel like a particular piece of fine jewellery is an extension or part of ourselves. However, it doesn’t have to just serve as a means for self-decoration, it can also symbolise an investment or be passed down as a family heirloom. This could be symbolic of an emotional and lifelong investment in another person or focus on ourselves. Jewellery is a fantastic way of celebrating or declaring our love for another, or simply as a reminder to ourselves of how fabulous and empowered we are as an individual. But, it can also hold great personal significance and sentimentality. Jewellery can act as a small reminder to us of family members no longer with us. It brings comfort as we know they’re always close to us via the jewellery on our body.
Michael Jones Jeweller
We have a long-established reputation and have been in the jewellery industry for 100 years, since 1919. With our extensive expertise and knowledge in jewellery and watches, we help our customers take care of precious items so it brings them pleasure and use for years.
Whether you have a special event coming up, or you just want your jewellery to look its best, get in contact with us today. Our in-house goldsmiths can give your jewellery a full MOT. This includes checking and tightening the claws on your rings, making sure that all the stones are secure. After this, we thoroughly clean and polish your jewellery, ensuring that any dirt and scratches that have built up through everyday wear are removed - so that it looks as good as new! In addition, we also use a rhodium plate on white gold, which helps to restore your jewellery back to its original brightness.
Michael Jones jewellery is built to last, but giving it proper care will help it last forever. We advise getting your jewellery professionally cleaned once a year; this will help it look shiny, and allows a trained professional to check for any damage that you might not notice. Alongside annual cleanings, you can also keep your jewellery looking its best at home by following our simple advice.
If you’re interested in finding out more about our Cleaning and Polishing Service at Michael Jones Jeweller, you can fill out an online enquiry form, call us on 01604 632 548, or visit one of our branches and speak with one of our lovely team members.