Watches and fine jewelry can be wonderful investments, as these items are both valuable and functional. Yet preserving the beauty and worth of your pieces requires some effort, since many things can damage precious metals and gemstones. Here are some basic guidelines to follow in order to protect your jewelry:
- Remove items when doing chores. Chemicals such as bleach can discolor precious metals and stones, and there is always a danger of dropping a ring down the drain. Be sure to take jewelry off before doing manual labor or chores, and keep items in a safe spot when you are not wearing them.
- Store pieces securely. While jewelry is subject to wear and tear from regular use, it can also be damaged within a storage container. Make sure to isolate pieces from one another using a jewelry box with separate lined compartments or individual pouches made from a durable material. This will prevent relatively soft substances, such as gold, from being scratched by contact with harder metals and stones.
- V?isit a jewelry professional for annual maintenance. Pawn shops that sell fine jewelry may also provide cleaning and repair services. Having your jewelry professionally cleaned every few months can keep it sparkling like new, and asking an expert to examine it once each year for damage such as loose stones, scratches, and nicks can prevent major financial loss related to wear and tear.
- Clean jewelry properly. Most items can be cleaned with a gentle dishwashing liquid and warm water and polished dry with a soft cloth. However, speak with a professional at your local pawn shop before deciding on a method for cleaning your jewelry. Keep in mind that many pieces contain a variety of stones and metals, and may therefore require a milder approach to cleansing than you might expect.
For more tips on preserving your fine jewelry or to receive cash for beat-up old gold pieces, visit Gem Pawnbrokers in NYC. Call us today at (718) 225-5436 to learn about our current selection of watches and jewelry.