Gold is one of the oldest metals known to man, with its existence believed to be discovered even before 3600 BC.
Men from all walks of life have been mesmerised by its glitter and yellow beauty.
Egyptians were the earliest to use gold. It predominantly featured among the Robes of Kinds and Pharaohs.
Their rock carvings give proof of the use of gold in jewellery forever 5000 years.
The softness of gold means it needs certain specific care to prevent damage. A few tips on how you can care for your precious jewellery:
To clean gold jewellery use warm water and cotton wool. For heavy soiling use a weak solution of warm water and detergent-free soap.
For deep cleaning, immerse gold jewellery in boiling water with just a pinch of sodium bicarbonate, for a few seconds. Carefully dry the jewellery immediately with a soft cotton cloth. (If the jewellery contains Gemstones, this method should be avoided.)
If Time cannot be devoted personally to take care of your jewellery, it is advised to contact your jewellery for the needful.
Diamonds may be the hardest substance on earth, but they are not indestructible.
While they can be cut or polished only by another diamond, a hard blow can cause them to chip.
Platinum, a naturally white metal, never fades, does not change color. It is the optimal setting for diamonds or other gemstones as the naturally white metal doesn’t reflect any colr onto the stones, enhancing their brilliance.
Typically 95% pure platinum is one of the purest precious metals. Platinum’s purity makes it naturally hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin.
The density of platinum makes it highly durable, so it doesn’t wear away over time. Therefore, platinum engagement rings and wedding bands are everlasting, perfect for a lifetime of everyday wear.
Platinum’s strength and durability makes it the most secure settling for diamonds and precious gemstones. Platinum prongs offer better protection for diamonds, which is why the most significant diamonds from the Hope Diamond to the 60-Carat Taylor-Burton Diamond are all set in platinum.
Store pieces separately, in a jewellery box or chamois bag so they don’t get scratched by other items
Clean platinum in the same way you clean other free jewellery to maintain its fine appearance and ensure that it lasts. Either use a mild solution of soap and warm water and gently rub it with a soft cloth, or buy a jewellery cleaning solution.
All precious metals scratch, and platinum is no exception. It is unique in that the metal is only displaced, not lost. Have your platinum jewellery polished if you are interested in maintaining a high shine. Look for a qualified jeweller or platinum trained bench worker for all adjustments, resizing, polishing and cleaning.Can I wear my platinum ring a while doing housework such as cleaning or gardening?
Ideally, you should remove your platinum jewellery when undertaking housework. It is also advisable not to handle bleach or harsh chemicals when wearing your jewellery. Although they wont damage the platinum chemicals may discolour diamonds or gemstones.
All precious metals age with daily wear. Over time, platinum develops a rich finish called a platina but it doesn’t wear away. Many people prefer the patina look. but you can have your platinum jewellery polished if you prefer maintaining a high shine.
Gemstones come in countless colors that mesmerize the eye. For years, these precious stones have captured the admiration and fancy of royalties to celebrities to commoners. Few have been able to resist the appeal of these coloured stones. They become even more irresistible when captured in timeless colours.
The qualities of a Gem are determined by its colour, appearance close to being the most, if not the most important attribute while assessing the value of a gemstone. Their beauty should also be able to stand the tests of time. If a gemstone is scratched or crumbled, it loses its value immediately.
Gemstones are durable, but some require special care:
Pearls are amongst the oldest and most universal of all gems. They are the oldest jewels known to man and the only gem made by a living animal. The oldest surviving pearl necklace is nearly 2000 years old and was found in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess.
Pearls have been used to display wealth and power. They have also stood as symbols of purity, chastity and feminine charm.
The value of pearls was such that it is claimed that once a pearl earring paid for a Roman general’s political campaign.
The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold.
Avoid direct contact of sanitizers or sanitized skin with pearls until completely dry before putting on your pearls.
As with perfumes and hairspray, the alcohol in the hand sanitizer can change the surface of the pearl, causing noticeable differences such as loss of luster and change in color if repeatedly exposed to such chemicals.