Preusser Jewelers: Tips for Protecting Valuable and Vintage Jewelry
Whether your most cherished piece of jewelry is a valuable collector’s item, a family heirloom, or a particular piece you simply love, protecting your items and ensuring that they remain in good condition is important. It can take some planning, attention to detail, and occasionally some help from professionals, but protecting your favorite pieces of jewelry will ensure lifelong enjoyment and the preservation of the special value they have for you. Read on in today’s blog from Preusser Jewelers for helpful advice for protecting your valuable and vintage jewelry.
Be Careful When Wearing Your Jewelry
When you are planning to wear your favorite piece of jewelry, it is important to think ahead and anticipate if there is a chance that the item may be damaged. Planning ahead and taking simple steps to protect your jewelry will help ensure it is safe and secure. It may be something as simple as tucking a delicate necklace under your blouse before leaving the house on a rainy day. Perhaps an heirloom necklace has a clasp that sometimes gets caught in your hair and comes undone, so it is necessary to plan ahead and wear an updo hairstyle to keep the necklace safe. Make sure to avoid wearing your favorite jewelry when you are gardening, exercising, or using astringent cleaning products.
Be Careful When Cleaning Your Jewelry
There is a lot of advice about cleaning jewelry available out there, and not all of it is good advice for cleaning valuable or vintage items. Even widely used jewelry cleaning products are not safe to use on valuable or vintage pieces. The safest course of action is to use a dry jewelry cleaning cloth. If you do use moisture of any kind to clean vintage jewelry, simply use water. If your vintage or valuable jewelry requires more extensive cleaning, turn to a trusted professional, such as the experts at Preusser Jewelers.
Store Your Jewelry Safely
When you return home with your cherished jewelry items, make sure that you put them away safely. That means putting them in a dry, cool, soft place, such as a fabric-lined jewelry box. For extra protection, put individual pieces in separate pouches, made of soft natural fabric such as cotton or velvet. If you are traveling with your jewelry, make sure each piece is stored separately and securely, to prevent damage caused by friction between pieces. For items of jewelry that are especially valuable to you, it may be worth considering using a locked safe or a safe deposit box for storage.
Have Your Jeweler Inspect Items Twice a Year
Even if you take wonderful care of your valuable and vintage jewelry, it is recommended to take the items for inspection twice a year by a trusted jeweler. This can prevent small problems from becoming big problems. It may take a little extra time, but the careful inspection of your jewelry will ensure a lifetime of enjoyment.
Protect Your Jewelry with Help from Preusser Jewelers
At Preusser Jewelers, our goal is to help you select, protect and appraise your valuable collection of jewelry. We offer exceptional designer collections to select from, an in-house design studio, cleaning and repair services, as well as professional appraisal and valuation. Preusser Jewelers is proud to have served our community for more than 150 years. Contact us today to speak to a friendly and experienced jeweler and discover everything we can offer.