Vintage jewelry is a link to the past. That’s why it’s such a huge responsibility to own a stunning heirloom, as you want to be able to pass it on to future generations. Whether a family member gifted you this jewelry or you purchased the piece yourself, you should know how to take care of your vintage or antique jewelry.
Only for Special Occasions
When you obtain your jewelry, it makes sense that you want to wear it everywhere, as it’s so stunning. However, it’s important to remember that your antique jewelry is a piece of history that’s at least 50 to 100 years old. If you wear your piece all the time, you increase the risk of damage.
For example, you might unintentionally knock it against something and ding it. Moreover, you should never wear your jewelry when working with harsh chemicals, as they can affect certain metals. As such, you should make it a rule to only wear your antique jewelry for special occasions.
Get It Cleaned
One of the best ways to ensure your antique or vintage jewelry keeps its value is to have a professional jeweler clean your piece. A professional will be able to clean hard-to-reach areas that you might not be able to get. You might also consider cleaning your jewelry yourself periodically with a polishing cloth to remove everyday dust and lint buildups. Moreover, it’s best to store your jewelry in a box because this will keep it clean and protect it from damage.
Have It Fitted
You’ve likely had a couple of experiences where a piece of jewelry flew off your finger due to it being an improper size. When this occurs, your jewelry can easily become damaged in the fallout, resulting in denting or chipping. If you want to take care of your vintage or antique jewelry, you should have it fitted to keep it from that avoidable damage. That way, you can wear your jewelry with pride and admiration while trusting that it’ll remain snug on your fingers.