Caring For Your Hattie Banks Jewelry
Posted on June 11 2019
We pride ourselves on making jewelry that is elegant, sophisticated and simple enough to either be worn casually day-to-day or on special occasions. If you're wearing our pieces day-to-day, chances are, they'll get dirty. And if you're saving them for special events, I'm sure you want them to stay as pristine as possible. In both of these regards, it's up to you to care for your fine jewelry to the best of your ability. Here's what we recommend over at HB to keep your pieces in their best condition, for as long as you have them.
How To Store Your Fine Jewelry
Keep your jewelry in controlled room temperature without humidity
Each piece should be kept separate from other jewelry in a soft, lined container.
Hang necklaces separately or store necklaces in separate bags, always clasped to avoid tangles
Fine Jewelry Cleaning Techniques
The best thing you can do is invest in a jewelry cleaner (we’ve listed some of our favorites below). However, you can also use a mild face wash such as Cetaphil if you already have it at home.
Clean each piece individually by taking a soft toothbrush and rubbing each piece gently. Do not scrub your pieces - they are delicate and need to be treated carefully!
After cleaning, you have to dry your jewelry. You can use the polishing cloth that came with your sunglasses if you still have it! Before you pack your pieces away, lay them out until they are fully dry. You want to try to avoid transferring any excess moisture into your jewelry storage unit if you can help it.
To reduce tarnishing on silver pieces, create your own cleansing solution. Combine three parts baking soda with one part water and mix until it’s reached a soapy consistency. Let your pieces soak in the solution for three minutes and then use your soft toothbrush to finish it off. Rinse your jewelry with cool water when you’re done, and then pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Note: this solution will eliminate tarnish, so only use when necessary.
To clean your favorite gold pieces and precious gems, your best option is to use a fine jewelry cleaner. If you don’t have one, you can also use the same homemade solution we shared for cleaning silver, or you can mix your mild face wash with a bit of club soda. Gently rub the solution of your choice on each individual piece with your soft toothbrush, then dry with your polishing cloth. PS - Why mix with carbonated instead of flat water? Studies show that the carbonation helps loosen the tiny debris that cause your jewels to appear dirty or clogged.
Pearls are INCREDIBLY porous, so it is easy for them to appear dull. To fix this problem clean them gently with a mild soap and water solution. Be sure to lay them flat to dry, as pearl strands are often prone to unwanted expansion when wet.
HB-Approved At Home Jewelry Cleaners