A love affair with luxury jewels lasts a lifetime, even though it’s never guaranteed that the pieces themselves will. And falling for jewelry is easy when the gorgeous pieces are timeless classics that go with everything – a sentiment that couldn’t be truer when it comes to the ‘Alhambra’ collection by Van Cleef & Arpels.
However, if longevity is desired, proper maintenance must be a top priority. In fact, several factors come into play when dealing with valuable stones and high-end metals, which is why the masterminds at the luxury label have shared what it takes to keep its ‘Alhambra’ pieces in pristine condition. As it turns out, the steps are actually easy to follow and can help keep the luster and shine of every ring, necklace, and bracelet for generations – and only Savoir Flair can reveal them.
Be Mindful of Everyday Chemicals
Fragrances, soap, and acidic substances contain chemicals that don’t do your jewelry any favors. Whether we know it or not, precious stones can also be affected by makeup and lotions, so a simple ten-minute wait is recommended between putting on those daily concoctions and any of the ‘Alhambra’ pieces.
Cleaning Is Key
Take your time cleaning the pieces, using a soft, dry cloth and gentle strokes. No water should come into contact whatsoever with the mother-of-pearl items in particular – this will help maintain its iridescent quality. The same should be done for the malachite creations in order to prevent altering its protective polish. For pieces with diamonds, a soft brush with pH-neutral soap can be helpful, but do remember to use warm water to clean before wiping and buffing the diamond with a soft cloth.
Store with Care
The place we keep our jewelry is just as important as the other steps in the maintenance process. A box lined with synthetic fabric will keep the pieces in a non-abrasive setting to ensure the quality stays intact. To prevent knots and scratches, keeping the jewelry separate from other accessories is highly beneficial.
Consider All Exposure
Fresh, saline, or chlorinated water creates for an unpleasant environment for your jewels, so exposure to it must be limited – if not completely avoided. Sunlight and high temperatures for prolonged periods will be damaging as well. Diamond-encrusted pieces must be carefully protected from abrasive products such as household items or paper towels. Note these tips and their shine will never fade!