No new jewels for you this Dhanteras? We know just the feeling. But you can always make grandma’s old things (the ones you inherited) sparkle like new.
1. What nobody tells you about emeralds is that they are more fragile than an egg. If you drop it, it may crack. The thing with these pretty green stones is that over time, their lustre tends to fade away. All you have to do dip a toothpick or ear bud in baby oil and put it on the emerald (but make sure it doesn’t travel to other stones). Then put your emerald jewellery on butter paper and dry it under a lamp.
2. If you’ve got any diamond jewellery that’s started to look a bit old and dirty over the years, you can wash it at home. Put your jewellery piece in pan filled with water and a little detergent, place it on a stove, and bring it to boil. Then take the piece out and clean it with a very soft brush. Then dip the piece in a bowl full of cold water. And dry it under a lamp.
3. If you have expensive pearls like Basra or South Sea pearls and are planning to get them strung together, make sure there’s a knot after every pearl so they don’t get damaged by rubbing against each other.
You’re not supposed to just dump all your precious gems together. Technique is the key. And here’s how you must store your jewellery:
1.Never clump all your jewellery together. The stones may get scratched; the diamonds or polki may come loose. Always keep every jewellery-set separately.
2.Kundan comes from Bikaner where humidity is about six per cent. The point being, if you’ve got any Kundan sets (set with polki, glass, stones or something else) you’ve got to create a mini Bikaner to store them. Er, essentially, a no-humidity zone. No moisture or water whosoever. Save the fancy jewellery boxes for something else. Wrap up your Kundan in a white muslin cloth and then store in an airtight container. (This also means, don’t sweat when you wear Kundan. Er, literally. No dancing or anything that makes you perspire. And spray the perfume far, far away.)
3. Silver is a sucker for getting tarnished. Don’t buy it if you can’t take care of it. But when you do, wrap it in paper and keep it in a box away from air, humidity and dust. Anything that can get to your silver, will.
4. Pearls are relatively soft and very delicate. So no bulky boxes for storing them. And no plastic. Always keep them in a soft cloth pouch in a place which is not too warm or it’ll dry them.
From HT Brunch, November 11
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