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Jewellery care in Holi

india Updated: Mar 16, 2011 00:30 IST
Hindustan Times

Here are some tips to keep your jewelery well this Diwali.

1 Clean with care:

Strut out in style with your jewellery this Holi, but once the celebrations are over, remember to clean them in the right way and store in zip-lock bags to avoid pigmentation due to oxidisation.

2 For platinum, silver and gold jewellery:

Dark spots appear when these metals are exposed to the wet skin. Use a soft brush to remove these marks with soap water.

3 Pearl play:

The layers of nacre, of which a pearl is made, are very soft and easily damaged. Pearls also eaten away by chemicals and alcohol. Wash cultured pearls in mild, soap water.

4 For diamond and gemstones:

Avoid wearing a delicate setting if you plan to play whole heartedly. However, if your diamonds get tinted, soak them in warm water, mixed with 1-2 drops of ammonia based household cleaner (like gentle liquid dishwasher). Use a gentle tooth brush to remove residues. Rinse thoroughly in plain water and air-dry.

5 Professional care:

You can also use professional cleaning sprays. Spray and leave for one minute and then rinse thoroughly in plain water.

(With inputs from Saraswathi Arjunan, Gordon Max)