At Lucy & Mui, our jewelry is designed to be worn and loved. Each piece is handcrafted with love as we are inspired to create beautiful heirlooms that can stand the test of time. To keep them looking their very best, they need a little extra TLC from you. Here, we’ll share some advice on how to keep your precious pieces sparkling for years to come.
Read on as we debunk some myths about caring for your jewelry.
1 | I need expensive solvents/cleaners to clean my jewelry.
Our philosophy is simple: less is more. More often than not, you’ll find that warm water with gentle soap (hand soap or mild dishwash) and a soft toothbrush work wonders for your piece.
Avoid solvents that are acidic or alcohol-based as they may be too harsh on your delicate jewelry. While ultrasonic cleaners are useful for tougher stains on metals like gold and silver, be careful if your pieces contain precious gemstones. The general rule of thumb is: the more brittle the stone, the more likely it is to be damaged in an ultrasonic cleaner. Even diamonds, which are very durable stones, are at risk of damage if they have been treated or colored before. Pearls are very soft, so putting them in an ultrasonic cleaner might partly dissolve them.
That being said, if you would like a dedicated, gentle gem cleaner, check out our Gem Pen at 19 USD.
2 | I can sleep in my jewelry.
While petite pieces like diamond earrings are generally safe to sleep in, be more cautious with your rings or necklace that are more likely to get caught in things like your hair or sheets when you’re tossing and turning on your bed.
To avoid loose or scratched stones, we advise removing your jewelry before going to bed. All our jewelry comes in our signature black and gold boxes (or velvet boxes) - these are great options to stow your jewelry, and make for a pretty little keepsake too! Be sure to keep them in the same spot every night so that you don’t misplace them.
3 | I can leave my jewelry on when I'm doing my beauty routine.
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There is good reason to follow this guideline. Lotions, perfumes, makeup, and hairsprays usually contain harsh chemicals that can react unfavorably with your jewelry. To avoid potential damage, it’s best to wear them after you’ve done your beauty routine.
The same applies when you’re wearing your clothes. To avoid them getting caught on your sweater or t-shirt, wear your jewelry after putting on your clothes and remove them first before taking them off.
4 | I can use hand sanitizer with my rings on.
During this time, when we’re all washing and sanitizing our hands more frequently, you may be wondering how this could affect the rings on your hand. Hand sanitizer contains rubbing alcohol and will not hurt solid gold or tougher gemstones like diamonds and sapphires.
However, be careful with white gold rings as repeated exposure to hand sanitizers and cleaning agents can cause a build-up of residue and wear them down a little faster.
Pearls are much more delicate, so they won’t be friends with your hand sanitizer. It’s best to remove your pearl ring before sanitizing. Give your hands sufficient time to dry before wearing your ring again.
While safety is our utmost priority now, taking care of our rings is important too. Clean your rings weekly with warm water and gentle soap to retain their sparkle. After all, a pandemic is only temporary. Heirlooms are meant to last a lifetime.
5 | The sun is okay for my jewelry.
Prolonged exposure to UV light and heat can damage or alter the color of your precious gemstones. So when it comes to storing jewelry, do keep them away from direct sunlight.
Consider keeping your jewelry boxes inside a closet or drawer that is consistently dark and cool. Low humidity, no sunlight, and cool temperature are the best storing conditions for your fine jewelry.
6 | I don't have to organize my jewelry separately.
While some of us may be okay being an "organized mess", this oxymoron may not work when it comes to storing jewelry. To prevent unnecessary scratches and tarnishes, organization is key.
Our pro tip is to separate your jewelry by metals. This means that costume jewelry should be kept away from fine jewelry. This helps prevent the metals from tarnishing when they interact with one another.
Treat every piece of your jewelry with care. Opt for a jewelry box with individually lined compartments and dividers so that each piece has its own space. Cracks and scratches can be created when they are piled on top of each other. So it’s best to avoid such a situation.
Stackers offers a wide variety of jewelry boxes with sizes that cater to your specific needs, and even travel pouches for ladies who are always on the go. If you're seeking some organizing inspiration, have a look at their website.
7 | I can soak pearls in soapy water just like I would for other gemstones.
Pearls are formed when mollusks secrete nacre, which is what gives pearls their luster and shine. Due to their porous nature, soaking pearls in cleaning water could be harmful to the natural nacre coating.
If you notice visible stains, you can mix a solution of warm water and gentle soap, wet a soft cleaning cloth with the solution and gently wipe your pearls. Allow the entire piece to dry completely before wearing or storing it.
8 | I can wipe my jewelry with paper towels.
When it comes to polishing jewelry, a lint-free, microfiber, or any other soft non-abrasive cloth is your best option. Paper towels and tissues contain fibers that can scratch your fine jewelry, especially more delicate ones like pearls, so do avoid those.
To keep your fine jewelry looking their very best, we recommend bringing them to a professional once every year. Not only does it guarantee a more thorough cleaning, but it’s also a good opportunity to check for loose stones and address any wear or damage issues.
Every gemstone is unique, and each deserves individual attention and care. Some are softer and more porous while others are color-treated and more sensitive to external damage. Always ask your jeweler for advice that’s tailored to your piece. Do ample research so that you know how to protect and preserve your jewelry for generations to come.