Information about Jewellery
The word Jewellery is derived from the word jewel. The first pieces of jewellery were made from natural material such as shell, wood, animal teeth and carved stone. Jewellery was created for practical uses during earlier times. That uses are for storage, pinning clothes together and for wealth. It has been used exclusively for decoration in recent times.
Jewellery was often made for people of high importance to show their status and, in many cases, they were buried with it. There are many more types of Jewellery, it has been made to adorn nearly every body part from Hairpins to toe rings. Jewellery is made from gemstones and precious metals is high quality jewellery. jewellery where design and creativity is prized above material value is called Art Jewellery, and there is also growing demand for this Jewellery. Costume Jewellery is less costly, made from less valuable materials and mass produced.
Taking care of gemstones
Steam cleaning is quite effective but can result in thermal shock because of the often-quick temperature change. It can result in cracking because parts of the stone are forced to expand at different times. Most gemstones can be immersed in a solution of mild detergent and warm water.
Likewise with pearls; although soaking can result in discoloration, so this should always be avoided. After soaking for a few minutes, gently clean the stone with a soft brush. Pearls should be dried after cleaning, using a soft towel, and air-blown dry. Extra care should be taken to remove dirt from the bottom of the setting, a common place for build-up to occur.
Care for Antique Gemstones
Gemstones are a valuable part of any piece of antique jewellery. Common sense is the best preventative measure when caring for any antique gemstone. Although the metal components of ornaments often receive the most attention, gemstone care is equally as important.
Hairdryers should never be used to dry freshly-cleaned gemstones, and no pieces should ever come in contact with chlorine. It is crucial to protect antique jewellery as a whole, in order to maintain as much value as possible over time.