Baby Jewelry Care Guide
Trinkets that shine on your precious little bundle of joy should never lose their sparkle. Caring for baby jewelry is important not just for the sake of maintaining its market value and longevity, but for the sake of preventing possible infections and allergies caused by accumulation of dirt, grime and corrosion on the otherwise beautiful pieces.
As opposed to common misconceptions, baby / infant jewelry care is rather simple and undemanding. More often than not, it can be done from the comfort of your home with simple kitchen ingredients. All you need is a little information on using the right procedure for the right materials and the rest will fall in place.
For absolute beginners, here is a list of failsafe baby jewelry care tips that can keep the bling on your baby’s trinkets for decades to come…
Gold Baby Jewelry Maintenance
Gold is precious. Gold is expensive and gold is very very soft. Topped with the attribute of causing no skin allergies, it is perhaps the best metal for baby jewelry. However, because it is soft, gold is prone to easy damage… breakage, scratching and losing shape being a few to mention.
Difficult as this sounds, cleaning gold baby jewelry requires no more than a ‘warm water and dish washing soap’ formula for a sparkling outcome!
What You Need: Warm Water, A Bowl, Non-Corrosive Dish Washing Soap, A Soft Toothbrush and a Microfiber cloth
What You Do: In a bowl of warm water mix in a few drops of dish washing soap. Soak the gold trinkets in the soap water for 15 to 20 minutes (more if required). Bring them out and rinse lightly under running water. Wipe with soft microfiber cloth in circular motions till it is dry.
You can use a very soft baby toothbrush to lightly scrub grime off of the surface without causing any scratches.
Best Storage: Gold should be stored very carefully in soft jewelry bags and can be placed in jewelry boxes made of natural materials like wood, metal etc. Never mix gold jewelry with other metals while storing them.
Silver Jewelry Care
Silver is one of the best trinket options for babies given that in its purest form, the metal will rarely cause an allergic reaction.
Like gold, silver is also considered to be a soft metal which makes it prone to scratching, bending and breaking. Although caring for silver calls for a slightly different approach, it is easy and can be done from home within a matter of minutes.
What You Need: Aluminum foil, laundry detergent, warm water, A soft toothbrush and a microfiber cloth or soft paper towel
What You Do: Take a bowl of suitable size and line it with Aluminum Foil. Fill it with warm water and mix in a spoonful of laundry detergent. Soak in the SilverBaby Jewelry for a few minutes. Brush the surface with a soft toothbrush. Rinse in warm water and wipe with soft paper towels / Microfiber cloth in circular motions.
Best Storage: Wrap Your baby’s Silver jewelry in moderately breathable pieces of cloth and place them in airtight containers. It's best not to keep silver, gold and other metals in the same storage container.
Baby Jewelry with Precious Stones, Semi-Precious Stones and Pearls
Baby jewelry studded with precious stones, semi precious stones and pearls require a different and more cautious approach to care and maintenance because each element may react differently to the same cleaning process and storage.
The safest approach to stone studded and pearl studded jewelry care is the ‘warm water and non-corrosive detergent soak formula’, followed by wiping with a soft cloth or paper towel. This process is least damaging and can retain optimum shine while effectively removing accumulated dirt and grime.
Supplemental Baby Jewelry Care Tips And Usage Guide You Must Know
- It is best to remove all jewelry from your baby before exposing him / her to water, may it be an everyday bath, swimming pool or a fun day at the beach.
- Always follow cleaning and care instructions mentioned in the jewelry label or box.
- Never try unproven speculative DIY cleaning hacks on baby jewelry or any jewelry for that matter.
- Always choose mild dish washing / laundry soaps for jewelry cleaning soaks.
- Be very careful while exposing baby jewelry to UV cleaning especially those with precious stones as the rays can alter the color and texture of these precious metals and stones.
- If you are not confident about at home jewelry care, it is best to take the pieces to a certified jeweler for maintenance.
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