People have different choices for their cremation jewelry. However, most people prefer to wear their cremation jewelry on a daily basis. After all, the jewelry is meant to rekindle memories as often as possible and carrying it around is a perfect way to do it.
If properly taken care of, you can have your cremation jewelry for several years, perhaps even passing it on to your kin. A determining factor of how you take care of your cremation jewel is the material it is made of. Whether golden, Silver, Stainless steel or rhodium plated, there are different ways of taking care of each.
1- Keeping the jewel’s case.
One of the easiest ways of keeping your jewelry for longer is having it in a case or safe, whenever you are not wearing it, use its case to preserve it. Be careful to maintain the case in which you bought your jewelry, for it will play a key role in ensuring that your valuable piece is well kept. It will be helpful in keeping it away from dirt and water. The case also maintains several other aspects such as how special the jewel is and still distinguishes it from other gemstones.
Most jewel cases are made of durable material. They are also easy to close and open for quick access. Take advantage of the case and store your cremation jewelry in it as opposed to placing in on bedside table. This offers your jewel safer protection. It is also easier to locate it when you want to wear it.
2- Cleaning your cremation jewelry regularly.
Cleaning your jewelry often will keep it away from accumulating substances that may alter its lure. If your jewel contains elements whose cleaning needs special care, it is advisable to consult with the relevant experts. For instance, if your jewelry is made of Sterling silver, you can look for special cloths used to polish them. Avoid using paper towels as these might scratch the sterling silver.
Jewelry containing gemstones should be given more care as different types of stones are cleaned using different methods. Seeking advice from a commercial cleaner or jeweler might help.
To polish your jewelry, make smooth strokes back and forth and make frequent changes on the position being polished. Avoid going against the grain but rather go along the grain to avoid scratching the surface
Remove Your Jewelry when performing some tasks such as bathing and washing.
Substances such as soap, cosmetic creams, wax polish and even body oils may build up on your jewel thus forming an undesirable layer. Before taking a bath, remove your jewelry to minimize contact with such substances.
Additionally, if your cremation jewelry contains ash, removing it before bathing will keep the ash from mixing with water. At the same time, keep away your jewelry from has chemicals such as the detergents you use to clean your car or house.
Although some tasks may not cause instant damage to jewel, continuous exposure may do irreversible damage.
3- Do not attempt to fix a broken jewel on your own.
Checking your jewelry for any damages on a regular basis is an essential step in taking care of it. If you wear your jewelry on a daily basis, make sure you check out for any physical damages before wearing it and while removing. If you notice any damage on your jewel, avoid fixing it on your own as this might just cause greater harm on the piece. Instead, consult a jeweler so that the repair can be done professionally.
4- Know what works best for the type of jewelry you choose.
Whereas there are several DIY techniques for taking care of your jewel, you must take time to understand how a given care technique might transform your jewel. In most cases, regular polishing will leave your cremation jewelry with the desired shine. However, for technical approaches, seek the advice of a professional jeweler. For instance, if your jewel contains ash and has a seal, you might need help opening it.
As time goes by and from other environmental factors, your jewelry may tarnish or fade. If you need to restore the original look of your jewel, do some research on the best way to take care of the defect.