If you’ve invested in a high-quality watch, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect it. This is especially true if your watch is made of valuable metals like silver (which was first mined 5,000 years ago in 3000 B.C.) or gold. Regardless of what materials your time piece contains, be sure to follow these five important tips. They’ll allow you to care for your jewelry so you can enjoy it for many years to come (and even pass it on to future generations).
Proper storage is key for longevity. When time pieces are haphazardly thrown into a drawer or dish, this can easily damage the components. You should keep the storage box your watch came in and store your time piece in that when it’s not being worn. This will provide much more protection and can also help scatterbrained jewelry-owners keep track of their time (both literally and figuratively).
If you want to care for your jewelry the right way, you should keep these time pieces away from chemicals, sunlight, and magnets. Sun exposure can make your watch fade or could even shorten the lifespan of your watch battery. Chemicals like cleaning supplies or perfumes can damage the watch band or can lead to a lackluster finish. And magnets can actually have a negative impact on your watch’s ability to keep time. As a rule, you should remove your watch and store it if you’ll be out in the sun, cleaning the house, or working with any magnetic elements.
You might be surprised to find just how dirty your watch might get. You should wipe down the band and face of the watch with a soft cloth frequently to remove dirt and dust. You may be able to wash certain bands in soap and water, but if you have a leather band, be sure to use only leather care products.
The majority of watches you’ll see have at least some resistance to water, but that doesn’t mean it’s fine to get them wet. Vintage watches also tend to lose their water resistance with time, so don’t make assumptions about how resistant it might be to H20. Small splashes of water are fine, but unless your manufacturer explicitly says it’s built for taking a swim, err on the side of caution.
Even if you properly care for your jewelry at home, it could probably still use a professional tune-up every now and then. Mechanical watches should be serviced every two-to-three years, while quartz watch owners can wait three-to-four years between appointments. And if you spot a scratch or other damages, take your watch into your jeweler’s right away; these flaws will only get bigger (and more expensive to fix) if you wait.
Jewelry care might feel like an inconvenience, but it’s by far the best way to prevent damage and ensure your pieces last a lifetime. For more information on jewelry care or on our maintenance services, contact us today.