Personal ornaments, such as rings, necklaces, and bracelets, bring a certain level of class and affluence that can’t be matched by other attire. Because it contains precious metals, handmade jade jewellery is often some of the most expensive available in the market. It is for this reason, however, that owners of these items should be aware of how to take care of their necklaces and bracelets appropriately. The following guide will list critical tips you should use when buying a jade necklace in New Zealand that is hand-crafted just for you, along with essential reminders on how to care for your precious item properly. Read on to find out more!
Intense colours work
When it comes to handmade jade jewellery, intense colourings generally work the best. Colours like lilac, white, black and green are common, with the latter being the most popular. You’ll generally find that the most expensive stones are light green.
Translucent stones are indicative of high-quality
Premium gems are translucent in appearance. However, this isn’t always the case. If the stone is translucent, then it means that the rock has not be subjected to artificial interference and has been left in its natural state, which bodes well for its longevity and quality.
Please don’t buy a stone based on its colour
Much like judging a book by its cover, purchasing handmade jade jewellery based solely off its colour is dangerous. There are millions of cheap knockoffs out there, which use colour enriching dyes to create the illusion that it is a superior option. You’ll know in a few years if you’ve been swindled since the colour of the stone will dissipate very quickly.
As the colour wanes, so too will the stone’ value and opulence. This is because handmade jade jewellery that has been treated and manipulated will ultimately compromise the structure of the stone over time. It may even break, depending on how low the quality is.
Price usually reflects the quality
You should be mindful of the price for two reasons – one, you don’t want to overspend, and two, the price often echoes the overall quality of handmade jade jewellery. If you’re somewhat unsure about relative pricing points of a jade necklace in New Zealand, ask the salesperson in-store to assist. Likewise, if you are dubious as to the quality of a “premium” product listed, ask the salesperson about the specifics of the product in question and see if the “story” lines up.
How do I take care of handmade jade jewellery?
There are many ways you can easily take care of your bracelets, rings, necklaces and the like, without having to spend a constant amount of time maintaining its quality.
Mild soap and warm water
If you notice that your new gem is dirty or less sparkly, consider using a gentle soap brand and warm water to wash out any marks on its surface. Don’t aggressively buff or dry the gem afterwards; instead, use gentle strokes and a soft towel.
Avoid chemical cleaners
We strongly recommend against using chemical cleaners on your precious stones and ornaments. Some chemicals have been known to erode the gemstones and affect their shine over time. Chlorine is one such example, so make sure you don’t wear your rings or bracelets when swimming in a chlorinated pool or spa bath.
Soft brushes can help with cleaning
Furthermore, we recommend using a soft-bristled brush to manage those small crevices between the stone and the frame on your handmade jade jewellery. It also works very well for cleaning carved pieces.
Be cautious of professional cleaners
If you take your bracelet or necklace to a professional cleaner, make sure they won’t be using a steam cleaner or an ultrasonic machine, since this might damage the ornament.