Jewellery Decontamination: How COVID-19 Affects Your Diamonds

Jewellery Decontamination: How COVID-19 Affects Your Diamonds

GS Diamonds know all about precious gemstones and diamonds. And we are not indifferent to the well-being of our customers; therefore, we hasten to give qualified recommendations regarding the handling of jewellery during a tense epidemiological situation. Your jewellery is an integral part of you. Also, it is always in close contact with your body. Sadly, it is jewellery that can become a fomite — a source of danger during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, do not be scared in vain. In fact, it depends on reasonable precautionary rules and adherence to hygiene recommendations (as always, right?). So let's list the rules that protect your health and your favorite jewellery.

COVID-19 epidemic: how to protect yourself from infection?

So, how to protect yourself from becoming infected with the virus? According to the World Health Organization, a disease can be transmitted from person to person through objects and small droplets that move from the nose or mouth of a COVID-19 patient by coughing or sneezing.

World Health Organization medical experts advise:

  • stay away from a sick person at a distance of more than 1 meter;
  • regularly treat your hands with an alcohol-containing product or wash them with soap;
  • minimize contact of hands with eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with your elbow or napkin, which you must dispose of immediately after use.

But not only hands and wipes can accumulate the virus on their surface. Our gadgets, personal items, and of course, jewellery need to be sanitized too. Let's find out how to do it right to protect health but not harm precious metals and stones.

How to care for jewellery during a virus outbreak?

Your jewellery, which does not part with you even in public transport, shops, and other crowded places, can be one of the primary sources of bacteria and viruses. Paying attention to their hygiene is essential regardless of the pandemic, but especially now. Hand washing does not always completely solve the problem because water and disinfectants cannot get under the ring, which sits tightly on the finger. Besides, many owners of expensive jewellery do not clean them, fearing damage.

We love rings no less than you, but now is the time to put the rational ahead of the emotional. Therefore, it's best to leave at home convex, complicated, detailed jewellery that is difficult to clean quickly. Return your jewellery in its original box to keep it away from sunlight. Let them have quarantine too.

Secondly, you must strictly observe hand hygiene. After visiting public places and the toilet, always wash your hands thoroughly and wipe them with a disposable towel. It is advisable to carry antiseptic wipes.

Soap and alcohol-containing solutions are the easiest way to disinfect your diamond jewellery at home quickly. As with hand washing, you can use any soap for these purposes, but it's best to take baby soap. It contains the least chemicals that can adversely affect your gold jewellery with diamonds. Soak the ring in soapy water for a couple of minutes, then rinse under running water.

Use a microfiber hand towel to dry the jewellery. This fabric is quite soft and will help to wipe the product gently. A soft, lint-free cloth can bring shine. With it, you will remove the soapy residue that may appear on the jewellery after using a cleaning agent.

It is best to treat jewellery against influenza viruses, SARS, and coronavirus with alcohol-based napkins and gel. Also, alcohol solutions add shine to the stone, disinfect it, and remove dirt. Just do not use coloring alcohols for this purpose — cognac, whiskey, and other drinks.

The popular antiseptic chlorhexidine is more designed to protect against bacteria, but in extreme cases, you can use it.

Avoid getting chlorine and iodine on jewellery: alkalis hurt precious metals and stones. They can leave dark spots on gold and platinum.

As you can see, the personal protective measures recommended by WHO are quite suitable for jewellery. Masters advise dipping the ring in alcohol, and then merely wiping it with a soft cloth, this method gives good results and does not harm either stone or metal. The main thing is not to scratch or damage the stones and precious metal during the cleaning.

To avoid these risks, clean the jewellery with a jeweler. Our specialist team will expertly clean and polish your dazzling GS Diamonds piece. We use the best equipment and facilities to clean diamond jewellery thoroughly. Cleaning should be regular and accompanied by checking all the stone fixings, as well as the condition of the precious metal: it may need a little polishing to remove scratches and damage.

Finally, we advise you to choose jewellery that can be worn around the neck during the quarantine. Not only necklaces but also a favorite ring can be worn on a chain around the neck under clothes. It's also the time for earrings and bracelets. Be careful with the rings.

It is worth saying that noble metals are safe, natural, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic. By the way, there is an opinion: “A given gem has much greater power than a purchased gem”. Perhaps your jewellery will become a talisman for you and your loved ones? But only if you also take care of them correctly. Be healthy and beautiful!

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