Tips on sanitising your jewellery

Jewellery is precious, that is true, but your health is all the more so! 

I almost never take it off to wash my hands, and certainly not to sanitize. I’m betting most wearers are the same.

 Hand sanitizers come in two varieties: alcohol-based and non–alcohol-based.

The ones with alcohol are benign to jewellery items as alcohol is the main germ-killing ingredient. However, non–alcohol-based ones typically use chlorine-based compounds as germicides.
These chlorine compounds could react with water and release free chlorine. Free chlorine radical is very reactive and could cause tarnishing of jewellery. Also, halogens are known to cause stress corrosion cracking in golds.

It is worth noting, in this case, that the CDC recommends using alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content. As long as you’re doing that, your metal will probably stay in great shape!

Soaps.
Soaps can contain abrasives, that could damage the surface of jewellery and cause plating to be worn away quicker.

What about gemstones?
It won’t damage them, but can leave a filmy residue on the stones over time.

But more importantly keep safe! 

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