One can not deny the fact that due to coronavirus, reality has changed drastically over the last few months. With the cure of this deadly disease is still under process, new norms are being brought into account, people have started to adjust themselves to the increased hygiene habits to stop spreading the virus. The current pandemic situation compels humanity to find alternatives to minimising the potential risk of infection.
With one of the prior habits adapted – Handwashing, is certainly now the standard behaviour for most of the people.
Everyone on social media is now shouting from their current fences to ‘Wash your hands!’ Even if you do not catch a cold, coughs or sneezes and stay safe fro it, the virus can end up on any surfaces. If someone else gets in touch with that contaminated surface, he or she gets the virus onto their hands. A 2015 study says that People touch their faces on an average of 23 times an hour. So amidst this gust of persistent handwashing, are we forgetting jewellery like engagement rings, wedding rings, necklaces? How can you clean or sterilise your silver jewellery this COVID-19 outbreak? This is like a fair question at this current point.
Why cleaning your jewellery is necessary now?
While washing your hands, you should also disinfect your rings too. There would be no point in handwashing if you are just going to wear contaminated rings back on your clean hands. It is not that you stop wearing your favourite silver jewellery at all thinking it to be the right decision. Hand rings and bracelets create an ideal place for these viruses to grow, and they flourish in the crannies of our hands.
Here’s taking a look at what you need to do to clean your jewellery
No washing with a sanitizer:
Don’t go into wearing your silver jewellery just using hand sanitizer, There is a possibility of you definitely running into the problem. Hand sanitizers being highly alcohol-based are quite harmful to precious metals and certain gemstones and might wound up with more bacteria on your hands afterwards. Avoid using hand sanitizer on gems, or American diamonds as it can damage the surface slowly but badly and damage the value, integrity and brilliance of the stone or silver.
Use Warm Water(Lukewarm) :
What is the best way to maintain the sparkling and cleanliness of your wedding ring or gemstone ring or band ring?
One of the best and easiest ways to keep those American diamonds or gemstones dazzling like new is to keep the dipped in warm water and dish soap solution for some time. The effectiveness of soap and water combination cannot be denied. Soaking your rings in a solution of warm water and a mild soap help loosen all sorts of debris and germs. The coronavirus is nothing but a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link in the lipid(fatty) bilayer. The mild soap dissolves the fat membrane and the coronavirus quickly falls apart and dies. Use a soft-bristled brush to work the solution away followed by gently rubbing with a soft cloth.
Though ammonia is not registered as a disinfectant, it is a powerful cleaner that removes the layers of film left behind by alcoholic gel, soaps and any other cleaning products, making your jewels sparkling like they have been bought from the shop. Soak your rings for about 10 minutes in a solution with one part containing ammonia and two parts warm water. After removing them from the solution, wipe them with a clean and soft cloth and leave them undisturbed to dry. This DIY method is very useful seeking the condition currently instead of going to a jewellery cleaner.
Just as people have included in their habits to was their hands, in the same way, develop a routine that you can easily follow and stick to it. Not only in this pandemic outbreak but also once the situation has improved, it is best to maintain a schedule. If you are not wearing your jewellery for a while, make sure to follow the cleaning the process before securing them in a box or bag.
Avoid wearing Heavy jewellery:
Considering the outbreak when everyone is supposed to stay at home, it is advisable to avoid wearing precious stones, semi-precious jewellery at home. The reason is that they are tough to clean regularly and secondly the more the jewellery the more vulnerable it becomes for the virus to at attached to the surface. Since the Jewelry holds importance to you, take your precious jewels away for a time being.
Following the steps will not only save your gemstones, silver jewellery, American diamonds from coming in contact with a deadly virus, but you will give your contribution to help keep the community, germ-free.