Care of jewellery

Pear-shaped amethyst from Kampong Thom province set in sterling silver.

With the right care your jewellery can last a lifetime. Stones such as rubies and sapphires are normally hard (less vulnerable to scratching) and tough (less vulnerable to breaking) and can be worn everyday. Others, such as opal, are more vulnerable to hard knocks and are best worn just from time to time.

The best way to put on and take off a ring is by handling just the ring shank – the band that goes around the finger. This helps keep the gemstone clean and stone setting clean.

Padded jewellery boxes or cases are ideal for storage or travel, as they stop pieces scratching or damaging each other.

It is always a good idea to remove jewellery when using strong cleaners or solvents.

Some chlorination treatments in swimming pools may also affect jewellery, so it is best to remove fine jewellery before swimming.

If your jewellery needs cleaning, it can be done with a soft clean cloth and warm, soapy water. Never use harsh cleaning chemicals and never scrub with a toothbrush. A jeweller can provide ultrasonic cleaning and steam cleaning, but note that while these are safe for many stones, some softer gemstones should definitely not be cleaned this way.

Travelling with jewellery

Some simple tips for travelling with jewellery:

  • Take jewellery in your carry-on bag, not in checked baggage.
  • Before you leave home, lay the pieces out and take a photograph in case anything is lost or stolen.
  • Loop a thin necklace chain through a drinking straw to stop it getting tangled.
  • Attach a pair of stud earrings to a large button to keep them together.
  • If your hotel room has a room safe, keep your jewellery in it.

Our Phnom Penh store is a 5-minute walk from the museum, and just behind the royal palace, at Number 9 Street 184. We’re on the map here.