Coronavirus pandemic changes lives. We all have to follow certain rules to stop the spread of the disease and here comes a question of how to clean and care for jewellery during coronavirus and is it safe to wear it during COVID-19 in general.
Should You Stop Wearing Your Jewellery During COVID-19?
Whether you are home or out, washing and sanitizing your hands is an essential habit to stop the spread of bacteria and to protect yourself and others.
If you are the one who is used to wear rings, bracelets and watches on a daily basis, you need to take proper care of your jewellery as well. Such hygiene measures are extremely important as the surface of your jewellery may carry microbes which can get into your organism.
Hand sanitizers are not that effective if you wear an engagement or a wedding ring. Many studies, even before COVID-19, showed that the area where the ring sits on the skin is “protected” from disinfecting.
People who don’t wear rings, bracelets and watches are able to kill more microbes than those who wear them. Thus, in the given situation, it is wise to stop wearing your jewellery to limit coronavirus transmission.
How to Properly Clean Jewellery During COVID-19
In case you are jewellery addicted and do not imagine a single day without your pieces, you should properly clean and care for your jewellery during coronavirus.
It is important to understand that if you take off your jewellery to wash or sanitize your hands and then just put it back on, you still keep germs on your hands.
It’s essential to disinfect your jewellery as well. The easiest way to do so is to wash your rings and bracelets with warm soapy water since alcohol-based sanitizers and harsh cleaners are not a friend to gemstones and precious metals.
You should also keep in mind that pearls should not be soaked in the soapy water solution. Needless to say, they should be kept away from alcohol-based hand sanitizers. These gems are quite gentle and need special care.
For harder gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires, you can occasionally use hand sanitizers, but it’s not a recommended method since hand sanitizers can damage your pieces.