Take right care of your precious jewellery this monsoon

New Delhi, July 7  (IANS) Moisture levels hit a high  during the monsoon season and while studded gold jewellery is more prone  to scratches and dirt, it doesnt hurt to keep your prized possessions  moisture-free as well. Keeping separate holders to putting silica  packets are some of the ways of keeping these items safe during such  weather.Here are some simple tips by Swapnil Eaga, co-founder of  Zinarya.com, and Rahul Aggarwal, Director of SRS Jewells, to keep your  jewelry safe and glittering during this monsoon season.* Prefer a  jewellery box with soft interior and hard exterior: It is good if you  have a sturdy jewellery box that provides adequate protection to your  prized possessions. The sturdy exterior should be able to protect  against the outer pressure and a soft interior saves the articles from  being scratched and preserves the original lustre.Make sure that the jewellery box contains different sections for keeping a variety of jewellery.*  Keep separate jewellery holders for each jewellery type: Avoid common  storage of silver, gold, diamond, and pearl in the same container. There  are chances of getting scratched if they rub against each other. Silver  jewellery can also get tarnished like other gold and copper.Keeping  them in one place can also increase the chances of entanglement. You  can use different zip-lock bags as you can fold and place them amid your  clothing items inside the closet to keep rings and necklaces from  breaking.* Put Silica packets in the jewellery box: Considering  the amount you spend on jewellery, it makes sense to take extra care to  protect it. A good option is to keep Silica in your jewellery boxes to  absorb the excess moisture. Another solution is to keep your jewellery  in air-tight plastic bags or boxes. This gives the metal alloys in your  jewellery less oxygen to react to.* Avoid wearing metallic  jewellery: Avoid wearing delicate jewellery as much as possible in the  rain as this can cause some metals to tarnish. If unavoidable, make sure  you dry them thoroughly before you put them back in the box. Metals  like gold and platinum don't require a lot of care, but silver jewellery  can easily get affected.Silver has a tendency of turning black and during monsoon it is more prone to corrosion; so it needs attention.*  Clean it with warm water: Take extra care of your jewellery while  cleaning. During Monsoon season, jewellery items are more prone to turn  darker in colour. So, to avoid that, wash your jewellery in warm water  and dry it with clean cotton.