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Care & Maintenance
CARE & MAINTENANCE OF YOUR JEWELRY
- Tips for Protecting
Your Jewelry - Fine jewelry should not be worn
24/7. Also avoid wearing your jewelry when you are cooking,
cleaning, doing yard work or exercising if you want to maintain
its like-new appearance. The chlorine found in swimming
pools can affect the structural durability of white gold
and reduce the luster of softer gemstones like lapis and
turquoise. Avoid wearing your fine jewelry to the beach.
Sand can scratch the metal and affect the luster of most
gems. Use your best judgment and when it doubt, take off
your jewelry and store it safely.
Stones, even the hardest varieties like diamonds, rubies
and sapphires, can get scratched, nicked and chipped over
time. We recommend having a small tray or jewelry holder
in the kitchen or bathroom so you can take off your things,
store them safely and always know where to find them.
- Tips for Cleaning
Your Jewelry - The best way to keep jewelry looking
like new is to keep it clean. You can always bring your
jewelry into our store for a free
cleaning and check-up. At home, use a mild dishwashing
detergent, and warm water to remove dirt, soap, hand cream
residue and body oils. If needed, you can also use a soft
toothbrush to remove stubborn dirt. Diamonds, rubies and
sapphires, and other single-crystal gems can be cleaned
with a touch of ammonia in water to remove all films and
add extra sparkle.
It's important to clean your jewelry at least once a month.
Clean the gems as well as the setting. If the area underneath
any faceted gem is dirty, it will affect the stone's brilliance
and transparency. New mini steam cleaners, which can be
purchased for as little as $100, are particularly suited
to keeping your diamonds clean and brilliant.
Porous and opaque gemstones like opals, lapis lazuli, turquoise
and malachite, should never be cleaned using an ultrasonic
cleaner, ammonia or any chemical solution, which can build
up and discolor the stones. Simply wipe them clean gently
with a soft, moist cloth. Clean your pearls, coral and amber
jewelry in the same fashion. Be careful when applying hairspray,
cosmetics or perfume, which can damage these softer gems
Home ultrasonic cleaners are another option but they must
be used properly. If you have any doubt, please bring your
jewelry into the store for a free
cleaning and check-up.
- Tips for Storing and Preserving
Your Jewelry - Proper care is your best defense against expensive repairs. Store each piece of jewelry either in a separate compartment of a jewelry box, in a small plastic bag, box, case or silk pouch. If you are not careful about storage, the harder gemstones can scratch the softer ones. Because almost every gem is much harder than it's setting, they can scratch gold, silver and platinum settings. When you are purchasing a piece of fine jewelry, ask your salesperson about proper storage. At our store, we will always provide you with either a case or silk pouch free of charge.