While our jewelry was created to last a lifetime, there are some factors that can contribute to the everyday wear and tear of your fine jewelry.
Storing your Jewelry
Because of the high value and rarity of certain jewelry, some people like to store their jewelry in a safe when not in use. If you have individual gemstones, a soft pouch is good for keeping them from coming in contact with other hard surfaces. Store silver jewelry and gold-plated jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in a soft piece of felt or cloth.
Cleaning Your Jewelry
- Be careful using ultrasonic cleaners, as only certain gemstones can handle the ultrasonic vibrations. Diamond cleaners usually contain ammonia and water. Using a soft brush you can remove dust or dirt from under the setting. Silver jewelry can be cleaned with a silver polishing cloth, with or without special silver cleaning solution. If you are uncomfortable cleaning your own jewelry, swing by and have us clean and inspect your jewelry free of charge
- If stones fall out during a basic cleaning, there is a resetting fee. Additional charges to repair and replace the cause (i.e. prongs, broken stone) will also apply. We recommend this service at least twice a year. More thorough cleanings are available for a fee depending on the service needed
- Bridal jewelry, such as engagement rings and wedding bands are typically worn daily, and can appear like they’ve lost their sparkle if not cleaned on a regular basis. Lotions put film on diamonds and reduce their shininess. Don’t wear diamond jewelry while doing rough work. Avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs. Avoid touching diamonds with your fingers, as smudges can affect a diamond’s luster and fire.
- Gemstone jewelry should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth. With gemstone jewelry, you should generally avoid sudden temperature changes. If you have a very active lifestyle, you may want to refrain from wearing your gemstone rings and bracelets throughout the day. Some gemstones are very brittle, especially emeralds, whereas rubies have a hardness second to that of the diamond (which is 4-5 times harder).