Keep your jewelry sparkling as bright as the day you bought it by following these basic jewelry care tips. Remove and safely store your jewelry before doing heavy work, gardening, household cleaning, swimming etc. All of these activities create opportunities for your jewelry to become chipped, scratched, or even for a stone to become loose or lost. Dirt and grime can leave residues which get deposited on the jewelry and diminish some luster and shine. Then, there are cleaning agents which contain chemicals that may discolor or damage gemstones. These chemicals can also have a discoloring effect on precious metals.
Also avoid extreme temperature changes while wearing or traveling with your jewelry. For example: If you are wearing an emerald ring in cold climate and then you come inside and quickly enter a sauna, your emerald may very well crack. Some gemstones lose moisture after being exposed to heat, in turn causing them to lose some of their natural beauty. Additionally, just as sun exposure can cause damage to our skin over time, persistent exposure to the sun can weaken and fade some gemstones.
Just as important as you storing your jewelry while engaging in activities that may damage them is HOW you store your jewelry. Always store diamonds and other gemstones separately, ideally separate boxes or compartments should be designated for each individual jewelry design, as harder gems can scratch softer ones, as well as the precious metals that your gems are set in should multiple designs be stored together. Choose a jewelry box that, in addition to containing separate compartments for each of your jewelry items, is lined with a soft, nonabrasive fabric to prevent any scratches.
Even when you properly store & protect your jewelry, it’s natural that it will require the occasional cleaning. Cleaning your jewelry is much simpler than you may think. The best at home cleaning method to keep your jewelry sparkling is to soak it in a solution of warm water with a mild liquid detergent or soap. Allow your jewelry to soak for a few minutes then rinse it under running water then pat it dry with a paper towel or soft, lint free cloth.
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Diamond Jewelry Care
Though many of the basic jewelry care principles of jewelry care apply to caring for your diamond jewelry as well, there are a few key points to keep in mind to ensure that your diamond preserves its sparkle.
• Periodically have your diamond jewelry examined by a professional. Not only can settings loosen over time, if you have a warranty on your jewelry – like our Preferred Jewelers’ Warranty – you are likely required to have inspections every six months to ensure that your diamond jewelry maintains its peak condition.
• On this note, you should regularly inspect your diamond jewelry before – or while – wearing it. If you spot a loose or broken prong or missing stone, you’ll want to bring your design in to your Evansville jewelry ASAP and you might miss it if you’re not looking!
• As much as you can, avoid touching and handling the diamond itself, as oils from your skin can dull its sparkle between cleanings.
• Don’t assume that just because diamonds are the strongest gem that they are invincible, a hard blow – maybe dropping a dumbbell on your hand at the gym or accidentally hitting it with a hammer – can cause chipping and other damage.
Pearl Jewelry Care
• Pearls can be easily scratched as they are very soft gems. The GIA recommends using a fresh makeup brush and warm soapy water to clean your pearls.
• After cleaning, lay your pearl jewelry flat on a towel to dry.
• Apply perfume and hairspray before putting on your pearls, allowing ample time for them to dry to avoid damaging the pearls.
• Never use ultrasonic cleaners detergent, baking soda, bleaches or ammonia based cleaner to clean pearl jewelry as all can reduce the luster of the pearls or cause other damage.
• Avoid storing pearl jewelry in dry spaces or safe deposit boxes. Pearls require a little moisture to prevent them from drying out.
• Pearl jewelry such as necklaces or bracelets should be restrung periodically to prevent them from becoming loose or breaking.