Fine jewelry should be worn and enjoyed. A little prevention and care will go a long way in protecting its beauty and functionality. Help your jewelry become a family heirloom by treating it with consideration.
A few tips
- Regular cleanings ensure maximum sparkle. The beauty of faceted stones is greatly diminished by grime, which often collects on the pavilion facets.
- Have your jeweler professionally clean your jewelry once a year. Settings should be checked annually to be sure stones are secure in their mountings.
- Store each item of jewelry separately. This prevents metal and stones from wearing on each other.
- Consider removing your rings or wearing gloves when doing heavy manual work. Although diamond is the hardest mineral known to man, it can be chipped.
- Chlorine can cause gold to develop pits. Be sure to rinse your gold jewelry thoroughly after swimming in chlorinated water.
Cleaning your jewelry
- Soak your jewelry in warm water with a few drops of mild liquid detergent. Use a soft brush, such as a toothbrush, to remove deposits.
- A water pik may be used to flush away accumulated grime.
- A home ultrasonic can be a great help in cleaning your jewelry. It is not suitable for cleaning pearls, however, and certain other gems. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s specific suggestions.
- A jeweler’s polishing cloth can be used to restore the luster of gold, silver, or platinum, and palladium jewelry. These are typically impregnated with a light abrasive, which will help restore the shine.
Caring for your pearls
- Put your pearls on after you apply make-up and perfume products.
- Wipe them with a soft, moist cloth after wearing.
- Clean your pearls by soaking them in warm water with a few drops of mild liquid detergent. When cleaning a strand, be careful not to stretch the cord. Allow the pearls to air dry on a soft towel.
- Never use jewelry cleaning products that contain ammonia, an ultrasonic, or steam on your pearls.
- Pearl strands need to be restrung periodically. If the cord is soiled, frayed, or stretched, the pearls should be restrung.