Jewellery is one of the most treasured and intimate accessories we have. It is important to know how to properly care for your jewelry and keep it shining for future generations.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR JEWELRY
Before you do any manual labor or exercise, it is important to remove jewelry. This applies to housework, gardening, and even sports. People will do anything to protect their cars, but they don’t expect fine jewelry to be damaged. Car steel is a 6 in the Moh’s hardness range. Precious metals have a hardness between 2.5-3 depending on the alloy. Even something so simple as biking can cause precious jewelry to bang against metal, which is more difficult than precious metal.
You don’t have to take your ring off to exercise or to the garden. At the very least, you should try to use gloves that provide some cushioning and support.
DO NOT STORE ALL JEWELRY IN ONE PLACE
Keep your jewelry in a separate compartment, soft pouch, or cotton-lined case. Jewellery made of diamonds, rubies, and sapphires can scratch or abrade any other pieces they touch. Even gold can scratch the gold. Also, pearls are extremely delicate and should not be kept with any other gems or loose objects. You can damage jewelry if you store it at an unsuitable angle or under too much pressure.
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RENEW YOUR JEWELRY PERSONALLY
To learn the best ways to clean your gemstones and jewel jewelry, be sure to refer to our gemstone maintenance guide. While most gems can be cleaned with warm water and mild detergent, there are some sensitive gems that you should be aware of if you plan to clean your jewelry mechanically. If you are unsure, consult a professional. Inadequate cleaning can lead to scratches and other damage. Don’t overclean.
CONTACT PERIODICALLY FOR LOOSE GEMS
Gently shake or tap the piece with your finger. You can check the prongs by inserting a thin piece of paper between the gemstone and the metal prongs. Have it professionally checked if in doubt (a part of our free estimate!). Before you wear your jewelry, make sure all loose gemstones are tightened
RESTRING BRACELETS & NECKLACES
To avoid abrasion, pearls are strung with silk and knotted between each pearl. This prevents string loss in the event of a breakage. Restringing is recommended if your pearls appear to “travel” on the thread, or if the thread becomes discolored. If the pearls are worn often, have them restrung once per year. It is possible that pearls with heavier weights need to be restrung more frequently. It is time to clean your pearls if they seem dull or soiled. You can either have your pearls professionally cleaned or you can wash them in warm water with Woolite, taking care not to stretch the thread. Let the thread dry completely on a towel for at least 24 hours.
CONSIDER CHECKING CLASPS AND FASTENERS VERY OFTEN
You risk losing your piece if they aren’t properly adjusted. Bring it in to have it professionally checked, adjusted, or repaired, if necessary.
While it is fine to store your pearls and opals in a plastic bag for a brief time, they can dry out and sustain damage if kept for too long. These jewels should not be left in a heated, closed vehicle. When getting ready for the day, pearls should not be worn.
If left in a dry environment, pearls and opals can dry out and lose their luster or discoloration. Avoid exposing pearls and opals in any way to perfumes, hair sprays, cosmetics, sun lotions, or insect repellents. The acids contained in these products will cause damage. To avoid this type of damage, pearl and opal dealers will keep a container of water in their safes. This is also a good idea.
SALE YOUR JEWELRY AT NIGHT
The platinum and palladium jewelry is very strong and durable. However, they can still be scratched. As they are exposed to other objects and wear, precious metals like silver and gold will eventually scratch and become worn. This can happen to any sheet, so it is important that you remove your jewelry every night and keep it in a safe place until you are ready to put it on again.
JEWELRY IS NOT PERFECT FOR POOL USE
The alloys of silver and gold are attacked by chlorine! Jewelry made from 14-karat gold contains 58.5% of gold, while the remaining 41.5% is made up of various metal alloys. This is dependent on the manufacturer’s formula and the color of the gold. 18-karat gold contains 75% pure gold, while the rest are different metal alloys. Chlorine damages the molecular structure and suspends the metal alloys in solution. This can cause your jewelry to become weaker. Chlorine can cause gems to fall from their settings, cracking, and even fracture, so avoid wearing them in hot tubs or swimming pools. Because platinum and palladium are almost inert to chemicals, they are immune to any chemical attack.
RECOVERY OF DIRT AND GRAIME
Stones can be damaged by dirt and grime, which can dull the beauty of your jewelry. All jewelry is vulnerable, but rings are most at risk because we use our hands to wash our hands throughout the day. Over time, soap residue, sunscreen, dirt, and grime can build up in your rings and cause your gemstones or diamonds to become damaged and lose their settings.
These substances build up in your ring settings from normal wear and will eventually harden, almost like cement behind the gemstones. This buildup can cause your gemstones to become loosening as you wash your hands or prepare food. The gems slowly become detached from their moorings by repeated wetting, drying, contracting, and expanding. To avoid problems, make sure to clean them often and keep them sparkling and beautiful.
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