Keeping it Clean
Everything shines brighter with a little TLC – especially jewelry. It’s important to know that different stones and metals require different care. Here are some simple tips for cleaning jewelry and keeping it in like-new condition.
Even though they’re the hardest substance on Earth, diamonds can be chipped. If possible, avoid wearing your diamond jewelry to the gym or to other locations where they may be subject to harsh physical conditions. And be sure to have a jeweler examine them each year for signs of damage.
Take special care with your diamond ring around water as it can become loose and slip off. Many engagement or wedding rings never make it back from the honeymoon because they were lost while swimming. Also, try not to wear your ring in chlorinated water, because chlorine can eventually damage the metal in the setting.
Clean your diamonds regularly by soaking them in an ammonia-based jewelry cleaner overnight, once or twice weekly. In the morning, remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any leftover dirt. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond as this will be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt. (If there are other stones with your diamonds, make sure it’s safe to clean them with an ammonia-based cleaner.)
Finally, don’t store your diamond jewelry next to other jewelry pieces because it can scratch them. A fabric-lined jewelry case with separate compartments is ideal, but you can also keep them in separate pouches or wrapped in soft fabric or tissue paper.
Most colored gemstones can be safely cleaned with mild dish soap, warm water, and a soft brush. However, pearls are a notable exception. They should only be surface cleaned with a moist cloth dipped in a very dilute soap-and-water solution – never dipped into a liquid or discoloration could occur.
We will be happy to tell you how to clean and care for your gems to keep them in like-new condition. If you’d like additional information, you can click here to be directed to a gemstone care guide from the International Gem Society.
Let us inspect and repair your jewelry every year. Remember, prongs can wear thin and diamonds may fall out.
Chlorine can weaken gold. Avoid wearing gold jewelry in swimming pools and hot tubs.
Avoid wearing chains when sleeping. Always lay them out flat when not being worn.
When wearing pearls, they should be the last thing you put on. Direct contact with perfume or hairspray can damage a pearl’s finish.