Be Nice to Your Jewelry
We recommend that you remove your jewelry before engaging in any activity that will expose it to chemicals, impact or rough surfaces.
Gold and Silver are naturally soft materials which can be scratched or dented if exposed to harsh conditions.
While gemstones are hard materials, a sudden blow can cause a chip or break.
It only takes a little care to keep your jewelry looking its best.
We suggest the following tips:
- Have your jewelry professionally cleaned and checked at least twice a year for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear.
- Always remove any jewelry when doing any kind of rough work.
- Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
- Keep your jewelry separated so it won’t get tangled or scratched.
- Avoid chlorine bleach, household chemicals and even saltwater.
- Always apply hairspray, cosmetics and perfume before wearing any jewelry.
- Everyday ordinary wear exposes your jewelry to oils, lotions, household chemicals and perspiration that build up and dull its surface, so be sure to keep your jewelry clean and remove it before applying any lotion.
Diamond & Gemstone Care
- Try not to touch your diamonds and gemstones; instead, handle them by their edges.
- Always wipe your diamonds and gemstones with a soft cloth to remove residues such as dirt before placing it back in your jewelry box.
- As with all jewelry, remove your diamonds and gemstones when doing rough work to avoid damage. Keep in mind that colored gemstones are more fragile and brittle than diamonds.
- Clean your gold rings with a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush or a similar brush.
- Avoid chlorine while wearing your gold jewelry, as it will cause the alloys to break down.
- Keep in mind that some people may be allergic to the alloys in gold. Hence, they may be able to wear yellow gold and not white gold, or vice versa.
- Be sure to have your gold jewelry professionally polished each year to maintain its luster.
- Although platinum is strong and durable, it can still be scratched and dented so be sure to treat it with the same care as you would with your other jewelry.
- Be sure to have your platinum jewelry professionally polished each year to maintain its luster.
- Although wearing your silver jewelry is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, it is important to keep your silver clean. Be sure to clean it with polish made especially for silver jewelry.
- Remember that silver jewelry can scratch just like any other jewelry so be careful and, of course, keep your silver away from harsh chemicals, ammonia and chlorinated water.
- Store your silver separately, and wrap in a soft piece of cloth or place in a zip lock bag. Try not to expose it to air or light during storage as that may cause it to tarnish.
Treasures from the sea, no two pearls are alike. Pearls are formed when an irritant is introduced into a mollusk and that releases nacre, a substance that covers and creates the pearl. It’s the microscopic crystals in nacre that determine the look, color and lush glowing luster of the pearl, making it one of nature’s most beautiful creations. With this in mind, be sure to take extra care by keeping them away from other jewelry or anything that may scratch them. Wrapping them in a soft cloth or tissue will protect them.
- As with silver, pearls are at their optimum when you wear them often. However, normal wear will weaken the threads on which pearls are strung so be sure to have your pearls checked and re-strung regularly
- Put on your pearl jewelry after applying cosmetics, hair sprays and perfume. In fact, pearls should be the last thing you put on before you leave and the first thing your take off when you return.
- Be sure to wipe your pearls with a soft cloth before putting your pearls away to remove any foreign substance and, of course, avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals and rough surfaces.