Protecting Your Investment
We know you love your jewelry, that’s why it’s so important to make regular care and cleaning a routine. And we have some specific suggestions that will help.
They may be the hardest substance on Earth, but diamonds can still be chipped. So it’s best to leave your diamond jewelry at home when you know it will be subjected to harsh physical conditions. And, because even everyday activities can be tough on your favorite diamond pieces, it’s important to have a jeweler examine them twice year for signs of damage. Remember, prongs can wear thin and diamonds may fall out.
Another thing to keep in mind is how you treat your diamond ring around water. Remember, it can become loose and slip off. And you should try to avoid wearing your ring in chlorinated water, since over time chlorine can damage the metal in the setting.
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 tissue paper or soft fabric.
Chlorine can weaken gold so it’s best to remove your gold jewelry before swimming or spending time in hot tubs. Also, you should avoid wearing gold chains when sleeping, and to avoid tangling, always lay chains out flat when you’re not wearing them.
“Last thing on, first thing off.” Pearls should be the last piece of jewelry you put on. And remember that direct contact with perfume or hairspray can damage a pearl’s finish.
Clean your diamonds once or twice weekly by soaking them in our complimentary ammonia-based jewelry cleaner for 20 minutes. 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.)
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 diluted soap-and-water solution – never dipped into a liquid or discoloration could occur.
To keep your pearls looking beautiful, clean them gently with a soft, lint-free cloth to restore their natural luster, and store them separately to prevent scratches.
We will be happy to tell you how to clean and care for all of your gems to keep them in like-new condition.