Cleaning Your Diamonds
During the course of ordinary wear, a diamond is exposed to dirt, dust, perspiration, makeup, and natural skin oils, as well as household chemicals, like chlorine and hairspray. Over time, these materials build up on a diamond, dulling its natural beauty. We recommend having your diamond professionally cleaned and inspected once every six months or if it undergoes some form of trauma, such as being dropped or hit against a hard surface. These inspections help prevent the loss of your diamond solitaire in the event your ring has been inadvertently damaged. Please call us to inspect your diamond for possible damage.
Storing Diamond Jewelry
Because of their hardness, diamonds can scratch other diamonds, gemstones and jewelry metals. This is one of the most common ways jewelry is damaged. For this reason, store all jewelry, especially diamond jewelry, in individual soft cloth pouches when not being worn.
Insuring Your Diamond
Because unforeseen accidents do happen, we strongly recommend that you insure your diamond against loss, theft, and damage.
Throughout the ages, fine pearl jewelry has been prized for its deep luster and natural beauty. As precious gemstones, pearls do require care to preserve their appearance. If cared for properly, cultured pearls can be treasured for a lifetime. Since pearls are organic gems, they are sensitive to chemicals and harsh environmental conditions. Also, because pearls are soft compared to other jewelry, they should be stored and handled carefully. If you follow the tips below, you can help your fine pearl jewelry remain beautiful for many years to come.
Cleaning Your Pearls
To clean pearls, simply wipe them with a soft cloth, which can be either dry or slightly damp. If using a damp cloth, lay the pearls flat to dry. Do not use liquid soap or another chemical product to clean your pearls unless it is specially designed for that purpose, and do not clean your pearls with a toothbrush or other abrasive materials.
Storing Your Pearls
Store your fine pearl jewelry in its original packaging, not loose in a jewelry box. This packaging is not only beautiful and elegant, it will also help protect your pearl jewelry from being scratched by other jewelry in your collection. Avoid storing your pearls in extreme heat or in airtight places (like safes that are not regulated to provide humidity). Do not store your pearls in plastic bags for very long periods of time. Pearls benefit from the moisture in the air, and if they are deprived of it for too long they can become fragile or their color may change. Keep your pearl jewelry away from chemicals. Pearls are sensitive to chemicals such as detergents, bleach, and some kinds of soap, so it is best not to wear your pearl jewelry when washing dishes, swimming, or engaging in similar activities. When applying cosmetics, remember the rule “last on, first off”: Put your pearls on last after applying hairspray, perfume and other makeup, and take them off before using makeup remover.
Keep your gold jewelry away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine and cleaning fluids. This will reduce daily abrasions and prolong gold’s luster. To clean gold jewelry, use a solution of warm water and detergent-free soap and wash gold gently with a soft-bristled brush (a dull tooth brush works well). Store gold pieces separately in soft cloth bags or original boxes to protect them from the exposure to harsh daily elements.
Soaking platinum in a mild solution of soap and warm water and gently scrubbing it with a soft-bristled brush is usually all that is required to maintain the metal’s luster.
With proper care, your fine quality silver will last a lifetime. To minimize scratches and other damage, store your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box. Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, or when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver.
Clean Your Silver Regularly
Care should also be taken to prevent silver tarnish build-up, a dulling that naturally occurs when silver reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the ambient air. To clean your silver, use polishes formulated specifically to remove tarnish. You can find fine silver polishes, solutions, or cloths appropriate to remove tarnish at most hardware stores or specialty craft stores. Tarnish is most easily removed when it first becomes visible. Although wearing your silver jewelry often is the best way to prevent tarnish from building up, regular cleanings of all your silver items will prevent tarnish and keep your silver bright and sparkling.
While it’s true that gemstones such as ruby and sapphire are second only to diamond on the hardness scale, it is not a measurement of their indestructibility. It means that these gemstones are able to resist scratching almost as well as a diamond. Abrasive surfaces, harsh chemicals, and sharp blows can damage even the hardest gem. Your gemstone jewelry should be the last thing you put on when getting dressed and the first thing you take off at the end of the night. Store your gemstones carefully and they will be enjoyed for generations.
Cleaning Your Gemstones
After removing your gemstone jewelry, clean it by following the directions on a non-abrasive jewelry cleaner. Make sure that the jewelry cleaner specifies that it is safe to use with your gemstone. Use a soft cloth to remove any remaining dirt or other residue.
Storing Your Gemstones
Store your gemstone jewelry in a lined case or a soft cloth, so the gems do not touch each other or parts of other jewelry. Gemstones are harder than gold, silver, or platinum and can scratch the surfaces of your other fine jewelry if they are not kept separate.