Care for Jewelry
- General Guidelines
- Jewelry and gemstones require special care when wearing, storing, or cleaning.
All fine jewelry can be safely cleaned by soaking for 10 minutes in warm soapy water (using a non-detergent soap). Use a soft brush on harder gems to loosen any dirt around the prongs. To reduce greasy build-up on diamond jewelry, dip it in plain alcohol or vodka before soaking.
- Don't wear fine jewelry when doing housework or gardening.
- Don't heap your jewelry into one drawer. Remember, a diamond ring can scratch that pearl necklace.
- Keep them separate and ideally wrapped in velvet, paper, or silk.
- Do check for loose stones frequently by gently tapping the piece with your finger near your ear.
- Do get pearls restrung every two years or annually with frequent use.
- Do clean fine jewelry often to maintain its sparkle and beauty.
- Do not use toothpaste as its abrasives can damage softer gems and metals.
- Silver Care And Cleaning
- Tarnish is a product of oxidation, caused by the interaction of silver jewelry with certain elements such as oxygen or sulfur as well as with certain acids. Tarnishing on silver jewelry, when worn on a regular basis, usually does not occur.
To remove tarnish or oxidation film from silver you can use fresh, uncontaminated commercial silver dip liquid, polish paste or polish cloth, available in supply or hardware stores. Make sure there are no loose stones or parts. Limit the gemstone's exposure to silver cleaners - cleaners may harm certain kinds of gemstones. Please read the cleaning product's instructions before cleaning. Thoroughly rinse jewelry after cleaning, and dry with a soft cloth until it's completely dry.
- Storage for a prolonged time causes silver jewelry to tarnish.
- Contact with rubber bands may cause tarnish - the sulfur in rubber is a catalyst for tarnish.
- Taking a medication that changes the acidity of your skin may cause silver jewelry to tarnish.
- To keep your silver tarnish-free, frequently clean your silver in a mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water.
- Thoroughly dry your silver jewelry after exposure to water.
- Store silver in a dry container or a plastic bag with anti-tarnish paper.
- Costume Care And Cleaning
Often produced with non-precious metals, usually gold or silver plated, and with or without synthetic or glass stones, Costume jewelry could be antique, period, or contemporary. Today, there are many collectors of every style of costume jewelry. Be aware of tarnish which may occur as a result of oxidation, caused by
the interaction of metal, silver or gold plated costume jewelry with certain elements such as oxygen or sulfur as well as with certain acids.
Frequently clean it in a mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water.
- Thoroughly dry after exposure to wateror any type o fliquid.
- Store your costume jewelry in a dry container or a plastic bag with anti-tarnish paper.
- Use fresh, uncontaminated commercial silver dip liquid, only.
- Use of a polish cloth, paste or other strong jewelry cleaner is not recommended.