With a little TLC, your beautiful new jewelry should easily pass down through generations. You can help insure this by following our simple jewelry-care tips:
Regular cleaning will help a piece retain its glamour and shine.
You can gently clean your jewelry in warm, soapy water and gently scrub with a soft brush bristle brush. After cleaning, dry with a soft cloth. Pearls, emeralds and opals should only be cleaned using a soft, dry cloth. To maintain a pearls natural beauty, wipe them with a soft, damp cloth after each wear to remove traces of perfumes, natural body oils and perspiration.
A diamond is one of the hardest substances on earth, but treat your diamond jewelry gently because a hard blow can still be damaging. Don’t forget to remove your rings when showering, or washing your hands, since soap particles may become lodged in stone settings and crevices. Soaps can also leave a residue over metal and stones, creating a dull appearance. To prevent scratches, warping and other impact-induced damage, avoid wearing jewelry when working out, playing sports, on the beach, swimming, cleaning or gardening.
Moisture and salts encourage the appearance of tarnish; so store your jewelry in a dry place. For all jewelry, avoid exposure to hot water and/or harsh chemicals and acids (such as household chemicals, perfumes, or hairspray and chlorinated water in swimming pools) since these may erode the finish or cause discoloration.
Check regularly for signs of wear and tear, particularly around exposed areas such as prongs, catches or joints. Over time, diamond and stone settings can become loose, especially when continually caught on garments or in contact with hard surfaces. To avoid damage, keep your jewelry in separate pouches, and fasten all chains and catches before storing flat.