How To Clean Your Jewelry
Cleaning your jewelry is extremely important for your investment, both financially and emotionally. Although diamonds are created to last lifetimes, only through the proper care will you and yours be able to enjoy them.
Here Are Quick Tips To Get You Started
Store your jewelry in a dry clean place
Each piece should be stored individually, on a soft lined surfaces, with dividers or wrapped in tissue paper type material.
Jewelry should not be stored or abandoned in a pile for example especially when they are intricate. Jewelry and diamonds can scratch.
Do not leave jewelry in places where it can disappear, by the sink, down the drain and especially when outdoors.
You can have your jeweler professionally clean your pieces every 6 months or year, and check for any defects gained through wear.
If you choose to purchase a jewelry cleaning machine, or an “ultrasonic cleaner”, check with your jeweler that it is safe and it will not damage your pieces.
Any exposure to any chemicals found in , hairspray, household cleaning products and even perspiration can accumulate and dullen your diamond, reducing its brilliance.
Cleaning & Care
Many Diamonds worn on Engagement or Wedding rings are worn 24 hrs a day. This constant wear and exposure to countless of elements reduces brilliance considerably. Clean your Diamond because you don’t know what you are missing!
Here Are Tips For Diamonds
Although diamonds are one of the hardest materials they can be damaged by engaging in rough work and working with tools and machines.
Chlorine can be harmful to a diamond. It strongly affects brilliance in a very negative fashion. Avoid wearing your diamond when using chlorine for washing purposes or even in a swimming pool.
Clean your diamonds only with a commercial jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip only, and if you use a brush make sure its extremely soft. To remove fingerprints, oils or dirt, add a small amount of mild liquid soap to a half cup of warm water, soak for 2-3 minutes, rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry completely before storing in an air tight plastic bag.
Use a smooth soft 100% cotton cloth to gently wipe each piece of jewelry clean of make-up and skin oils after each wearing. Once your Diamond is cleaned avoid touching the stone with your fingers.
Here Are Tips For Colored Gemstones
Many of these Gem Stones are treated in a variety of ways to achieve the final product and may require specific cleaning instructions from your jeweler.
When you are finished wearing your jewelry pieces, wipe them with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth. This allows you to store it clean, so nothing accumulates that will dullen the stone.
Store these pieces individually, preferably in pouches that you may be able to get from your jeweler.
Salt water or harsh chemicals, such as chlorine or detergents erode the finish, polish or even color of a stone.
Gemstones should be worn last. After hairspray, nail polish, makeup and any other such items are applied. Make sure the stone is cleaned of these when you are finished including oils and perspiration.
Sudden temperature changes are harmful to these stones.
With active lifestyles and difficult manual labor extra precautions with some types of gemstones must be taken. Emeralds, for example, are brittle and should not be worn when doing household chores or any other activity where the stone could be hit or damaged. The Mohs Scale describes how vulnerable stones can be to damage. !0 being the higher number. 10; rubies and sapphires are Mohs 9; emeralds and topaz, 8; and garnets, tourmalines and quartz, 7. Anything softer than a 7 can be scratched very easily, including opal, turquoise, lapis lazuli, coral, pearl.
Here Are Tips For Karat Gold Jewelry
You should remove all Jewelry before showering or washing hands. Soaps cause the creation of film. This destroys the luster of jewelry.
Soft chamois are an effective way to clean jewelry at home.
Chlorine bleach is harmful to jewelry. Hot tubs, pools, cleaning or any work being done with chlorine should be done without jewelry on.
You can remove tarnish with a jewelry cleaner, or by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. A brush with a soft bristle like an old toothbrush can also be used. After the brushing, simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow to dry. If there is a heavy tarnish on your jewelry, consult your jeweler for the best cleaning procedure.
Here Are Tips For Platinum
Platinum jewelry can be cleaned the same way you can other fine jewelry. A professional cleaning every six months will keep your platinum jewelry in great shape. Your jeweler can recommend a prepackaged jewelry cleaner that works with platinum, or ask your jeweler to professionally clean your platinum pieces. A professional cleaning every six months will keep your platinum jewelry in terrific shape.
When storing Platinum make sure it is separated from each other. This will prevent any chance of scratching.
Platinum will scratch with wear. It is a very strong and durable material. A jeweler will not have difficulties polishing it.
Here Are Tips For Sterling Silver Jewelry
Silver may oxidize. Clean with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up. Then pat dry with a soft cloth. For more stubborn dirt, use a jewelry cleaner designed for silver use. Ask your jeweler to recommend an appropriate brand.
Store silver in a cool dry place. The most preferable would be to place items in a tarnish-preventive bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Also store them individually.
Do not rub silver with anything other than a jewelers polishing cloth or a fine piece of felt. A jeweler may provide these to you free of cost when purchasing.
Air and light causes silver to tarnish. Do not store them exposed.
Chlorine and household products and chemicals will contribute to tarnishing silver.