Customary care and cleaning of your fine jewellery is a must.
Guard your jewellery when it is not being worn by separating it from other jewellery, using a separate compartment in your jewellery box.
Gems and gem quality items, indecently stored, can damage each other. Diamonds, for example, may scratch rubies, sapphires, or emeralds, and in certain situations, each other. To be on the safe side, be sure that gemstones and jewellery do not touch.
Cultured pearls need special care due to their softness. Clean and dry prior to storing your pearls in a special chamois pouch safe from potential harm.
Rings, regularly worn, need regular cleaning to remove the film caused by, cosmetics, soap, and skin oil that may cloud the ring`s beauty. Diamonds, for example, have an affinity for grease and literally collect oils in dishwater.
Activity which might expose a gemstone to sharp blows-such as gardening, working with hand tools, or playing sports-may also damage a gemstone.
Diamonds are also vulnerable to damage from an impact, which might cause them to chip or crack.
Chemicals present in hair spray or cosmetics cause damage, especially to cultured pearls. Wipe your pearls with a soft chamois or flannel cloth after each wearing to remove your skirts oils and salts.
A very few colored gemstones, such as kunzite, may fade when worn in sunlight or in a tanning booth.
In most cases, routine home care of your fine jewellery complement with periodic care means a lifetime of pleasurable wear. Regular cleaning of your jewellery keeps them shining and beautiful.
- A mild soap and water solution used with a soft brush is effectual for many home jewellery care needs. Even the mild chemicals of commercial jewellery cleaning products may damage certain gems. Even though soap and water is the best choice for most gems and jewellery, do not use soap and water with amber, coral, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis lazuli, opal, or turquoise.
- Dispose off any jewellery cleaner after 3 months. A home solution of one part mild detergent, one part household ammonia, and three parts water is also effective for many jewellery-cleaning needs.
Dry the jewellery with a lint-free towel. This method of cleaning is particularly desirable for alexandrite, amethyst, andalusite, aquamarine, citrine, diamond, garnet, iolite, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, spinel, tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, and zircon.
- Home ultrasonic cleaners are best used for karat gold jewellery without gemstones. The ultrasonic may also be suitable for some diamond-set jewellery. Severe vibrations may loosen stones, so a professional annual cleaning and security check is important. Do not use the home ultrasonic for amber, coral, emerald, kunzite, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, ruby, or turquoise.
- Fine jewellery should be taken to jeweller for assessment & cleaning. All the prongs for gemstone security should be checked.
- When a jeweller cleans your jewellery, he will also test the stone itself for any damage that may warrant recutting or re-polishing.
- Be sure you understand how your fine jewellery should be worn, how to store it, how to clean it, and what to look for to shield it from harm.
- The care you provide your fine jewellery will reward you with years of pleasurable wear.