Quality pieces of jewelry serve as symbols of love and devotion created to endure the test of time. Many of these treasures are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. Honor the value of your fine jewelry by learning how to care for and store each piece properly.
Strive to keep your finest pieces as clean as possible. Develop a cleansing regimen that removes harmful residues and buildups. Gentle cleansing is best. Use warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid or jewelry cleansing solution to soak your jewelry. Wipe with a soft cloth or tissue before storage.
Put your fine jewelry on after applying lotions, hairsprays, gels and other hygiene products that contain harsh chemicals. Remove jewelry before completing your nighttime hygiene routine. This protective habit ensures that your jewelry maintains its shine and luster.
Ultrasonic cleaning for jewelry is a great option to keep your jewelry clean. However, you cannot use an ultrasonic cleaner for your pieces that contain organic gems, such as pearls, coral, ivory, jet, or amber. You also should also ask a jeweler if you can use the ultrasonic cleaner for gems such as emeralds, lapis lazuli, malachite, or opals. You can learn more about why certain stones can’t be used in the ultrasonic cleaner here.
Pamper your jewelry in the way that you store them. Each piece should be tucked away separately or with pieces of like metals or jewels. This practice reduces the risk of stretching or damaging pieces by placing harder metals and gemstones with softer ones.
Avoid tangling necklaces and bracelets or jumbling rings together by purchasing a sturdy jewelry box with lined compartments for each type of jewelry. As creative alternatives, place your valuables in separate silky bags, hang them on hooks or thread them through straws to help them maintain their integrity and shape.
Do not wear fine jewelry during dangerous activities, exposure to heat or corrosive materials. Remove jewelry before showering or bathing, participating in sports, gardening or cooking. By limiting the time you wear your jewelry, you extend the life of each piece and reduce the risk of loss. No matter how well you take care of your jewelry, accidents happen. Insure your most treasured pieces in the event of theft or disaster such as fire or flooding. The reasonable cost of insurance premiums is well worth the peace of mind you gain.
Jewelry requires maintenance. You should be taking your jewelry in to a professional jeweler every 6 months to a year to have the prongs inspected and tightened and to have the piece professionally cleaned.
Give your fine jewelry pieces the protection and care they deserve. Look to our knowledgeable staff of Mark’s Diamonds for expert advice in keeping your fine jewelry in optimum condition. We will share the best methods and products for enjoying your treasured pieces for years to come. Protect your investment wisely by contacting Mark’s Diamonds today.