How to Take Care of Your Fine Jewelry

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How to Take Care of Your Fine Jewelry

Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. But unfortunately, over time, all fine jewelry begins to lose its shine. Silver and other metals will eventually tarnish. Deposits of debris and daily grime will cause diamonds and gemstones to look dull and dirty. Luxury jewelry needs to be cleaned, serviced, inspected, and stored properly to maintain its original luster and brilliance. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.


Here are some jewelry care tips to help you maintain the stunning appeal of your fine jewelry.

 Store your jewelry in a clean, dry space.

This seems like an obvious tip, but at the end of the day, proper jewelry storage is often overlooked. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser − that’s asking for scratches and damaged gems. It’s best to keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined case that has compartments and dividers for your jewelry. If you don’t have a jewelry case, most jewelry pieces come in a box or pouch from the store, which is a perfect place to keep them as well to prevent scratching and tangling. When traveling, protect your jewelry pieces from scratches or other impact damage by padding it in a separate box or case.

Avoid damaging chemicals.

You might not realize it but things that are part of your daily routine such as cleaning, washing dishes, taking a shower, or simply putting on hairspray, lotion, and perfume, all can be damaging to certain types of metals and colored gems. Precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum are especially susceptible to discoloration from these everyday products. Whether you're getting ready in the morning or cleaning your house, set your jewelry aside, or better yet, leave your jewelry in its case until you’re ready to wear it.

When in doubt, take it off.

The swimming pool isn’t an ideal place for your fine jewelry. Neither is the gym. Storing your jewelry in a safe place will not only protect your treasured pieces from harsh chemicals from the pool and the possibility of your jewelry getting banged up at the gym, but it will also help you avoid losing your jewelry. Retrieving your ring from the bottom of a pool drain is a nightmare you should never have to experience.

Insure your jewelry.

Accidents happen. It’s impossible to predict when disaster will strike, whether a burglar cleans out your jewelry box or a fire rips through your home leaving nothing behind. That’s why it’s always a good idea to insure your jewelry. In the tragic event something happens to your precious pieces, you have peace of mind knowing your investment is protected.
A jewelry appraisal is typically one of the first steps to insuring your jewelry. You’ll need to visit a certified appraiser who can determine the value of your piece or collection. Devon's Diamonds & Decor offers jewelry appraisals, and the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) can also help you find a certified appraiser in your area.


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Some of your favorite jewelry might be your diamond tennis bracelet or white gold wedding band. But you may also have a soft spot for that gorgeous oval-cut sapphire ring with diamond accents your husband gave you. Or, maybe you have a princess-cut emerald bracelet you wear every day. These are examples of gemstone or color stone jewelry items. They often require different kinds of care or attention than non-gemstone jewelry. Learn about gemstone cleaning and care and other important details to keep your gemstone jewelry looking its best.


Every color stone has unique hues and qualities. This means that treatment and gemstone cleaning care differs for each one. Paying special attention to care instructions is key to keeping your gemstone jewelry sparkling. Natural gemstones may have been color and/or clarity treated by various enhancement processes that affect gemstone cleaning. These processes can include heating, oil/wax/resin, diffusion, irradiation, fissure-filled with a glass-like by-product or being dyed. These treatments may not be permanent and/or may require special care. Some colored stones may also be susceptible to damage by skin oils or sweat. If you are concerned or have questions, stop by Devon's Diamonds & Decor. Our trained professionals are knowledgeable in repairing jewelry that contains treated gemstones. 


    Generally, gemstone cleaning involves rinsing the gemstone in warm water and drying it with a soft cloth or with gemstone cleaner. When cleaning gemstones, it's important not to expose colored stones to extremes. This includes heat, excessive light, chemicals, ultrasonic, steam or abrasive cleaning. Avoid extreme heat as it can damage gemstones and/or treatments during cleaning. Extreme temperatures can change the color of some stones as well. Stay away from steam cleaners for garnet, amethyst, peridot, tourmaline and citrine when gemstone cleaning. These gemstones require specific care due to their hardness and tendency for chipping. One way to determine how to clean color stone jewelry is to determine where the gem falls on the Mohs Scale. The BEST way to clean your gemstone jewelry in Boca Raton is to bring it into the experts at Devon's Diamonds & Decor.


        Fine jewelry is susceptible to wear and tear and should be checked every 6 months to a year. Stop by our jewelry store in Boca Raton to have your jewelry inspected for free. We offer jewelry cleaning and repair services, along with a staff of professional jewelers who can answer questions and give advice on the best way to care for your most cherished jewelry pieces. Inspection services are available to ensure that stones are secure and prongs are undamaged. Watches also get special treatment at Devon's Diamonds & Decor. Our watch repair technicians will clean, inspect, and repair your watch to ensure that it looks beautiful and keeps time as well as it did the day it was purchased.


        At Devon's Diamonds & Decor, we take great pride in our exceptional quality and craftsmanship. However, jewelry by its very nature is delicate. If you should need a repair on your piece of fine jewelry, it will be assessed on an individual basis and a quote will be rendered to you. Our experienced team can assist you with any sort of repair that you need. Whether the issue is simple or more complex, we are happy to provide you with high-quality repair services in Boca Raton so we can get your piece of jewelry back to its original condition; making it look brand new again. 
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        Properly caring for your jewelry will help your items maintain their precious beauty and last for years to come. If you have any questions about maintaining jewelry, contact us today— or if you're looking to add new pieces to your collection to care for, you can browse our jewelry selection online or in-store at Devon's Diamonds & Decor.
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