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.
JEWELRY CARE TIPS
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.
Avoid damaging chemicals.
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.
GEMSTONE JEWELRY CLEANING & CARE
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.
GEMSTONE JEWELRY CARE
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.
GEMSTONE JEWELRY CLEANING
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.