Jewelry Maintenance Guide
Youonlyjewelry pieces are created using shining gemstones and precious metals. Your fine jewelry pieces are both emotional and financial investments. To preserve their beauty and shinny, you are advised to treat them with great care or delicacy.
· Basic Jewelry Care
· Storing Your Fine Jewelry
1. Hang necklaces or other jewelry for storage to prevent unnecessary entanglement and facilitate access.
2. Use jewelry storage boxes with doors or drawers to keep jewelry away from light. This also prevents the pieces from tangling and breaking.
3. Based on the design and shape of the jewelry organizer or box to place your jewelry. Never put them near a heater or in direct sunlight.
4. Clean your jewelry whenever dirt gets into the crevices or it shows the signs of tarnishing. Ensure that it will not wear out over time when you are not wearing the jewelry.
· Cleaning Tips
1. To maintain the original condition of your silver jewelry, polish your pieces regularly using a non-abrasive cleaning cloth.
2. Remember do not dry silver off with paper towels or tissues, always use a soft cloth.
3. When you are not wearing your silver jewelry, store them in a cool, dry place. Zip-lock bag and individual cloth pouches are ideal for this and will help prevent both tarnishing and scratching by other pieces.
4. Never immerse your silver jewelry in chlorine, saltwater, mineral springs, and suntan lotion. Remember, some household cleaners contain chlorine bleach; these will cause discoloration and also loosen the gemstones.
5. Avoid abrasive cleaners, detergents, and commercial jewelry cleaners "dips" especially if the pieces have an oxidized finish. Using harsh polishing cleaners will alter the antique look of your jewelry.
6. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia, or any chemical solution to clean opaque gemstones, such as turquoise, malachite, onyx, lapis lazuli, and opals. They are porous stones and may absorb chemicals, which build up inside the stone and cause discoloration. Simply wipe them gently with a moist cloth until clean.
7. If your jewelry contains gemstones or pearls, do not immerse in water, as this can loosen some settings. Never use dips or abrasives cleaners on gemstones.
8. Other common chemicals and solutions to avoid: besides chlorine bleach, denatured alcohol, turpentine, acetone, and ammonia can cause harm. These chemicals can dull or even pit the surface of softer gemstones.
9. Gemstones and diamonds can easily be cleaned with warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft brush. Clean your jewelry in a bowl of warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Dry your piece with a lint‐free cloth.
10. Softer gems, like pearls, can be scratched easily. Clean your pearls in warm, slightly soapy water, with a very soft brush. Rinse thoroughly and lay your pearls to dry on a towel or chamois.