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Carlsbad, CA

Jewelry Care and Cleaning

 

General Tips

  • Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.

  • Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with compartments and dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in soft tissue paper.

  • Don’t mix your jewelry pieces in a drawer or jewelry case. Pieces can scratch each other.

  • Be careful when removing your jewelry to wash your hands. Do not leave your jewelry on the rim of a sink where it can easily slip down the drain.

  • See your jeweler at least twice a year to have your jewelry checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Also, have them perform a professional cleaning.

 

Diamond Jewelry

Diamonds are very durable, but they still require proper maintenance. Diamonds can get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps and natural skin oils put a film on diamonds and cut down on their brilliance. Clean diamonds glow, because the maximum amount of light can enter the stone and return in a fiery brilliance. It takes just a little care to keep them that way.

  • Do not wear diamond jewelry, especially rings, when doing rough work. Even though diamond is one of the hardest materials in nature, it can still be chipped by a sharp, sudden blow.

  • Chlorine can damage and discolor the mounting on your diamond jewelry. Keep your diamond away from chlorine bleach or other household chemicals. You should also remove your diamond jewelry before entering a chlorinated pool or hot tub.

  • Clean your diamonds regularly using a commercial jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution and use a soft brush to dislodge dust or dirt from under the setting. Better yet, take it to your jeweler to have it cleaned regularly.

  • Always thoroughly rinse and dry your jewelry after cleaning and before storage.

  • Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle clean jewelry by its edges.

 

Colored Gemstones

There are many different types of colored gemstones, some of which require specific care and cleaning. While it would be impossible to list all the possibilities, here are some general care and cleaning rules that apply to all colored gemstone jewelry.

  • Many natural gemstones are treated or enhanced from the time they are extracted from the earth, by one or more traditionally accepted jewelry industry practices. These treatments and enhancements can affect how you should clean and care for your colored gemstone jewelry. If you have any questions or concerns at all please contact us for more information on caring for treated or enhanced gemstones.

  • After wearing, wipe your precious gemstone jewelry thoroughly with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth. This will enhance the luster of the gemstones and ensure that your jewelry is clean before storage.

  • Store gemstone pieces individually in soft pouches or separated in your jewelry box.

  • Do not expose your precious gemstone pieces to saltwater or harsh chemicals, such as chlorine or detergents. These chemicals may slowly erode the finish and polish of the gemstone.

  • Hairspray, perfume and perspiration may cause jewelry to become dull. Apply all cosmetics, perfumes and colognes before putting on colored gemstone jewelry. Make sure to wipe your gemstones after wear to remove and chemicals, oils or perspiration.

  • Do not subject gemstone jewelry to sudden temperature changes.

  • If you have an active lifestyle, take extra precautions with some types of gemstone jewelry. Emeralds, for example, are brittle and should not be worn when doing household chores or any other activity where the stone could be hit or damaged.

  • Almost all colored gemstone jewelry can be safely cleaned using a mild soap and water solution and a soft brush.

  • Always thoroughly rinse and dry your jewelry after cleaning and before storage.

 

Gold and Platinum Jewelry

Gold jewelry pieces make up the majority of many fine jewelry collections. Gold comes in many different styles and colors, but the care and cleaning procedure remains the same. Platinum, while not as prevalent as gold, is cared for in the same way.

  • Remove all gold jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form on gold jewelry, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film, you immediately reduce the frequency with which your pieces will need to be cleaned.

  • To clean your jewelry, you can get a jewelry-specific cleaner from your jeweler or a mild soap and water solution works fine. In addition, a soft chamois cloth is an inexpensive way to keep your pieces lustrous and shining.

  • Be careful to avoid chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your gold jewelry. Do not wear gold jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.

  • You can remove tarnish with jewelry cleaner or by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Carefully brush with a soft bristle brush. An old toothbrush can also be used. After the brushing, simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow to dry.

  • Grease can be removed from gold jewelry by dipping the jewelry into plain rubbing alcohol (not gemstones!).

  • Sterling Silver Jewelry

  • Sterling silver jewelry, like other precious metals, can oxidize with time. But properly maintained, silver jewelry improves with age and develops a lush patina. Treat you silver well, care for it properly and it will reward you with a long life and lustrous look.

  • Clean your silver jewelry with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up, and then pat dry with a soft cloth. For more stubborn dirt, use a jewelry cleaner designed for silver use.

  • Store your silver in a cool, dry place, preferably in a tarnish-preventive bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Store pieces individually so that they don’t knock together and scratch.

  • Do not rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth or a fine piece of felt. Tissue paper and paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibers in these products.

  • Make sure your silver is not exposed to air and light during storage, this can cause the silver to tarnish. And don’t wear sterling silver in chlorinated water or when working with household chemicals.

 

Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls are precious jewels and should be treated as such. They’re also the products of living creatures. Cultured pearls are formed when an irritant is introduced into a mollusk. The mollusk secretes a substance called nacre, which covers the irritant and produces the pearl. Nacre gives pearls the rainbow of colors and luster that makes these gemstones so treasured, but its delicate nature also makes pearls particularly susceptible to damage. For this reason, you should be extra careful with your cultured pearl jewelry.

  • Apply cosmetics, hair spray and perfume before putting on any pearl jewelry. When you remove the jewelry, wipe it carefully with a soft cloth to remove any traces of these substances.

  • You can also wash your pearl jewelry with mild soap and water.

  • Do not clean cultured pearls with any chemicals, abrasives or solvents. These substances can damage your pearls.

  • Always lay cultured pearl strands flat to dry. Hanging strands may stretch the thread.

  • Do not toss your cultured pearl jewelry carelessly into a purse, bag or jewelry box. A pearl’s surface is soft and can be scratched by hard metal edges or by the harder gemstones of other jewelry pieces.

  • Place cultured pearls in a chamois bag or wrap them in tissue paper when putting them away.

  • Cosmetics, perspiration, oils and ordinary wear weaken and stress the threads on which the pearls may be strung. If worn frequently, bring your pearl stands in for restringing once a year. Make sure that the pearls are strung with knots between each pearl. This will prevent loss of pearls if the string should break.

 

Watches

Watches need the same amount of attention as fine jewelry. Fine watches are sophisticated and precise pieces of equipment with the price often reflecting the skilled workmanship that goes into a fine timepiece. In order to get the most satisfaction out of your watch, you should follow some simple care and cleaning guidelines.

  • No matter how handy you are, don't attempt to perform watch repairs yourself. Only an expert jeweler/watchmaker should be trusted to put your watch back into working condition.

  • Give your watch a quick check on a regular basis, making sure that the strap or bracelet is securely attached to the watch face.

  • A mechanical watch should be checked regularly by your jeweler/watchmaker or an authorized dealer, and serviced according the manufacturer's guidelines.

  • If applicable, wind your watch in a clockwise direction, preferably about the same time each day. Remove the watch from your wrist when winding so as not to place undue pressure on the stem.

  • Replace broken or scratched crystals immediately. Even a hairline crack can let dust and moisture into the timekeeping mechanism, threatening its accuracy.

  • Unless the degree of water-resistance is clearly specified when you purchase your watch, do not wear it into the shower or pool or on a moist wrist.

  • When you need a new battery, immediately have your jeweler/watchmaker or an authorized dealer replace the watch battery. Dead batteries left in the watch can leak or corrode, ruining the timepiece.

  • Do not attempt to change the watch battery in a watch yourself. If your watch is water-resistant, a water-resistance test should be performed after the battery has been replaced, to ensure that water will not leak into and damage the watch.

  • Battery life varies considerably according to the type of watch and its functions.

  • Oils from your skin can build up on a watch. If your watch is water-resistant, you can give it a quick cleaning with a mixture of warm water and mild soap or detergent. Dry the watch with a soft cloth after cleaning. If your watch has a strap made out of leather or another material, you should clean only the watch face and not the strap.

  • If your watch is not water-resistant, or you're not sure, do not immerse it in water. Clean the piece with a slightly damp cloth and then dry.