Care of Your Jewelry
General Care of Jewelry
- Keep your jewelry free of dirt, cosmetics, hair spray, perfume, and perspiration.
- Avoid salt water and harsh chemicals such as chlorine or detergents which can harm all jewelry.
- After wearing, wipe your jewelry with a clean, soft, damp cloth. This will enhance the luster and assure that your jewelry is clean before being stored.
- Store your jewelry in a soft pouch.
- Don't sleep in your jewelry. It can be dangerous to you and the jewelry.
- Remove all jewelry before bathing, swimming or using any chemicals. Soap can leave a dulling film; chemicals such as chlorine or cleaning solutions can damage your jewelry.
Care of Gemstone Jewelry
- Don’t place gemstones in ultrasonic cleaners.
- Avoid cleaning solutions, perfume and hair spray while wearing them.
- Never use commercial cleaning solutions to clean them. Use only a soft cloth and lukewarm water.
- Don't boil or use hot water for cleaning.
- Never wear your opal jewelry in very cold weather, while washing dishes, or handling frozen foods. Extreme temperature variations may cause cracking.
Care of Gold and Platinum Jewelry
- For a light cleaning of your gold jewelry, use a very diluted solution of liquid detergent in lukewarm water and a soft cloth or baby toothbrush. To remove grease or oil, dip your precious metal jewelry into plain rubbing alcohol.
- Protect your gold jewelry from scratching by using pouches or a compartmentalized jewelry box.
Care of Opaque Stone Jewelry
- Stones such as lapis, turquoise, coral, onyx and malachite are sometimes treated to enhance natural color or luster. Although this treatment is generally colorfast, it may run upon contact with hair spray, perfume, or dry cleaning solution.
- Never wear these stones while bathing, swimming, or while working with chemicals or detergents, as they may ruin the finish of the stones.
- Avoid exposure of these stones to any chemicals or detergents.
- Shell cameos, as well as those carved from blue, green or brown agate, require simple cleaning with a damp cloth. No chemical dips, ultrasonic or steam cleaning.
Care of Sterling Silver Jewelry
- Never wear your sterling silver jewelry while swimming in chlorinated water, as the chlorine may cause discoloration of the metal.
- As with other fine jewelry exposure to any chemicals may damage the finish.
- Exposure to light and air will naturally cause silver to tarnish. For touch up polishing, use a cloth or mitt specially designed to remove tarnish without scratching the silver.
- Some of the silver jewelry we sell has a tarnish resistant finish. It is best to lightly hand polish these pieces.
- Store your silver in a cool dry place, individually wrapped to prevent it from being scratched by other jewelry.
Care of Cultured Pearls
The surface coating, or "nacre" of cultured pearls is a soft organic material which requires special care to prevent chipping, cracking or discoloration.
- "Last on - first off" - put your cultured pearls on after applying cosmetics, hair spray, nail polish, or perfume. Similarly remove them before beginning your nighttime beauty regimen.
- Never wear cultured pearls while bathing swimming or while working with chemicals. All of these substances will damage the nacre coating of your cultured pearls or the silk on which they are strung.
- Use a clean, soft, dry cloth to wipe your pearls after wearing, and store them in a soft pouch or cloth, never plastic, to prevent scratching by other jewelry.
- If your cultured pearls become more heavily soiled, it's time for a professional cleaning and restringing.
- Your pearls should be professionally cleaned and restrung every year or two (more frequently if you wear them often). Ordinary wear and air pollution will weaken the silk threads on which they are strung.