Maintenance Works Magic
We’re here to help you keep your jewelry looking its best. So don’t forget to let us inspect and repair your jewelry every six months. A little TLC goes a very long way.
They may be the hardest substance on Earth, but unfortunately diamonds can still be chipped. That’s why it’s best not to wear your diamond jewelry when you know it will be subjected to harsh physical conditions. And, because sometimes even everyday activities can be tough on your favorite diamond pieces, it’s important to have a jeweler examine them every six months for signs of damage. Remember, prongs can wear thin and diamonds may fall out.
It’s also important to take special care with your diamond ring around water where it can become loose and slip off. Remember, to try and avoid wearing your ring in chlorinated water, since over time chlorine can damage the metal in the setting.
Finally, don’t store your diamond jewelry next to other jewelry pieces because it can scratch them. A fabric-lined jewelry case with separate compartments is ideal, but you can also keep them in separate pouches or wrapped in soft fabric or tissue paper.
Chlorine can weaken gold so it’s best to remove your gold jewelry before swimming or spending time in hot tubs. Also, you should avoid wearing gold chains, bracelets, and anklets when sleeping and always lay chains out flat when you’re not wearing them.
Pearls should be the last piece of jewelry you put on. And remember that direct contact with perfume or hairspray can damage a pearl’s finish.
To keep your jewelry looking its best it’s important to provide a little TLC. And that includes knowing the best way to clean specific stones and metals.
Clean your diamonds once or twice weekly by soaking them in an ammonia-based jewelry cleaner overnight. In the morning, remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any leftover dirt. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond, as this will be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt. (If there are other stones with your diamonds, make sure it’s safe to clean them with an ammonia-based cleaner.)
Most colored gemstones can be safely cleaned with mild dish soap, warm water, and a soft brush. However, pearls are a notable exception. They should only be surface cleaned with a moist cloth dipped in a very dilute soap-and-water solution – never dipped into a liquid or discoloration could occur.
We will be happy to tell you how to clean and care for all of your gems to keep them in like-new condition. If you’d like additional information, you can click here to be directed to a gemstone care guide from the International Gem Society.