To insure the longevity of your piece of jewelry, as well as any other pieces of jewelry you may have, we recommend following the guidelines listed below....
- STORAGE AND WEAR -
Transport and store jewelry, especially diamond jewelry, separate from other pieces. The rubbing of metal on metal or diamonds can create scratches and accelerate the appearance of wear over time. Store silver in airtight containers to limit the appearance of tarnish. In addition, store silver jewelry away from areas you may spray perfume or use cleaning chemicals or chlorinated water. Chemicals or oils in these products can create a superficial patina or accelerate tarnish by reacting to the small copper content found in sterling silver, and in rare cases 14k and 18k gold alloys. Repeated exposure to chlorinated water and sulfur springs can also be a factor in the malfunctioning of clasps on necklaces by prematurely corroding the steel springs within these mechanisms. Hand lotions, moisturizers and soap can build up over time on or around diamonds and lessen their brilliance. Apply these products and let them absorb before putting on your jewelry.
Many of the designs are delicate in nature and have elements of micro pave and detailed textures. To preserve the detail and structural integrity of these pieces, it is good to be aware of activities that can harm your jewelry. Remove rings when engaging in high impact sports, lifting heavy objects, and intense manual labor that may cause rings to rub on things repeatedly. While manufacturing techniques are used to make pieces highly durable, precious metals such as gold and silver are much softer than steel and can bend with excessive force and when pressed against heavy objects.
Gemstones other than diamonds, such as sapphire, ruby and other colored stones should also be treated with extra care, especially on rings. These stones have lower hardness than diamonds and can show accelerated wear in the form of chips and abraded facets if not properly cared for. As with delicate elements of micro pave (small diamond setting), try to remove these before heavy lifting or continual manual labor where they may make contact against hard or abrasive surfaces.
- CLEANING TIPS -
If you find your silver is beginning to tarnish, you can use an old toothbrush and mild soap/detergent to scrub the piece to help restore the finish. A polishing cloth is also handy to remove tarnish and can be found at container store or general stores like Target.
Oxidized/ blackened silver items, can also be cleaned in the same fashion. However, avoid ultrasonic cleaning. The intensive nature of ultrasonic cleaning can often strip the blackened oxidized finish. Also avoid using abrasives such as toothpaste or baking soda to clean oxidized jewelry as these substances will remove the darkened surface finish. Overtime depending on the degree of wear, the blackened surface may lessen. If you would like the patina restored please contact us for more details. Feel free to make contact for more details about any of the cleaning methods mentioned.
Using a toothbrush and mild soap can provide a good basic cleaning. For a more intensive cleaning on all gold pieces, you can purchase a small at ultrasonic cleaning unit can be purchased.
For diamonds set in only gold, a good at-home cleaning method is using a toothbrush and glass cleaner. The ammonia content of the cleaner can help breakdown the oils and lotions that can build up. For a more intensive cleaning for all gold diamond jewelry, you can purchase an at home ultrasonic cleaning device. For oxidized silver and gold, use mild soap and water.
Gems such as sapphire are safe to be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning device. They can also be cleaned by hand with mild soap and warm water or a cleaning product with a little ammonia to break down any soap and lotion build up. A toothbrush is also safe. Stones such as tourmaline, garnet or turquoise should be cleaned only by hand with warm soap and water using the toothbrush. These items cannot generally be cleaned in an ultra sonic cleaner as that cleaning method may harm the gem. Given that, you may have to soak them in warm water longer before cleaning.
Opals are very beautiful and fragile and should be worn with utmost care. It is advised that rings with opals not be worn every day or worn with extra care. Opals are a much softer stone and have the potential to crack and abrade much easier that majority of of other colored stones. Clean with mild soap and water and a toothbrush, never use harsh chemicals or an ultrasonic cleaner. Try to remove when washing hands or while in a shower or pool to avoid any chemical exposure.