A few tips for caring for your jewelry
Caring for your jewelry could at times seem overwhelming with all of the do’s and don’ts out there about what you should be doing. To set the record straight, we have outlined a few basic principles of good jewelry care that will keep your jewelry looking brand new and without breaking the bank.
A regular professional cleaning is always a good idea. At least once a year you should have a professional look at it and do a thorough cleaning, especially the items that you wear often or are more valuable to you like a wedding ring.
For most of your day to day wear and care you can handle it all by yourself with just a few tools. We will look at how to care for diamonds, watches, pearls, and other metals.
For diamonds, use a soft-bristled brush, like a toothbrush. Just make sure that it is the soft kind. You can just use that around the diamond to clean it.
Be gentle as you scrub any grime around the prongs and the diamond itself. You should avoid directly touching the diamond as much as possible though. After scrubbing around the prongs with your soft brush
Next add a small amount of mild ammonia to some water to create a solution. Soak your ring in this and swish it around in your solution and after rinse with warm water. Make sure and put a strainer in the sink or close the drain if you are rinsing it off in a sink. You would hate to lose your sparkling clean diamond.
Finally dry off your diamonds with a lint-free cloth and you are all set.
Enjoy your beautiful sparkling diamonds, and experience the difference in brilliance
Whether or not your watch claims to be water resistant, for cleaning purposes remove the band from the face of the watch to make sure that there will be no damage to the mechanics of the watch. The following applies to metal banded watches only. You should not soak leather banded watches in this solution.
Start by removing the band or bracelet from the watch. If you can’t do this, be very careful in cleaning the watch so that you don’t cause serious water damage.
Fill a small bowl half full of water and add just a little bit of mild dish detergent.
Next, place the metal bands into the solution and let it soak there for a few minutes. If they have a lot of build-up on them then you may consider leaving them there longer.
Just like with your diamonds, use a soft, non-metallic brush to get rid of any access dirt.
Finally rinse with clean water and dry with a lint-free cloth or air dry. Make sure you remove any moisture on the bands so that no problems develop.
It is suggested that you apply this to your watch every two months if you wear the watch regularly.As is true for almost all jewelry, avoid wrist contact with products such as cosmetics, detergents, moisturizers and perfumes, which can seriously damage a watch’s function and finish.
Pearls should be restrung every few years to replace the strand they are threaded on, which can weaken over time. Depending on how often you wear your pearls, they should be re-strung occasionally. This will help to prevent breakage from threads that have become weakened from wear and tear, as well as by skin oils and cosmetics.
Because fine strands of pearls are knotted between each and every pearl, even a break is not a catastrophe and you won’t see your pearls rolling all over the floor, should an accident occur. Check the clasp on your strand of pearls periodically to be sure it closes securely.
Always apply perfume, hairspray and makeup before putting on your pearls. Also take off your pearls before removing any makeup. You don’t want any chemicals getting on your natural pearls. For cleaning, you can place them in a damp cloth and roll them up afterwords storing them in a cool place away from other jewelry.
For your mountings you can use rubbing alcohol to get rid of the stickiest stuff . For most of the time you can use that same soft brush and soap and water to care for most of your needs. Especially be careful when cleaning gold though because it can scratch relatively easily. Finish with a soft cloth and make sure that it doesn’t leave any fuzz or threads behind while you dry it. Your metal jewelry will now be back to it’s former glory. For restoration or re-dipping you will need to bring it into your jeweler.
For mountings, you can use rubbing alcohol to dissolve some of the stickier grime. Soap and water and a soft brush will take care of most of your cleaning needs. Make sure the brush is VERY soft when used on metal, especially gold, which can be scratched relatively easily. Use a soft cloth that won’t leave fuzz or threads behind to dry and buff your jewelry once it’s cleaned.
You now have the tools to keep your jewelry looking it’s best. Don’t forget to have it checked by a professional and cleaned at least once a year but you should be set.