Care & Clean
Fine jewelry is a precious possession that is designed and crafted to last a lifetime. However, proper care is required to assure the lasting qualities of your jewelry. Jewelers of America (JA) is pleased to offer the following simple guidelines and tips for the care and cleaning of your fine jewelry.
Diamond jewelry is very popular. Some pieces, such as diamond engagement and wedding rings, are often worn 24 hours a day. Even though you may wear your diamond jewelry around the clock, you should give thought to its care. Diamonds are durable, but they still require proper maintenance. Diamonds can get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps, even natural skin oils, put a film on diamonds and cut down 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.
There are many different types of colored gemstones, some of which require specific care and cleaning procedures. It would be impossible to enumerate all of them in this brochure. However, there are some general care and cleaning rules which apply to all colored gemstone jewelry.
Karat Gold Jewelry
Karat 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 is one of the rarest and most durable precious metals. It is resistant to tarnishing and discoloration due to chlorine and other chemicals. These factors, along with its strength and white luster, have made platinum an increasingly popular choice for jewelry, either on its own or as the setting for diamonds and other precious gemstones. However, despite its durability, platinum jewelry needs to be properly cared for.
Sterling Silver Jewelry
Sterling silver, like other precious metals, can oxidize with time. But properly maintained silver jewelry improves with age and develops a lush patina. Treat your silver well, care for it properly and it will reward you with a long life and a lustrous look.
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.
Watches need the same amount of attention as fine jewelry. Fine watches are sophisticated and precise pieces of equipment; the price often reflects 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.
Pearls have been treasured for their lustrous, creamy texture and subtle iridescent reflections since the dawn of humankind. They are produced by a living organism, therefore require special care because they contain calcareous crystals that are sensitive to chemicals and acids. Gently remove tarnish and dirt from your silver, gold and platinum jewelry by polishing with a treated polishing cloth, restoring the patina to the metal. Avoid rubbing the pearl with chemically treated cloths. You may gently wipe your pearls with a dry or damp cloth. Do not hang pearls necklaces for storage. The silk used for stringing and knotting will stretch over time. With proper care, your treasured pearl gemstones can remain in good condition for centuries to come.
The finish of pearls is damaged from chemicals. This includes perfume, hairspray, lotion, oil, solvents, nail polish removers, chemically treated cloths, etc. Pearl jewelry is the last item put on before leaving your home and the first thing you remove upon returning home. It is best to remove rings before washing hands with soap or when applying lotion.
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