Over time, fine jewelry can become a treasured family heirloom if it is cared for properly. There are many factors that work to cloud the brilliance of diamonds and gemstones. Dust, particles in the air, and even daily wear are some examples of such. The surface of gold, platinum and silver jewelry can become tarnished. Worn or broken prongs and clasps can result in the loss of a stone or an entire piece of jewelry.
Professional cleanings are recommended as often as once a year. We encourage you to bring your jewelry back to us for professional servicing. Our staff is knowledgeable and skilled in all aspects of jewelry care, including cleaning precious and semi-precious stones, restringing pearls and all varieties of jewelry repairs.
Between professional cleanings, we recommend the occasional use of a mild cleaner for diamond jewelry. Avoid exposing gold jewelry to household bleach, which will quickly cause gold to discolor and possibly disintegrate. Jewelry storage is important as well. At the time of purchase, all jewelry is wrapped in a protective box. When not being worn, we recommend that you place it back in its original case or another box for safe keeping.
Certain principal precautions should be taken with all of your jewelry. However, certain gemstones require special care.
If hit with enough force or at the right point of impact, even a diamond may chip. Take precaution to protect your jewelry from impact against hard surfaces and avoid contact with abrasive surfaces. Many stones such as amethyst, emerald, opal, pearl, peridot, tanzanite and tourmaline are very fragile and easily damaged. Enamel can also chip or scratch when struck. Gemstones can scratch other gemstones and wear away at precious metals. Therefore, take caution when wearing multiple rings and bracelets that may be susceptible to such damage. Extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics, ultrasonic cleaning and household chemicals can also damage jewelry.
If worn often, pearls should be cleaned and restrung professionally once a year. Between cleanings, wipe pearls gently with a damp cloth.