Fine jewelry is meant to be worn and passed down to future generations but proper care is required to assure the lasting qualities of your investments. Dust, pollution and daily wear contribute to dulling. Extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics, ultrasonic cleaning and household chemicals can also damage them. Worn prongs and broken clasps can result in the loss of a stone or an entire piece.
Taking simple steps to care for and clean your jewelry today, will help ensure that it will remain looking beautiful tomorrow.
Remove all jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. Apply all lotions, cosmetics, perfumes and colognes before putting on jewelry.
You should remove your jewelry before entering a chlorinated pool or hot tub. Keep your diamonds, gemstones and gold away from chlorine bleach and other household chemicals as it can damage and discolor them. You should also remove all jewelry before entering salt water as it can have similar effects.
Take care to protect your jewelry from impact and avoid contact with abrasive surfaces, such as when gardening. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force or at just the right angle. Gemstones can also scratch other gemstones and wear away at precious metals. Avoid stacking rings and bracelets that would be vulnerable.
Make sure to wipe your jewelry with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth after wear to remove any chemicals, oils or perspiration. Keep your jewelry in a soft pouch, fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with compartments and dividers when not worn.