Fine Jewelry Care
Keep Your Jewelry Looking its Best
Caring for your fine jewelry is a necessary requirement for all jewelry collectors, gemstones are among the sturdiest materials, and they do require care, so that when handed down as heirlooms years from now, they are just as brilliantly impressive as they are today, to be treasured forever.
Most translucent and hard gemstones can withstand being cared for by simply cleaning the jewelry with mild nonabrasive hand soap, or with a soft bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. As well as being cleaned by using a dap of water diluted ammonia to remove any type film. If you keep your jewelry clean, it may take no more than a few minutes of soaking in mild soapy water, and being dried off with a clean soft cloth.
Placing a soft bath cloth in the sink over the drain will help to prevent the gems from chipping if they are dropped or fall from your hand as you care for your jewelry, or from where you have placed your jewelry to dry while you clean any other jewelry or loosing your jewelry or settings while cleaning your jewelry.
Since you will usually be keeping your hands busy with day-to-day life activities, it is recommended to remove your rings, while participating in any type of vigorous work, so that they do not succumb to any hard blows or knocks, which can cause some gems to chip, crack or break. While applying hand cream or body lotion it is best to remove rings, bracelets and necklaces as creams and lotions tend to leave heavy build-ups on gemstones and their settings.
Some jewelry will be in need of special care.
Some opaque gems such as turquoise, opals and onyx should never be cleaned with ammonia or ultrasonic cleaners. Opals should be kept away from strong lighting and heat as this can dry out the opals. The organic substance of amber, coral and pearl should only be wiped with a soft cloth while being cleaned.
These gems are also to chemicals, many are found in cosmetics, hairspray and perfume, and over time, and these chemicals can greatly damage your prized jewelry.
While caring for your gemstone and metal jewelry, take care not to scratch metal surfaces that are highly polished by using an abrasive substance, as this will cause the bright polish of metal to become dull.
Gold, silver and platinum are all susceptible to being scratched by the natural hardness of gemstones, taking care to store your jewelry separately is recommended. Storing your precious jewelry, in soft lint free bags, clothes or separate compartments of a jewelry box will keep your jewelry looking attractive for years.
If you not absolutely sure if it's safe for your gemstones to be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, do not place them there for cleansing care, as some gems are susceptible to internal stress and dong so may shatter the gems.