Jewelry is any fine piece of adornment made with precious metals and stones. When it comes to jewelry, people often forget how important it is to take care of these fine pieces of art. They are very delicate and to make it more durable, alloys of precious metals have reactions to different environments.
It’s important to tend to jewelry from time to time, and we are here to help you with a few tips on how to do your best to keep your diamond jewelry nice and shining.
Few basic tips to keep in mind:
Remove jewelry when working in the kitchen, garden, or while cleaning.
Clean jewelry regularly. Soap and oils from fingerprints can significantly detract from jewelry luster and shine.
Apply makeup before putting on jewelry. Chemicals in cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotions can often damage metals, pearls and other types of jewelry.
Avoid wearing jewelry in swimming pools and spas. Chlorine can react with metals causing color and structural damage,
Contact Sports and jewelry don't mix. Hard blows can dislodge a gemstone from its setting.
Separate pieces of jewelry when storing it. Contact can lead to abrasion.
Heat can fracture gems. Store gemstone jewelry in a temperate location.
Fine jewelry should be regularly inspected to ensure that stones are securely set.
Diamond is the hardest natural substance found on earth. Nothing can break it or cut through it but a diamond. Though it is so tough to hurt a diamond, why do diamond jewelry need special attention and care? Diamonds are put in jewelry for its beauty and shine. To keep its beauty and shine intact diamond jewelry require special attention. The oil and sweat from your body can get stuck between the diamond and the setting making the diamond lose its shine. Also the constant wear and touch can cause the diamond to lose its brilliance.
If you want to take care of diamond jewelry yourself, here’s how you can clean it every week to keep its shine and brilliance intact:
Soak your diamond jewelry in any ammonia-based cleaner like Windex overnight. This will help in dissolving the dirt and oil settled in the diamond setting.
NOTE: Do not soak diamond jewelry in Chlorine-based cleaners/ abrasive cleaners/ toothpaste as it may corrode the metal setting and loosen the diamond.
Remove the jewelry from the cleaner and then with an unused brush GENTLY scrub the dirt around the setting to remove it and rinse it in water thoroughly.
Once rinsed, dry the jewelry with a soft lint-free cloth.
Your jewelry will look as good as new. Another option to clean jewelry is the using ultrasonic cleaners. These machines use sound waves and cleaning fluid to clean jewelry. But, this appliance needs to be used with caution as it can loosen the metal setting and damage antique metals.
Jewelry is not only about the jewels that are studded on the metal but also about the metal used to make the jewelry. The metal used to make jewelry also needs a lot of care to look as bright as the studs on it. Overtime, with constant use, it is possible for metals to lose their shine and also tarnish due to its exposure to moisture.
Jewelry gets subjected to many chemicals during its lifetime. Chemicals from cosmetics and soaps can cause metals to tarnish and even cause corrosion.
Metals are more delicate as compared to the diamonds studded in them. While cleaning, you need to keep in mind the softness of the metal so as to avoid loosening of the metal setting. Instead of using chlorine or ammonia based cleaners which can be harsh on the metal, you can use a commercial jewelry cleaner or a mild detergent like dishwashing soap and then with a soft brush like a makeup brush clean the dirt settled in the setting. Use a soft lint-free cloth to dry it.
Storing jewelry is the most neglected part of jewelry care. Heavy diamond jewelry isn’t usually worn everyday and hence needs to be stored with care so that it doesn’t get damaged. Usually jewelry is stored in a big box with all the jewelry together without separating it into different sections or bags. This may damage the diamond, hamper the setting or ever break small and delicate chains. If you do not have a well-separated jewelry box, it is safer to store the jewelry in the box it is packed in during purchase as it has a soft cushioning to avoid bruising of the jewelry.
If in any case the jewelry gets damaged, we’ll help you restore it. To know more about how we can help you with damaged jewelry, check our lifetime warranty policy.