for your Jewelry
Your Precious Metals
Your Precious Metals
all want to wear our jewelry when and where we want. At the
same time, we want to be sure that what we do with our jewelry
is good for its long-term care and protection.
Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasives. Don't wear rings, bracelets
and other jewelry while working with power tools. Store each
piece separately in a soft cloth pouch or in the separate compartments
of a jewelry case. Check that gem settings are secure. If not,
ask a professional jeweler to re-set or tighten them. Common
sense may often be the best guide to caring for your jewelry.
what you can do to assure your jewelry will bring you years
of enjoyment. You may want to print these reminders and keep
them with your jewelry.
clean jewelry with gold, platinum and most gemstones, make
a dilute solution of mild dishwashing liquid. Use 1 tablespoon
to 2 cups of lukewarm water in a bowl. Loosen dirt by soaking
jewelry in a strainer for 10 to 20 minutes. Lightly and carefully
use a soft brush to work out dirt. Gently use a toothpick
to reach into crevices. Rinse with clean lukewarm water. If
you rinse in a sink, close the drain first.
cleaning, always make sure your jewelry is dry and that all
of the gems have remained tight, before you put it away. Dampness
and moisture can damage clasps, jeweler's cement and even
the cording of a pearl necklace. Carefully, pat dry with a
clean, soft and dry towel. Place cleaned pieces on a towel
to dry. When the towel is dry, your jewelry should be dry
and ready to store.
you use a commercial jewelry cleaner, pay careful attention
to the directions. Caution: to protect jewelry from possible
damage, cleaners must be fresh. Check the shelf-life or expiration
date. Old, contaminated or improperly sealed cleaners should
not be used.
Remove jewelry before bathing and grooming. Hair spray, make-up,
moisturizer, perfume and soap can leave a dull film on jewelry.
When dressing in the morning or for an evening out, put jewelry
jewelry properly requires a little extra care to do right.
Diamonds and other gemstones are hard enough to scratch metal
jewelry and to mar the surfaces of other stones they come
in contact with. Store gemstones in their own individual soft
cloth pouches. Or, place them in a jewelry box where each
piece has its own separate compartment. Metal jewelry should
also be stored separately, so pieces can't come in contact
and scuff their surfaces.
cleaners of any kind, including chlorine bleach, should never
be used on jewelry. Chlorine can blacken silver and the discoloration
may be impossible for all but a professional jeweler to remove. NOTE: Chlorine in pools, washers, etc. can attack
gold jewelry, causing it to become brittle and crack.
This leads to serious problems such as the breaking-off of
Temperature is important to the health of your jewelry. Normal
seasonal temperatures are not a problem. Extreme heat, like
that of boiling water, can damage pearls or soften jeweler's
cement. Sudden upswings to extreme levels may fracture certain
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Take a Little Time To Protect Years of Beauty
any jewelry of value, pearls require proper care to keep them
looking their best. The surface of a pearl is soft; they are
sensitive to dramatic changes in temperature. Moreover, they
are affected by acids, cosmetics and perfumes, perspiration
and hair spray. To be safe, wait until you are completely
ready for the evening before you put on your pearls.
use abrasives or solvents to clean pearls. Cleaning products
with ammonia should be avoided. Steam-cleaning or using an ultrasonic
cleaner can damage pearls. Do not use anything that could scratch
the surface, including tooth brushes.
a mild liquid soap, you can wash pearls in water with a soft
cloth. To dry, spread them on a moist towel. When both are dry,
the pearls should be ready to wear. Wearing a necklace that
is still moist will stretch the string.
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Your pearls should be restrung about every 5 years, depending
on how hard you wear them.