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Jewelry Care

It is important to have your jewelry inspected and cleaned regularly by a jeweler you can trust.  However, there are many things you can do on your own to care for and protect your jewelry.  Following the precautions below will help you protect your valuable investments by avoiding some very real problems that arise from improper storage and exposure to harmful chemicals.

Storing Your Jewelry

Remove rings before performing cleaning, gardening and performing household chores.  Also remove all jewelry before bedtime and when using hairspray and perfume.  This alone will help your jewelry last for many years.

Store jewelry carefully in padded and separated boxes/pouches or cases.   Jewelry, unfortunately, can easily scratch each other, causing damage.

It is best to store necklaces and chains with clasps done, on individual hangers to avoid knotting.  Always store pearl strands and beads in soft pouches.

Store silver in an airtight zipper bag to prevent premature tarnishing of silver, .

When traveling, we recommend packing your jewelry in soft individual pouches or compartments.

Cleaning Your Jewelry

It is important to remember that precious metals like gold and silver and your gemstones are susceptible to damage from exposure to many household cleaning agents and chlorine. 

Clean your jewelry and gemstones with warm water, a soft brush such as a toothbrush, and use only a mild soap.  (please see chart below as 
some gemstones should not be cleaned with any soap, even a mild one).

Use a water pick, toothpick (used gently) or a soft toothbrush for hard to reach areas.

Use a soft, lint-free cloth, for drying and polishing your gemstones and gold and silver.  After each wearing clean pearls with a soft cloth.

Jewelry cleaning solutions and a soft toothbrush are also an effective cleaning method.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully, since some gemstones are too soft for jewelry cleaner.

We do not recomment ultrasonic cleaners.  There are too many ways they can damage your jewelry.

Gemstone Care

Listed below are commonly known gemstones and some rules of thumb for cleaning them.

Amethyst: A durable stone that can be cleaned using any method.  Avoid direct heat.

Aquamarine:  Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner - use only soap and water.  Avoid heat as it may cause discoloration.

Blue Topaz: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner.  Avoid prolonged exposure to light and heat.  Be careful to avoid sharp blows or sudden temperature changes.

Citrine: A durable stone that can be cleaned using any method.  Avoid direct heat.

Diamond:  A durable stone that can be cleaned using any method. 

Emerald: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner, as it may dissolve the oils inside the stone.  Emeralds should be cleaned gently with a small brush and lukewarm water.  Avoid sudden temperature changes and sharp blows.  Consider having your emeralds re-oiled periodically by your jeweler.

Garnet:  A very durable stone that can be cleaned using any method. 

Opal: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner or any ammonia based cleaner on the stone.  Clean with a small brush and lukewarm water. 

Pearl: Never use ultrasonic or steam cleaners.  Clean regularly (after each wearing) with a soft cloth.  Periodically clean with very mild non-detergent soap.  Lay pearls on a clean towel and dry completely before wear. Avoid contact with perfumes, cosmetics and household cleaners, and return your strand to your jeweler for periodic professional cleaning and restringing.

Peridot: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner.  Be careful to avoid sharp blows or sudden temperature changes.

Ruby: Rubies are generally very durable stones; however, avoid sharp blows or prolonged exposure to heat.

Sapphire: A very durable stone that can be cleaned using any method.  Avoid direct or prolonged exposure to heat.

Tanzanite: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner - use only soap and water.  Be careful to avoid sharp blows or sudden temperature changes.

Topaz: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner - use only soap and water.  Be careful to avoid sharp blows or sudden temperature changes.

Tourmaline: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner - use only soap and water.  Be careful to avoid sharp blows or sudden temperature changes.

Turquoise: Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner - use only soap and water.  Do not expose to ammonia or chlorine, and avoid prolonged exposure to heat (turquoise is susceptible to cracks when heated).

Zircon: A rather soft stone that may be damaged by heat or exposure to household chemicals.  Clean with a small brush and lukewarm water.