Although gemstones are among the most durable of substances, following a few simple guidelines will ensure your jewellery is as beautiful as the day you bought it.
Our Essential Fine Jewellery Care Tips:
* Store your fine jewellery seperately to avoid scratching.
* Store Fine Jewellery away from heat or direct sunlight.
* Apply make-up, hairspray and perfume before putting on your fine jewellery.
* Remove fine jewellery before using household chemicals.
* Do not wear fine jewellery in a swimming pool or hot tub. Chlorine and extreme heat can damage gemstones and metals.
Storing Your Fine Jewellery
|Cleaning Your Fine Jewellery
Dust, pollution and daily wear can cloud the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of the precious metal. We suggest that your jewellery receive periodic professional maintenance. Most diamond and precious stone jewellery (with the exception of opals and emeralds) can be cleaned in warm water, using a mild detergent. Always dry your jewellery after cleaning with a soft cloth.
Since many genuine gemstones and especially pearls are quite delicate, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times. Very porous stones such as pearls, opals and emeralds should be cleaned using an untreated, dry, soft cloth ONLY. We do not recommend the use of any jewellery polishing cloths which have been treated with cleaners or polishing agents.
Cocktail Rings in particular can collect dust and soap behind the stone, particularly if you wear them all the time. To clean transparent crystalline gemstones, simply soak them in water with a touch of gentle soap. If necessary, use a soft toothbrush to scrub behind the stone. Think twice before putting gems in an ultrasonic cleaner.Diamonds and rubies and sapphires will be fine but many other gems may not be: when in doubt, leave it out. Diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and other single-crystal gems can be cleaned with a touch of ammonia in water to remove all films and add extra sparkle.
Opaque gemstones like lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, require special care. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner and never use ammonia or any chemical solution. These gem materials should just be wiped clean gently with a moist cloth. These gemstones can be porous and may absorb chemicals, even soap, and they may build up inside the stone and discolour it.
Organic gems like pearls, coral, and amber should only be wiped clean with a moist cloth. Due to their organic nature, these gems are both soft and porous. Be careful about chemicals in hairspray, cosmetics, or perfume: they can, over time, damage pearls in particular. Also, some stones can be quite porous (such as Opal, Pearl and Turquoise), which is why you shouldn't leave these kinds of stones immersed in water for too long.