Jewelry Care Tips
With a little TLC, your beautiful new jewelry should last you a lifetime. Ensure that it does by following our simple jewelry care tips.
- As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewelry and always store it in a jewelry box. Moisture and salts encourage the appearance of tarnish, so keep it bone dry with a desiccant packet. Do not store jewelry in the bathroom.
- Keeping pieces stored in individual ziplock bags will help prevent oxidation and scratches.
- Remember to fasten your necklaces and bracelets when storing, to prevent them from getting tangled or knotted.
- Regular cleaning will help jewelry retain its shine. You can gently clean your jewelry with warm soapy water and a soft brush to keep it sparkling. A few drops of ammonia can help stubborn dirt. Try using a little dental pick (the little bristled Christmas tree-shaped picks work great) to get inside nooks. After cleaning, dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
- We believe jewelry should be worn daily (we sleep in our jewelry and shower in it) but there are a few activities where we recommend removing your jewels – remove jewelry when coming in contact with harsh cleaning chemicals; remove rings when coming in contact with rocks or gardening; remove necklaces when holding grabby babies; remove delicate bracelets when wearing a nubby sweater (as they may get caught).
- If you find yourself with a particularly stubborn knot in a chain, your best tools are a needle and some patience.
Care Tips For Gold
Bright yellow and very soft in its pure 24k form, gold is often alloyed (combined with other metals) to strengthen it and change its color. All 14k gold is 58.5% pure 24k gold (you might see 14k stamped with a 585 to represent this karat type). For example, rose gold is created by adding copper to the 24k gold, and white gold is made by alloying it with silver or palladium.
Containing no oxides, gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken with your gold jewelry. Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal (14kt is more scratch resistant than 18kt or 22kt).
Gold should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint free polishing cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewelry looking its best.
Care Tips For Silver
All sterling silver naturally oxidizes or tarnishes. Prolonged exposure to the air and your body’s natural chemistry can expedite this process. Avoid direct contact with showers, perfume, lotion, chlorine, and bleach. All silver jewelry should be stored in a little air-tight ziplock bag to slow the oxidation process.
Care Tips For Diamonds
While diamonds are extremely hard, they can still suffer chips and fractures from sharp blows. It is possible to scratch a diamond with a diamond, so please take care when wearing and storing your diamond jewelry.
Care Tips For Gemstones
Gemstone hardness is based on a standard called the Mohs scale, where the higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone; conversely, the lower the Mohs scale number, the more susceptible the stone is to scratching, chipping, and breaking. It is important to consider this when cleaning, wearing and storing your gemstone jewelry.
As a rule of thumb, gemstones at 7 and above on the Mohs scale can be cleaned with warm water, a touch of mild detergent and a soft brush. For gemstones less than 7, swap the soft brush for a soft cloth. Many gemstones are also susceptible to damage by chemicals, water and even sunlight, where prolonged exposure to the latter may cause them to become paler. Examples include amethyst, ametrine, aquamarine, aventurine, beryl, citrine, kunzite, rose and smoky quartz.
Some gemstones such as opal, pearl and turquoise are fairly porous and should not be immersed in water for too long. Particular care should be taken when cleaning your emerald jewelry. A widespread practice is to treat emeralds with some form of fine oil in order to disguise the very frequent appearance of flaws. For this reason, emeralds should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaning device; as such treatment will usually empty any flaws which reach the surface of the stone of any oil content, with a disastrous effect on appearance.
Care Tips For Silk
Our silk friendship bracelets are made with 100% silk and should be treated with the same care that you reserve for a favorite silk blouse. Avoid all contact with water, soap, and perfume as cleaning them is difficult.