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Jewelry Care Instructions: All You Need to Know

By Michaela Farkasovska || Jul 11, 2019

Learning how to take care of the jewelry in your life will help you to enjoy the full benefits of owning unique pieces of art and preserve them for future generations.  Following the suggestions listed below will keep the quality and luster of your jewelry.

General jewelry care instructions

These general jewelry care tips can be applied to different metal materials.

1. Store your jewelry correctly

Avoid entanglements, scratches, and damage of your jewelry by storing it in separate pouches and consider investing in a jewelry box with compartments that can safely organize and store your pieces.

Hard gemstones, such as diamonds, sapphires should not be stored with soft ones, e.g.: moonstone, opal in order to avoid damage from possible contact with another. If you do not have a pouch or a jewelry box available, wrapping each piece of jewelry separately in soft tissue paper is a good option. It is normal for sterling silver jewelry to tarnish over time, which you can prevent by storing it in air-tight zip log bag.

All Michaela Farkasovska Fine Jewelry comes in a padded box when purchased, which can be used for future storage or when traveling, to prevent damage or loss. We recommend removing jewelry before, undertaking strenuous activities, showering or going to sleep.

2. Stay clear of chemicals

A simple rule to keep your jewelry clean is to avoid having it on when applying hairspray, makeup, lotions, washing dishes or cleaning with any chemicals. This will prevent oil and dirt build up when using lotions, and avoid stains, deterioration, or surface abrasions when using chemicals. Swimming in chlorinated pools and using household cleaners while wearing valuable jewelry should be avoided at all costs.

3. Use simple cleaning methods

Jewelry made of gold, sterling silver, platinum, or palladium, can be safely cleaned with warm soapy water. Use mild soap and a soft brush (can be replaced with a water-pulsed dental brush or a lint-free cloth) to gently clean away dirt and dust. Always quickly rinse in a cup to avoid potential loss of a gemstone.

However, annual professional cleaning should be considered for important pieces and best upkeep.

Although professional ultrasonic cleaning kits can be purchased online, use them with caution as they should not be used on every metal nor gemstone in your jewelry. The vibrations from the device may also cause loosening of certain gemstones or corroding of metal. When in doubt, we recommend reaching out to a professional jeweler for an advice or cleaning.

4. Keep away from extreme temperatures / sudden temperature changes

Extreme and sudden temperature changes can cause fractures in certain gemstones. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to bleaching (in delicate materials such as pearls or ivory) or darkening (in materials like amber).

Certain gemstones, for example, topaz, can suffer from color fading or damage. Pearls and opals can dry out and become brittle or opaque.

Diamond jewelry care

Diamonds, sapphires along with rubies and other nonporous and hard materials can be safely cleaned with alcohol. The alcohol or a weak solution of ammonia will help clear away fingerprints and body oils. Avoid using harsh cleaners and solutions with chlorine.

Even hard gemstones should have their designated place. As mentioned before, wrapping each piece of jewelry in soft tissue paper is a good option as well.

Other Gemstone jewelry care

Soft, gemstones like pearls, coral, ivory, opals or turquoise require gentle care. Avoid storing them in tight zip log bag and store them in breathable place. Most of the gemstones can be cleaned as mentioned in general jewelry care instructions, but certain gems cannot.

Coral, pearl, and turquoise, for example, should only be wiped down with a damp cloth and dried thoroughly. This is because if submerged into the water, it’s chemicals and minerals will remain in the gemstone and will end up ruining it over a period of time. Hence wiping with a soft cloth after wearing is all that these stones need.

Sterling silver care

Any sterling silver jewelry without gems can be wrapped in cloth slightly damped with an anti-tarnish solution. It is important to keep sterling silver away from moist and airy storage areas. If storing sterling silver for a long period of time, make sure to give it a thorough cleaning. All silver jewelry should be dried completely before putting them away.

Sterling silver should always be wiped clean with a soft cloth instead of using a brush. A regular wiping is necessary to prevent a buildup of dirt and oils. If using a special polishing cloth, avoid wiping down any gems on the sterling silver. When this is the case, it is best to spot treat using a cotton swab with soapy water and dry lint-free cloth.

Gold jewelry care

Contrary to popular belief, gold is a soft metal and can be dented or scratched. Like with diamonds, chlorine can break the structure of gold. Only clean when the jewelry is visibly dirty to avoid over cleaning. Soak gold jewelry without gemstones in lukewarm soapy water.

However, if your gold jewelry has gemstones, then it is best to wipe clean instead of soaking. Afterward, rinse off any soap residue with pure water before drying off with a cloth. Placing gold jewelry with gemstones upside down while drying will help prevent moisture in the stone’s settings.

Treat your jewelry treasures with gentle care and TLC, best wrapping and storing them separately. This way you can enjoy wearing them for many years.

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