Jewelry Care

Caring for your jewelry

Each piece of my jewelry is handcrafted and therefore delicate. Please take care of your jewelry so you can enjoy them for a lifetime. All of my jewelry is made of sterling silver, 14 karat gold or 14 karat rose gold. These can all be cleaned with the soft cloth.

One of the most important, basic things you can do yourself to protect your jewelry and keep it in stellar condition for years, is inspecting it regularly. Before you put on your jewelry, take a few moments to carefully look it over and ensure that nothing is loose or unsteady and that there are no hairline cracks or other issues.

If you notice the beginnings of damage in the first place you can prevent further damage. If one of the prongs of your gemstone seems unsecure or overly worn, then you should avoid wearing the piece until a professional jeweler can check it out. Really, just admire your jewelry often to minimize potentially costly repairs and prevent headaches.

General care and storage

You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often, as the oils on your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny. Unfortunately, the metal will still become dull or darken with normal wear. This is because lotions, direct sunlight, soap, detergents, perfume, contact with household chemicals, salt water, chlorine in swimming pools and even perspiration all take their toll on fine jewelry and tend to accelerate tarnishing. Take off your jewelry before doing household chores or gardening to avoid knocking out stones, and it’s a good idea to take off your jewelry before applying creams and lotions. Gemstone settings can get clogged up with cream easily. There’s a reason ladies get dressed with jewelry last, as a finishing touch!

To avoid tarnishing when you store your jewelry, make sure it is stored airtight, as humidity is an enemy to precious metals. Your bathroom is the most convenient yet the worst possible place for you to store your jewelry. You can use little ziplock bags. Do make sure you don’t store multiple jewelry pieces in the same bag; the individual pieces can scratch each other. Keeping link or chain bracelets unclasped or unhooked will prevent scratching as well. If humidity is a problem, you can place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a package of silica gel in your jewelry box.

Sterling silver

You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewelry often, as the oils on your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny. Unfortunately, the metal will still become dull or darken with normal wear. This is because lotions, direct sunlight, soap, detergents, perfume, contact with household chemicals, salt water, chlorine in swimming pools and even perspiration all take their toll on fine jewelry and tend to accelerate tarnishing. Take off your jewelry before doing household chores or gardening to avoid knocking out stones, and it’s a good idea to take off your jewelry before applying creams and lotions. Gemstone settings can get clogged up with cream easily. There’s a reason ladies get dressed with jewelry last, as a finishing touch!

To avoid tarnishing when you store your jewelry, make sure it is stored airtight, as humidity is an enemy to precious metals. Your bathroom is the most convenient yet the worst possible place for you to store your jewelry. You can use little ziplock bags. Do make sure you don’t store multiple jewelry pieces in the same bag; the individual pieces can scratch each other. Keeping link or chain bracelets unclasped or unhooked will prevent scratching as well. If humidity is a problem, you can place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a package of silica gel in your jewelry box.

18 karat gold

Gold is not as reactive to air and skin as sterling silver, but still needs to be cleaned occasionally to keep its luster and shine.  A soft polishing cloth which has been impregnated will help keep your gold shining.Take care to be gentle and not to polish too enthusiastically; even with the added metals, gold is still very soft and easily scratched. You can also gently rub your gold jewelry with soap (use a soft wet toothbrush to transfer the foam from the soap to your jewels), rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Gemstones

All gemstones used are genuine and individually unique. Gemstones are porous rocks, and some stones easily absorb anything.  A gentle wipe with a moist cloth is often enough.  Avoid direct contact with water (salt or pool water with chlorine) and chemicals such as bleach, sulfur and detergents will erode the finish and polish of the gems leaving them dull. Hairspray, perfume, lotions and excessive perspiration can also cause dullness if not regularly cleaned off. It’s simply a matter of knowing what to do and what not to do when taking care of your precious stones.

Pearls and many softer gemstones can’t stand the force of cleaning agents or ultrasonic cleaners.

Regularly wipe your precious stone jewelry with a clean, soft damp cloth after wearing, and take them off when you put on lotions and creams. If creams or lotions at the back of the stone make it look dull, a moist cotton bud can work miracles. Just make sure the metals are dried after. This little habit will ensure that your jewelry always looks its best. When your gemstone jewelry is not being worn, store in a soft pouch or plastic bag.