Jewellery Caring Tips

Caring Tips for Gold Jewellery

Jewellery is a precious asset for our customers thus we have laid out a set of caring tips for gold jewellery. Always protect your jewellery from sharp blows, scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold. Ideally, store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch. Try to keep pieces apart, so that they don't rub together or tangle up.

Try to avoid wearing jewellery when doing tasks that would adversely affect it. For instance it is advised not to wear rings when cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities. You should not let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume and hairspray.

It is advised to clean your jewellery regularly, use a professional jewellery cleaning product (always read the manufacturer’s instructions) when cleaning the gem and jewellery products. When washing your hands (away from home) - don't place your rings on the wash basin - remove them and place them on to your necklace or place in a pouch in your handbag/purse for safety. You should never go swimming with your jewellery because chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage to the precious gems and jewellers.

Wear jewellery for appropriate tasks; avoid wearing rings when cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities.

Don't let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume and hairspray.

Clean your jewellery regularly, use a professional jewellery cleaning product (always read the manufacturers instructions).

When washing your hands (away from home) - don't place your rings on the wash basin - remove them and place them on to your necklace or place in a pouch in your handbag/purse.

Never go swimming with your jewellery, chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage.

Special Cleaning Tips for Gold Jewellry - Without Gemstones

Tarnish on jewellery can be removed with a commercial jewellery cleaner or with soap and water with a few drops of ammonia. Brush the cleaning solution into the gold with a small brush (a toothbrush works well). After you have finished cleaning, simply rinse the gold with lukewarm water and allow it to dry.

Grease can be removed from gold by dipping it into ordinary rubbing alcohol. Ultrasonic cleaners may be appropriate for some gold jewellery. Ask a jeweller to advise you before using this method, since certain pieces can be damaged by this cleaning method.

Care of jewellry pieces with Gemstones

Gem stone hardness is based on a standard called the Mohs scale. If higher the Mohs scale number, harder the stone is. When the Mohs scale was developed, early gemologists tried rubbing one stone against another to see which stone caused scratching on another. Quartz (the stone that makes up sand) is rated at 7 on the Mohs scale, and that is why any gemstone with a rating of less than 7 is easily scratched (such as coral, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, and turquoise).

Also, some stones can be quite porous (such as opal, pearl, turquoise), that is why you shouldn't leave these kind of stones immersed in water for too long.

Common stones that are damaged in sunlight, these include:

  • Amethyst: becomes paler
  • Ametrine: may change colour
  • Aquamarine: becomes paler
  • Aventurine: translucent types often lose colour
  • Beryl: brown or orange types may change to pale pink
  • Citrine: may change colour
  • Kunzite: becomes pale or loses colour
  • Rose Quartz: becomes paler
  • Smoky Quartz: becomes paler

Crystals

You can simply wipe away grime with a soft cloth moistened in warm water. The cloth should pick up the lotions, perfumes, oils and other grime that can coat the surface of a crystal. Crystal is not a porous material, but harsh chemicals can strip the luster from crystals with the aurora borealis coating. If your jewelry has dirt in hard-to-reach places, soak your crystal jewelry in warm water with a touch of mild detergent (dish or laundry soap). Then use a soft bristled toothbrush to GENTLY brush away dirt. (Note: if crystals are mixed with gemstones, DO NOT SOAK OR USE SOAP!

Gemstones

Diamonds, rubies, and sapphires (precious stones) are among the toughest, most durable substances on earth. Because their molecular structure is very tightly constructed , they are not porous, and therefore they can be cleaned with ammonia. However, semi-precious gemstones, like lapis lazuli, turquoise, malachite, amber, opal, jade, etc., are very porous stones and can absorb liquids if soaked. Over time, water and detergents trapped inside the stones can diminish their natural colours. It is recommended to clean your gemstone jewellry with a soft cloth moistened with warm water. It is common among those who use stones for healing purposes to soak gemstones in water to cleanse away negative energy and restore positive energy. We suppose that is fine if you are using stones for purely meditative and healing purposes, and plan to replace your stones often. But for those who use gemstones as decorative jewellry, try to stay away from soaking your gemstones if you like their vibrant color.

Pearls

Though extremely beautiful, pearls are quite fussy and require extra care. The luster of natural pearls can diminish, over time, with excessive contact to perfumes, oils, hair products, etc. Pearls are porous and soft, oweing to the fact that they are comprised of 2-4% water, which allows them to be scratched and flawed easily. In addition, excessive dry air and heat can make pearls become brittle (remember, pearls are formed in relatively cool water). So, our recommendation is to:

  1. put your pearl jewelry on after you apply perfumes, hairsprays, and lotions to minimize contact
  2. wipe them down with a soft wet cloth after every use (We know it may not be realistic to expect you to clean them after every use, but the better care you give pearls, the longer the luster will last.)
  3. store them in a breathable bag away from jewelry which may scratch their surface (do not use plastic bags as they are not very breathable...try an organza bag or gift box).
  4. store them at room temperature and do not expose them to blow dryers.