JEWELRY AND GEMSTONE CARE
Thank you so much for stopping by our store. We know how important your jewelry treasures are to you and with proper care your fine jewelry can last for a lifetime. We have created the Gemstone Care Education page to help you in caring for the jewelry that you have chosen. Taking proper care of your gemstone jewelry is the very best way to ensure that it stays as beautiful as the day you purchased it. We go by the saying that your gemstone jewelry should be the last thing you put on when getting dressed for the day and the first thing you take off at the end of the day.
Cleaning your gemstone jewelry is very easy and just takes a short time. We advise simply soaking your jewelry in a bowl of soapy, warm non-chlorinated water for just a few minutes using a very soft non-metallic brush to gently remove any dirt or grime. Most gemstones have been treated or enhanced and generally do not require special care when cleaning but you can always be safe using just warm mild soapy non-chlorinated water.
You should avoid wearing your jewelry when it may be exposed to chemicals. Hairspray, perfume, chemicals in cosmetics, housecleaning chemicals, swimming pool chemicals can leave your jewelry looking dull and possibly damage the gemstones and the mountings also. We advise against using toothpaste or other abrasives to clean metal or gemstones as it could damage your items.
Opals need to be cleaned in warm non-chlorinated water only. After cleaning they should be waxed or oiled. A slight rub on the nose should be sufficient.
Pearls are very delicate. Even perspiration can harm their beauty, therefore after wearing them wipe with a soft cloth that can be either damp or dry. You should only use a jewelry cleaner that is labeled safe for pearls.
Gold and Sterling Silver Jewelry Care:
When cleaning gold or sterling silver jewelry use only bottled or distilled water and a non-chlorinated laundry detergent or liquid dish soap with a soft non-metallic brush or toothbrush. Then just wipe dry with a soft cloth. You can also use a jewelers polishing cloth which can be found at most retail stores.
Avoid storing your jewelry in piles and protect your fine jewelry by storing them in a nice lined jewelry box that has separate compartments. You can also store them in individual soft pouches so that they do no rub against each other. Sterling silver should be stored in a plastic zip-lock bag to help retard tarnishing. Pearls should never be stored in a plastic bag but store in a soft pouch. We use velvet pouches.