We know you’ll want to keep your jewelry sparkling and in top condition. After all, it may become a family heirloom. But you should know that different stones and metals require different care. Here are some simple tips for cleaning and maintaining your jewelry.
GOLD WITH DIAMONDS
Soak for 15 minutes in a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid. Gently scrub with a soft-bristle brush (a soft toothbrush works well). Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth.
PLATINUM OR PALLADIUM WITH DIAMONDS
Soak for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia. Then gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry.
Rub each pearl individually with a soft, clean cotton cloth dampened with a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid. (Soaking strands of pearls can cause the string to stretch.) Let air-dry overnight.
Rinse in warm water and pat dry. If silver is tarnished, use a silver-polishing cloth or a jar of silver-cleaning fluid. Do not use toothpaste or other abrasive cleaners, which will scratch. Wipe with a clean, soft cloth.
• Prongs can wear thin and diamonds may fall out. Chains and pearl strands weaken with wear. Before disaster strikes, let us professionally inspect and repair your jewelry every six months.
• Chlorine can weaken gold. Avoid wearing in swimming pools and hot tubs.
• Avoid wearing chains when sleeping. Always lay them out flat when not being worn.
• When dressing, put your pearls on last. Hair products, cosmetics, and perfume can eat away the nacre (outside coating) of pearls and damage their luster.