Caring For Your Fine Jewelry
Many jewelry stores offer free check-up or professional cleaning at scheduled intervals: Jewelry should be checked every six months and cleaned frequently. Look for a jeweler with professional training and a good reputation. Your prongs can naturally loosen from wear or get damaged. Visiting the jeweler at the recommended intervals can prevent the loss of any of your stones.
Put Jewelry On After Applying Makeup, Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying these materials will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
Don't Wear Jewelry In Swimming Pools and Spas, Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result it's a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
Take off your jewelry before doing manual work or playing sports. Gemstones could be jarred loose or chipped by a hard blow.
When you're not wearing your jewelry, be careful that pieces do not tumble against each other to avoid scratching or dulling. Ideally, store each piece in its own box.
Cleaning your jewelry. While it is best to have your jewelry professionally cleaned by a reputable jeweler, there are a few ways to help keep your jewelry looking great between professional cleanings. Ultrasonic cleaners, while they do a good job, they can loosen your stones due to the vibration, So use them sparingly. Warm water and gentle soap like Ivory is a good choice, dry with a soft cloth. A warm water and white vinegar soak can remove hard water stains. Use 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar.