A piece of jewellery bought once is forever. To keep its beauty, sheen and value eternal here are some essential tips.
Gold and diamond jewellery care Diamond is the hardest
substance known to man. Although diamond is incredibly durable, a strong
blow to an edge can still chip it. Never wear your diamond while doing
rough work. Gold jewellery comes in various carats but the procedure to
clean it remains the same.
can cause a film to form on gold jewellery, making it appear dull and
dingy so remove all gold jewellery before shower or cleaning.
clean your jewellery at home, you'll find many commercial cleaners
available. You can also use a soft chamois cloth. Ask your jewellers to
recommend both of these items for you.
especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor
your gold and diamond jewellery. Do not wear gold or diamond jewellery
while using chlorine bleach, in a pool or in hot tub bath.
can remove tarnish by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of
ammonia. Carefully brush with a soft bristle brush. After brushing,
simply rinse with lukewarm water and allow it to dry. Consult with your
jeweller for more information.
can be removed from gold jewellery by dipping the jewellery into plain
alcohol. Again, check with your jeweller about colored gemstone.
your diamonds regularly using a mix of water and mild detergent. Dip
the jewellery into the solution and use a soft brush to wipe dust or
dirt under the setting.
Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle clean jewellery by its edges.
Colored Gemstone Care
There are some general care and cleaning rules that apply to all colored gemstone jewellery.
wearing, wipe your precious gemstone jewellery thoroughly with a clean,
soft, slightly damp cloth. This will enhance the gemstone's luster and
ensure that your jewellery is clean before storage.
Store gemstone pieces individually in soft pouches given by your jeweller.
Do not expose your
precious gemstone pieces to salt water or harsh chemicals, such as
chlorine or detergents. These chemicals may slowly erode the finish and
polish of gemstones.
Hair spray, perfume and perspiration may cause jewellery to become dull. Wear jewellery after applying cosmetics.
Do not subject gemstone jewellery to sudden temperature changes.
If you have an
active lifestyle takes extra precautions with particular type of
gemstone jewellery. For example Emeralds, are brittle and should not be
worn while doing household chores or any other activity where the stone
could be damaged.
Rings Rings if worn regularly, needs a periodic cleaning to remove
the film caused by cosmetics, soap and skin oil. Remove rings before
routine household chores and clean rings regularly.
Gold is a soft metal; any contact with another hard substance can make
its luster dull. Always store your jewellery safely. Wrap it in soft
cloth, so it does not scratch or tangle.
There is no harm in wearing jewellery while having a bath but it leaves
your gold dull due to the thin film caused due to ordinary soap and
It is advisable to keep your jewellery away from make-ups, moisture
perfumes, hair spray etc. After completing the make-up, wash your hands
and put on the jewellery.
"Prongs" which holds the diamond in all kind of jewellery are very small
in size. Due to this any heavy physical work, which may lead to contact
with any hard substance, can make your diamonds or studded gemstone
come off, so it is advisable not to wear your jewellery while doing
housework as any abrasive object could damage its surface.
Activity that might subject a gemstone to sharp blows such as gardening,
working with hand tools, or playing sports may also damage a gemstone.
Diamonds are also susceptible to damage from an impact, which might
cause them to chip or crack.
Chemicals present in either may cause damage, especially to cultured
pearls. Wipe your pearls with a soft clean cloth every time you wear to
remove your skin's oils and salts.
Home Jewellery Cleaner
A solution of one part mild detergent and three parts water is also
effective for many jewellery cleaning needs. Dry the jewellery with a
clean towel. This method of cleaning is especially desirable for
precious stones like alexandrite, amethyst, andalusite, aquamarine,
citrine, diamond, garnet, iolite, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, spinel,
tanzanite, topaz, tourmaline, and zircon.
Although soap and water is the best choice for most gems and jewellery,
do not use soap and water with precious stones like amber, coral,
emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, or turquoise. Never
use toothpaste to clean your jewellery.
Protect your jewellery when it is not being worn by separating it from
other jewellery, using a separate compartment in your jewellery box.
Gems and gem quality items if improperly stored can cause damage to each
other. Diamonds, for example, may scratch rubies, sapphires, or
emeralds. To be on the safe side, be sure that gemstones and other
jewellery do not touch each other. Cultured pearls need special care
because of their softness. Clean and dry the pearls prior to storing
them in a special chamois pouch safe from potential harm.
We recommend that your fine jewellery be examined and cleaned once every 6 months.