Diamond Designs and More

Tips for Care

 


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General Tips for Care of Precious Jewelry

  • Remove jewelry

    • before doing rough work (household work, gardening) : even gems as hard and durable as diamonds are susceptible if hit against another hard object. Gems may crack or chip or the settings holding the gem may loosen.
    • before going swimming: both salt water and chlorine / bleach may damage the gem stone or react and discolor precious metals.
    • while applying creme, make-up, hair sprays
    • while taking a bath or a shower: soaps may make sparkling jewelry look dull and jewelry may fall down a drain

  • Cleaning

    • for optimal brilliance: regularly polish your jewelry with a soft cloth or gently clean using soapy water and a soft brush
    • never use abrasives: detergents and even toothpaste may scratch softer gems and the precious metals settings
    • avoid use of ultra sonic cleaners: gems which contain inclusions or are heat treated may be damaged by mechanical cleaners

  • Storing

    • store separately to avoid scratching:
      • diamond jewelry may scratch other gemstones
      • hard gemstones may scratch the softer gold settings of other jewelry
    • use specially designed jewelry boxes to store rings, earrings, tie clips
    • when storing in boxes or drawers, wrap each piece of jewelry separately
    • hang necklaces, chains and bracelets, rather than storing them bunched up or looped - this does not apply to pearl necklaces which should be laid flat

  • Check strength of setting

    • regularly, inspect the setting of your gems: with time, clamps may loosen. Use your finger nail to ensure that the gem is not loose within the setting
    • annually, have a jeweller check the strength of the setting. Unless you know the jeweller or the jeweller is a reputable shop, insist on having the jewelry cleaned in your presence.
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Diamonds

Tips for Care
  • Avoid rough work: Diamonds are the most durable gemstones and hardest natural substance on earth, but they are not indestructible. If hit in a certain angle, they are liable to chip or crack.
  • For optimal brilliance and sparkle, polish the diamond jewelry before each wearing: use a soft cotton cloth and wipe across the gem’s surface (treat your jewelry like reading glasses).
  • Regular cleansing: cleanse your diamond jewelry with a soft brush and soapy water on a regular basis. This will remove any greasy marks on the surface of the gem, and any stubborn particles (dust, crème …). Do not use abrasives or even toothpaste, as this may scratch the softer gold or platinum settings.
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Rubies / Sapphires / Emeralds

Tips for Care

  • Avoid rough work: susceptible to breakage, especially when hit against another hard substance
  • Cleansing: warm, soapy water is the preferred cleaning method. Soaking in alcohol overnight is acceptable to remove stubborn dirt particles or fatty substances
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Pearls

  • Pearls require special attention and care!
  • Pearls are softer than other gems, and therefore very susceptible to scratching and chemicals!

Tips for Care (for pearl necklace)

  • Wear pearl necklaces frequently, as the natural body oils keep them lustrous,
  • Wipe the pearls with soft chamois or damp cloth after each wear to remove oils, body acids and cosmetics
  • Protect from hairspray and perfumes
    • Never expose pearl necklaces chemicals such as hairsprays, perfumes, make-up: Chemicals can dull the lustre, and cause blotches and spots
    • Always let hairsprays and perfumes dry before wearing the pearls, with other words, only wear the pearl jewelry after completing the make-up process
  • Special care should be directed to the silk string and pearls at the back of neck
    • Wipe pearls with a damp cloth
    • From time to time, soak the pearl necklace in commercial pearl cleaner or soapy water (avoid too frequent repetition as it can cause the silk thread to weaken)
  • Storing
    • Lay pearl necklaces flat to avoid stretching of the silk thread or
    • Wrap in a soft cloth, tissue paper or bag to avoid scratching
  • Re-threading of pearl necklace
    • Pearls may be lost, if silk thread wears out and breaks
    • At least every two years, the necklace should be re-strung
    • When wearing frequently, the necklace should be re-strung annually
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Ammolites

Tips for Care

  • Avoid blows or hitting the gems against hard surfaces! This could split the bonded layers of ammolite triplets.
  • Clean with commercial pearl cleaner or soapy water
  • Ammolite triplets are durable and less susceptible to daily wear
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Gold / Platinum

Tips for Care

  • Handling & Wear
    • Avoid contact with chemicals (hairsprays, perfumes, bleach, chlorine)
    • Avoid contact to soaps (cleaning, dish washing, showering), as soaps form a film on the metal making it appear dull and dingy
  • Cleaning
    • For superficial cleaning, use soft cotton cloth
    • To polish, use a chamois / rouge cloth
    • Tarnish can be removed with commercial gold cleaners or soapy water and a soft brittle brush
    • Grease can be removed by dipping the jewelry into plain rubbing alcohol
  • Storage
    • Ensure separation of jewelry pieces to avoid scratching


 

 
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