Jewellery Care and Cleaning

Jewellery Care and Cleaning

Jewellery is not just a fashion statement. It’s something that is personal and timeless, and we want you to get the most out of your jewellery. For the most part, gemstones and diamonds can be cleaned with warm water and gentle dish soap with no fragrance and a very soft brush. You can also clean your jewellery in a bowl with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly. When you are finished cleaning your jewellery, lay your pieces on a piece of paper towel to air dry, or with a lint-free cloth. Below are some other pointers for taking care of your jewellery and ensuring you are getting the most out of them:

Beware of Sunlight—Heat and light can damage certain gemstones. Too much sunlight can fade or damage amethyst and topaz. Pearls can bleach and peel if they are exposed to too much sun. And other certain gems, like opal, can darken if exposed to too much light. To make sure this doesn't happen, store your jewellery in a jewellery box or a soft pouch. 

Stay Away from Chemicals—Exposure to common everyday household chemicals, like ammonia or bleach, can damage both metals and gemstones. Even chemicals that are worn on the body—like hairspray, perfumes and lotions—can affect metals and dull gemstones. To keep your jewellery looking new, it's best to put on any perfumes, lotions or hairspray BEFORE putting on jewellery. Before using any household cleaners, you should try and remove all jewellery first to prevent damage. 

Use Care With Treated Gemstones—Today, many gemstones have been treated, and these gemstones need special care. Treated gemstones may be negatively affected by heat and steam, or by ultrasonic cleaners and certain solvents. Always double-check with your jeweller on how to properly take care of each gemstone.

Use Ultrasonic Cleaners Cautiously—Ultrasonic cleaners are great for cleaning metals, diamonds and some gemstones; however, not every gemstone should be used in the machine. For example:

  • Any gemstones that have been fracture‐filled with oil, resin, or glass. For instance, most emeralds are fracture‐filled and should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Pearls 
  • Gems that have been coated. For instance, Mystic Fire Topaz has been finished with an azotic coating and should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Certain heat‐treated gemstones.
  • Any gemstones that are susceptible to heat or temperature changes, like tanzanite, iolite, opal, etc., should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.

If you have any questions or doubts, always double check with one of our team members. Give us a call or send us an email and we will be happy to assist you.

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