Caring for Your Jewelry

At CWJ we offer a special service to help your fine jewelry retain its beauty, luster, and shine, ensuring a lifetime of enjoyment! Fine jewelry should be regularly cleaned and inspected by a professional jeweler to ensure that stones are securely set and to remove dirt and oils that diminish your jewelry's brilliance. We recommend that you bring in your jewelry every three to six months, to give you peace of mind to wear your jewelry with confidence. As always, our clean, check and polish service is available at no charge for jewelry purchased from CWJ!

A Few Basic Rules of Jewelry Care

•Apply makeup before putting on jewelry. Chemicals in cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotions can often damage metals, pearls and other types of jewelry.

•Put jewelry on after dressing to avoid catching on clothing and possibly loosening stones.

•Remove jewelry when working in the kitchen, garden, or while cleaning.

•Don’t wear jewelry while playing sports or lifting heavy or abrasive objects to avoid dislodging a stone or bending the setting.

•Avoid wearing jewelry in swimming pools and spas. Chlorine can react with metals causing color and structural damage.

•Separate pieces of jewelry when storing them. Contact can lead to abrasion.

•Heat can fracture gems. Store gemstone jewelry in a temperate location.

•Fine jewelry should be regularly cleaned and inspected by a professional jeweler to ensure that stones are securely set and to remove dirt and oils that diminish your jewelry’s brilliance.

•Always make sure that drains are closed if jewelry is being cleaned in a sink in the event stones become loose from their settings.

Caring for your Diamond Jewelry

Between professional cleanings, your diamond jewelry should be cleaned every week or so. It can be soaked overnight in an ammonia based household cleaner like Windex or a commercial jewelry cleaner, followed by a gentle brushing with a soft toothbrush. Special attention should be paid to the area around the setting where dirt is most likely to collect. Rinse with water and wipe dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Never use chlorine bleaches, abrasive cleaners, or toothpaste as they may corrode or loosen the metal setting.

Caring for Gemstone Jewelry

To clean softer gemstones, use a commercial jewelry cleaner or water mixed with a small amount of dishwashing soap as a cleaning solution. Gently wash the jewelry with a soft cloth or clean brush, then rinse with water and dry.