CARING FOR YOUR JEWELRY

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 six months, to give you peace of mind to wear your jewelry with confidence. As always, our clean, check and polish service is available while you wait at no charge.

A Few Basic Rules of Jewelry Care

  • Don’t wear jewelry while at the gym, playing sports or lifting heavy, abrasive objects to avoid dislodging a stone or bending the setting. Today’s popular pave styles contain prongs holding small stones and can be  susceptible to damage or loss with the abuse of everyday wear.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry in swimming pools and spas. Chlorine can react with metals causing color and structural damage.
  • 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.
  • Separate pieces of jewelry when storing them. Contact can lead to abrasion of stones and metal.
  • Heat can fracture gems. Store gemstone jewelry in a temperate location.
  • Always make sure that drains are closed if jewelry is being cleaned in a sink in the event stones become loose from their settings.

Cleaning your Diamond Jewelry at Home

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.

Cleaning Gemstone Jewelry

To clean softer gemstones, we suggest using 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.