Jewelry Cleaning Tips

When it comes to our jewelry, we forget that gold is a soft metal and that's why we are able to mold it into so many shapes and designs. We think that because it's a metal and diamonds are hard stones that the jewelry can take the abuse that we subject it to.

Contrary to public opinion, jewelry is very high-maintenance, like a Cadillac or a Corvette. Here are some tips to keep your jewelry in good shape and looking good.

  1. Have a jeweler clean and inspect your jewelry at least annually, looking for loose settings, faulty links, worn prongs, etc. If you clean house, do gardening, shower, or sleep in your jewelry, you might want to have it inspected more often, like every three to six months, or even as often as once a month. Check with your jeweler to see what would be best for your situation.
  2. Clean your jewelry frequently to avoid the buildup of dirt, which may hasten wear. Ask your jeweler how to properly clean jewelry at home.
  3. If your jewelry catch on your clothes or feels rough to the touch, that may be a sign of loose prongs, and it can cause stones to become loose and fall out of the setting. Have the item checked immediately if you suspect a problem.
  4. When not wearing your jewelry, place each item in separate soft compartment or container. If jumbled together, chains will get tangled and broken, and stones can get scratched - even diamonds.
  5. Avoid heavy blows to your diamonds. Even through it's among the hardest of all materials, diamonds can chip if struck at the right angle.
  6. Last, but not least, talk to your jeweler about an updated appraisal of your jewelry so it can be properly insured to assure that you can replace it if it is lost, stolen, or damaged.