Jewelry Do’s and Dont’s
Don’t wear fine jewelry when doing housework or gardening, you could easily damage it. Don’t heap your jewelry into one drawer. A diamond ring can scratch that pearl necklace. Keep them separate, and preferably wrapped in velvet, paper, or silk. Do check for lose stones frequently by tapping the piece with your finger near your ear. Do get your pearls re-strung every two years or annually with frequent use. Do clean fine jewelry often to maintain its sparkle and beauty. Soaking it for 10 minutes in warm soapy water, using a mild, non-detergent soap can safely clean all fine jewelry. Use a soft brush on harder gems to loosen any dirt around the prongs. To reduce greasy buildup on diamond jewelry dip it in isopropyl alcohol or vodka before soaking it. Don’t use toothpaste, the abrasives can damage softer gems and metals. Always make your jewelry the LAST thing you put on. (After makeup hair spray and perfume) Never wear jewelry while swimming in a swimming pool. The chlorine can cause damage to various gemstones and gold. Store your jewelry away from heat and sunlight, the gemstones may fade! Always store beaded necklaces flat, the silk cord will stretch over time. A very small amount of ammonia or Windex in rinse water will add sparkle to diamonds and gold or platinum jewelry, but never dip pearls or gemstones in it. Always think twice before putting gems in an ultrasonic cleaner. Diamonds, rubies, and sapphires will be fine but many other gems can be harmed. When in doubt, LEAVE IT OUT! Opaque stones like lapis lazuli, turquoise, opals, and malachite require special care. Never use any harsh chemical solutions. These gems should be wiped clean gently with a moist cloth. These stones can be porous and will absorb chemicals, even soap, and they may build up inside the stone, discoloring it or making it dull. Organic gems like pearls, coral, and amber should only be wiped clean with a moist cloth. These gems are soft and porous. Be careful when using hairspray, cosmetics or perfume, they can damage these stones, pearls in particular, over time. Gems can scratch the finish on gold, silver or platinum if you throw your jewelry in a pile in a drawer or jewelry box, so take care when storing your jewelry.