Care & Repair

Fine jewelry should be checked approximately every year to ensure gemstones are safe and prongs are secure.

Looking After Your Jewelry

For those that wear jewelry regularly, keeping their jewelry clean and looking good requires some effort.

Here are some general guidelines that may help:

  • Remove Your Jewelry Before Bathing — Soap can cause a film to form, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film you immediately reduce the occasions of servicing.
  • Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth for best results. You can use a svelte or a diaper, but the professional cloths are the best. Use of tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibers in these products.
  • Clean Your Jewelry With Care — Cleaning your own jewelry regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning a solution yourself. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders, but bleach can literally destroy jewelry, so avoid it at all costs.
  • Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewelry — Never clean any jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.
  • Inspect Your Jewelry Regularly — Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.

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Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Storing Jewelry

Anyone that has a collection of jewelry can appreciate how difficult it can often be to keep it organized. To improve the enjoyment of your jewelry, we've assembled these suggestions that should keep your jewelry organized and orderly:

Store your jewelry in a container and prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined jewelry boxes are ideal, this can be as simple as using a shoebox and pieces of fabric. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry. Sometimes jewelry tarnishes went it's not worn, especially silver and gold.
Unfortunately, jewelry can get lost or stolen. Taking a regular inventory can be incredibly useful when making an insurance claim or filing a police report. A photograph, a written physical description of each piece and it's cost is ideal. Furthermore, store that information apart from your jewelry, so it is not taken too.
Travelling can be tough on jewelry, so it's wise to use a travel case to protect your favorite pieces. Traditionally made of fabric or leather, a jewelry travel case can carry jewelry of all types and easily rolls up to a size that's easily stored in most suitcases, makeup cases or business attaches. Clearly, a case like this is a good investment to protect your jewelry on the road.