How to Care for Your Jewellery
01 Sep 2010
Jewellery Care Advice from Ryan’s Jewelers:
- Pearls: Never spray perfume near Pearls as it can discolour them. If you need to get them re-strung, request that the knots be put in between each pearl so if the string ever breaks, you won’t lose any pearls!
- Stiff Necklets: Store them carefully – preferably in their original box – as if they get too curved they may break.
- Diamonds: To get that sparkle back, use nice warm soapy water and a baby toothbrush to clean away any dirt.
- Gold and Silver Jewellery: You can get a silver and gold polishing cloth that will bring back the sparkle onto your jewellery, but, don’t rub too harshly and never put silver into any liquid that isn’t made for cleaning silver (as some have acids that will strip the metal completely).
- Cleaning of Precious Stones: Emeralds are a soft porous stone; do not immerse them in water over a period time as they may well crack! Sapphires and Rubies are harder wearing, but, equally, it’s not ideal to leave in water over time.
- Gold / White Gold / Platinum and Palladium: Gold’s natural base is yellow and always will be, so white-based metals are mixed together to make white gold and a coating of a white rhodium plating is put over it to give it that ‘shiny’ white look. It is this rhodium plating that wears over time (especially in a ring); however, the industry standard of rhodium plating is getting better! Platinum on the other hand, is a metal where nothing extra needs to be added to it – it is up to 10 times rarer than gold but is a very hard wearing metal and very suitable for setting diamonds. A new metal called Palladium which has just gained its industry standard hallmark, is a lighter metal than platinum but it is of the Platinum family so it remains white with wear and is also suitable for setting diamonds and excellent for Gents Wedding Bands.