CARING FOR YOUR JEWELRY
Jewelry should be treated with love and care. It should be treasured and enjoyed every time you put it on. There are, however, some important
things to keep in mind so your jewelry will last for generations. The following are basic guidelines for keeping you and your jewelry happy:
Keep your jewelry out of water. Do not swim or shower in it and take it off while cleaning or doing dishes.
Only apply perfumes, lotions and hairsprays in areas where your jewelry will not touch it.
Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
Do not wear your jewelry to hot yoga, swimming class, lacrosse practice, rock climbing or other strenuous physical activities.
While traveling, keep jewelry in special pouches by itself.
While you sleep, always take your jewelry off and keep it in its pouch or stored carefully in a box.
Of course jewelry is meant to be worn, seen and enjoyed - just do so with care!
CARING FOR GOLD JEWELRY:
Gold jewelry of any karat can be cleaned lightly using a soft cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, soak your gold jewelry in a glass of warm water with a drop or two of non-detergent soap (Ivory, Dr. Bronner's, etc) to help remove any oils and loosen buildup. Remove after a few minutes and pat dry with a soft cloth. To clean further, use a very soft toothbrush to carefully remove any dirt particles or debris from more intricate components and settings. For jewelry with a high-polish or matte finish, please contact us and we can give you more specific cleaning advice.
CARING FOR STERLING SILVER JEWELRY:
Follow the directions for cleaning gold jewelry above. For silver jewelry with a high-polish surface, you can use a special silver cleaning cloth to restore the shine. For silver jewelry with a matte finish, make a watery paste of baking soda and water and rub gently to restore surface.
Again, if you have any questions, or would like more assistance and advice, please contact us.
BLACK RHODIUM STERLING SILVER:
Black rhodium is a plating that may wear off over time, especially in the presence of items containing sulfur such as leather, rubber, chlorine, and perspiration as well as lotions, perfumes and oils.
It is not advisable to polish or wipe your black rhodium silver jewelry. Wipe gently only if needed and never use anything but a clean, nub-free cotton cloth. AVOID silver polish or dip style cleaning products which will remove the plating.
If you would like to re-plate the jewelry, please contact us.
GETTING A TUNE UP:
All the cleaning in the world won't take the place of getting your jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected. We recommend having this done
every six months.
CARING FOR YOUR PEARLS:
Pearls are beautiful, organic gems and need very special care and treatment to maintain their natural beauty and luster.
Please follow these basic instructions:
Your pearls should be the last piece of jewelry you put on and the first thing you take off.
Wipe them with a clean, soft cloth or chamois.
Never clean with commercial jewelry cleanser or put in an ultra-sonic cleaner.
Do not steam clean.
Pearls can be washed in water with a mild, non-detergent soap (Ivory, Dr. Bronner's) and cleaned with a soft cloth. Lay them on a clean towel to dry.
Do not wear a strand while it is wet as the silk or string can stretch. Likewise, do not hang them to dry.