Fine jewelry is like any significant relationship. It takes time, individualized care and is treasured more than most possessions. Like any investment, it’s essential to follow the correct steps to protect it. Your jewelry should shine for a lifetime and beyond. Follow our expert tips and tricks, so one day, you can pass it down for future generations to enjoy.
Air exposure can leave delicate silver pieces tarnished. Avoid this by frequently wearing your silver jewelry. When you need to store your jewelry, simply place it within individual, air-tight bags. Toss in a silica gel packet for an extra guard. Always polish your silver with a silver polishing cloth, as fibers of paper towels and tissues can scratch the surface. We recommend using a non-abrasive silver polishing cloth.
Gold and platinum can patina over time due to exposure to air. This creates a thin layer of discoloration and a matte finish. Therefore, these metals require routine cleaning and polishing. If you have any gold or platinum jewelry with prongs that hold a stone, they will need to be checked and even re-tipped occasionally. When working out, washing dishes, or putting on makeup, make sure to take off your treasured pieces. This will protect your jewelry from getting damaged and ensure it’s always looking its best!
Be sure to clean softer gemstones with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. Stones that will benefit from this treatment include emerald, topaz, opal, tanzanite, moonstone and onyx. It’s best to avoid vigorous scrubbing and ultrasonic cleaners to steer clear of damaging these precious stones.
More delicate gems like pearls require a higher level of care. They are susceptible to acids, perfumes, and most chemicals. Put on your pearls last to avoid coming into contact with makeup and hair products. Occasionally, wipe them with a soft cloth and warm soapy water.
Although diamonds are the hardest gemstone, they are not indestructible. They can still chip or break, although it is rare. Avoid wearing diamond, sapphire and ruby jewelry when putting on lotion or make-up as well as during physical activity. It’s a good idea to have your diamond jewelry checked at least every six months.
If you ever need your treasures re-tipped, pearls restrung or any other repair made, bring your jewelry to Morton & Rudolph. No matter how simple or complex, your prized pieces are in good hands with our specialists. All of our repairs are done in-house, guaranteeing unbeatable turnaround time and expert care. If you have any questions, give us a call at (856) 424-1101. You can always stop by to chat with our team as well. When it comes to fine jewelry, our goal is to make sure the magic is maintained forever.