GENERAL JEWELRY CARE RULES:
First and foremost, jewelry maintenance should be regularly scheduled. A good way to do this is to make a note of the next date the jewelry should be maintained. Put the date on a calendar, or set a reminder on a smartphone or a computer. This way the date will not be forgotten.
A good rule of thumb is that your jewelry should be THE LAST THING YOU PUT ON when dressing and THE FIRST THING YOU TAKE OFF
Avoid letting jewelry come into contact with any cosmetics, lotion, strong hairspray or perfumes.
Store your jewelry away from any moisture such as in bathrooms.Remove your jewelry before bathing, showering or cleaning. Soap can cause jewelry to look dull and dingy.
After wearing your jewelry, gently wipe with a soft cloth and store.
If you wish to clean the jewelry, always use warm water and a commercial jewelry cleaner which can be purchased from fine jewelers.
Do not wear jewelry in swimming pools and spas. Chlorinated water can cause color changes and other damages.
MAINTAINING PRECIOUS METALS:
Yellow Gold requires polishing to retain its original glow and help remove small scratches and spots that tend to tarnish over time.
White Gold contains additives that are placed in the melted metal to give it its white colour. Over time these additives will dullard the white gold will loose its shine. It must be professionally polished once every year or two to retain its beauty. Most white gold pieces have a rhodium to give it an extra shine. It will be necessary to get a fresh coat of rhodium to keep value and beauty of this metal properly maintained.
Silver requires more cleaning and polishing more then any other fine metals. Silver is a soft metal and can scratch easily and goes through an oxidation process that causes it to tarnish. When silver is cleaned an polished it gets a mirror-like shine. However from time to time it is best to have it professionally polished to remove scratches and to retain its beauty.
HOW TO STORE:
Sterling Silver and Solid Gold: Store in an airtight container or ziplock bags will help to minimize jewelry from tarnishing, since all Silver and Gold will naturally tarnish when exposed to the air.
Gold Plated: Gold plated usually is Sterling silver or other metals that have been gold plated. To ensure the plating will last a long time, it is best to store in an airtight container or ziplock bags.
Pearls: Pearls are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extreme humidity. It is best to store in a soft cloth lined jewelry box or any soft lined container. Leaving pearls in security boxes may cause dehydration, it is recommended to enjoy wearing them frequently.
Diamonds: Diamonds must be kept clean and stored when they are not being worn and be sure to store them in a fabric-lined case or box. Avoid wearing Diamonds while doing housework or yard work. When doing household chores, never allow your jewelry to come into contact with chlorine bleach. Keeping your Diamonds clean will maximize its brilliance.
With a little bit of love and care, your jewelry will have a longer and healthier life.