Fine jewelry is precious so it deserves care and regular attention. This will help preserve and protect the jewelry for years to come.
18K white gold jewelry is plated with rhodium to provide a bright white finish. With daily wear, or exposure to household chemicals, rhodium plating gradually will come off over time and expose the natural, yellowish-white tone of metal underneath. Many people continue to wear white gold long after the rhodium plating has worn off, but you also have the option of having your jewelry professionally re-plated to return it to its bright white color.
With daily wear, platinum sustains small scratches more easily than other metals, and may start to take on a matte appearance. Many people enjoy the visual appeal of this unique luster but you may also have the platinum surface professionally repolished to return a more reflective polish.
Sterling silver may tarnish or dull as a result of exposure to humidity. When possible, keep your silver in an air-tight container. To remove tarnish and keep your silver bright, gently rub the piece with silver jewelry cleaning cloth. Then rinse the silver thoroughly in warm water and dry it carefully. More extensive tarnish can be removed with liquid silver cleaner or by a jeweler. Please note: chlorine and bleach accelerate tarnishing and should be avoided.
Examine your jewelry regularly to ensure your settings are secure. Timeworn prongs are especially vulnerable, and may become loose when snagged or hit against a surface. Loose prongs may result in loose gemstones, or may cause the loss of a gemstone. Professional inspections are recommended every six months and immediately after any time your jewelry is damaged, hit, or scratched in an unusual way, to ensure that all gemstones are secure and that the structure of the ring is intact.
Pavé setting styles are very delicate and gemstones may become loose or fall out through daily wear. To minimize the risk of losing a pavé-set gemstone, do not wear jewelry in conditions where friction or abrasion may wear down the beads of metal, which hold the stones in place. Avoid applying strong pressure or scratching pavé settings. Inspect pavé set jewelry at least every six months and immediately after jewelry is hit, scratched, or damaged to identify and tighten loose stones.
Protect your jewelry from impact against hard surfaces as diamonds can chip if hit with enough force or at just the right angle. Avoid contact with abrasive surfaces and keep your jewelry away from harsh chemicals such as chlorine and household bleach. Limit your jewelry’s exposure to extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics and household chemicals, which can damage jewelry. Do not wear rings when gripping items with force, such as bicycle handlebars or weights, as the pressure may cause delicate metal rings to bend or break. Similarly, avoid applying strong pressure to jewelry or to hands when jewelry is worn.
HOME & PROFESSIONAL CLEANING
Air pollution, dirt, and daily wear can dull the surface of your jewelry and cloud the brilliance of a gemstone. Professional cleanings are recommended as frequently as once a year, depending on how often you wear your jewelry. Between professional cleanings, you may use a mild solution of six parts water to one part ammonia and apply with a soft bristle brush. Carefully rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth. Ultrasonic cleaning at home is not recommended for cleaning your jewelry, and can loosen the gems set in your jewelry. Pearl and emerald jewelry require special care and should not be cleaned with the cleaning methods described for diamond and sapphires above. Pearls and emeralds can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution and then allowed to dry. Dry pearls may be wiped with a soft, lint-free cloth.