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Jewelry Care

Jewelry Care

Your jewelry is an investment and ideally will be worn for many years to come. Following are some tips on how to take care of your treasures at home. If youíre not sure how to clean or store a particular item, feel free to bring it in and we will make a recommendation for you!

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General Jewelry Care

  • Treat all jewelry with care. Store it smartly, wear it gently, and keep it clean.
  • Do not use perfume or hairspray on areas that are adorned with jewelry.
  • Do not use lotion or sunscreen near your rings. Lotions will dull the shine of the ring’s gems and metal, and it will be more difficult to clean later.
  • Do not wear jewelry while playing sports.
  • Do not wear jewelry in chlorinated swimming pools. Chlorine may cause permanent damage to the alloys in your gold.
  • Do not wear jewelry while cleaning with household chemicals. Many of these cleaners contain chlorine bleach, which can permanently damage your gold.
  • Use common sense when wearing your jewelry. For instance, if you work with young children, it would be inadvisable to wear thin chains or dangling earrings that break easily when yanked.
  • Keeping your jewelry clean (with the methods listed below) will help you to notice if anything on the jewelry needs repair (like loose stones, broken prongs, cracks in the metal, etc.).
  • While it’s best to keep all of your jewelry clean, it is especially vital that you keep tennis bracelets clean. Tennis bracelets have many parts that harbor dirt. Because of this, tennis bracelets can fall apart on you before you know it. As they are expensive items (to replace or to fix), we highly recommend cleaning these frequently, either at home, or by professionals at Scheherazade.
  • Regularly bring your jewelry to have the piece inspected for problem areas. This will prevent major problems in the future, and at the very least, you will get a professional cleaning. We recommend that you have your jewelry professionally inspected and cleaned every six months.

Do-It-Yourself Jewelry Cleaner

You will need an old, gentle toothbrush (or a new toothbrush with soft bristles), and a solution of water and mild, liquid dish detergent (such as Dawn or Joy), mixed in equal proportions. Dip (or soak) your jewelry in the solution. Block the sink’s drain, and gently scrub the item, especially around the gemstones. Rinse the piece and either set it aside to dry, or pat it dry. Under no circumstances should you ever clean pearls, coral, emeralds, tanzanite, or other ‘soft’ gemstones with this method!

If your jewelry just needs light cleaning to restore a little sparkle, it’s easily done! Simply soak your jewelry in soapy water, and scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse well and allow the jewelry to dry. If you do this type of cleaning on a regular basis, more strenuous cleanings will not be as necessary. Do not use this technique on costume jewelry.

Stones that are Safe for Store-Bought Jewelry Cleaner (or Do-It-Yourself Cleaner)

  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
  • Bloodstone
  • Chalcedony
  • Citrine
  • Chrysoberyl
  • Diamond
  • Garnet
  • Iolite
  • Kunzite
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Quartz
  • Ruby
  • Sapphire
  • Spinel
  • Tourmaline
  • Zircon

Pearls

  • Be gentle with pearls, both when you’re wearing them, and when they’re stored. When they’re stored, keep them wrapped in a cloth or a chamois bag.Do not keep them in plastic, as they need to breathe.
  • After you wear pearls, wipe them down with a soft, clean cloth to remove makeup, dust, and dirt.
  • Do not allow other jewelry to rub up against pearls—they will scratch easily.
  • Apply hairspray and perfume before putting on pearls. Do not apply perfume to your skin in areas where you will be wearing the pearls.
  • If you notice that the pearls can slide between knots on your pearl strand, it is time for a restringing. If you wear pearls regularly, we recommend that you restring once per year. If you do not wear them regularly, just use your best discretion for when you should have them restrung.
  • Be sure that your jeweler cleans your pearls when they are being restrung. Do not use regular jewelry cleaner at home. If you want to clean them at home, wash them with mild hand soap and water, but do not soak them. Let the pearls dry for 24 hours on a towel, but do not hang them to dry. You may use jewelry cleaner that has been specifically formulated for pearls.

Remember – when in doubt, do not clean the jewelry yourself! Always bring it in to Scheherazade Jewelers to have it cleaned and inspected.

Jewelry cleaning and care tips from “Jewelry Savvy: What Every Jewelry Wearer Should Know,” by Cynthia A. Sliwa and Caroline Stanley.