Your fine Jewellery pieces are both financial and emotional investments. Caring for your diamond, gemstone and pearl Jewellery will not only keep them looking great but will ensure that they will last for generations to come.

Basic Jewellery Care

Basic Jewellery Care

All fine Jewellery needs proper care. While certain pieces may need select care, most Jewellery should be cared for using the following basics:

Just like the sun damages skin, heat and light can damage certain gemstones. Too much sunlight can fade or damage amethyst and topaz. Pearls can bleach and peel if exposed to too much sun. And certain other gems, like opal, can darken if exposed to too much light. To remove any doubt, store Jewellery in a dark pouch or Jewellery case.

Exposure to common everyday household chemicals, like ammonia or bleach, can damage both metals and gemstones. Even chemicals that are worn on the body – like hairspray, perfumes and lotions – can affect metals and dull gemstones. To keep your Jewellery looking new, it's best to put on any perfumes, lotions or hairspray BEFORE putting on Jewellery. And it's always wise to remove fine Jewellery before swimming or using any type of household cleaners.

Treated Gemstones
Many gemstones today have been treated, and these gemstones need special care. All treatments should be disclosed at the time of purchase. Treated gemstones may be negatively affected by heat, steam or ultrasonic cleaners and certain solvents. Follow instructions from your jeweler to keep your treated gemstone Jewellery looking sparkling.

Ultrasonic Cleaners
While ultrasonic cleaners are great for cleaning metals, diamonds and certain gemstones, they should not be used in the following circumstances:

  • On organic gems like pearls, coral or ivory.
  • Any gemstones that have been fracture‐filled with oil, resin or glass. For instance, most emeralds are fracture‐filled and should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Gems that have been coated. For instance, Mystic Fire Topaz have been finished with an azotic coating and should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Certain heat‐treated gemstones.
  • Any gemstones that are susceptible to heat or temperature changes, like tanzanite, iolite, opal, etc., should not be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.

How to care for our jewellery

You can prolong the life of your jewellery by properly and regularly caring for it. There are some basic rules that you should follow in order for you to prolong the life of your precious and beautiful pieces of jewellery:

  • If possible, rings and other pieces of jewellery should not be worn while carrying out home and garden work, exercising or bathing (salt or chlorine water).
  • Jewellery should be removed before going to bed or taking a shower.
  • Perfume or hairspray can cause the jewellery to become dull and decrease its shine. We recommend putting perfume, hairspray or other cosmetics on first before putting on your jewellery.
  • Pearls should not come into contact with perfume, make-up or hairspray. Alcohol or other solvents can damage the surface of the pearls.
  • Pearls should be kept separately from other jewellery, ideally in a cloth bag or wrapped in a soft cloth. That way you can prevent your synthetic pearls from being scratched.

How to Care For Our Gemstones

The best way to keep your gemstone Jewellery clean is to CALL US anytime for a free expert inspection and cleaning. We're happy to keep your Jewellery bright and shiny!

If you'd like to clean your Jewellery yourself, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use a Jewellery polishing cloth to gently wipe over the areas that need a polish. If you don't have a polishing cloth, any cotton or microfiber fabric will work. Do not use facial tissue or paper towels, as the fibers in paper can scratch your gemstone.
  • For best results, use a non-detergent soap and warm water to clean your Jewellery. If you clean your Jewellery in a sink, cover the drain hole with a washcloth — trust us on this one!

Storing Your Fine Jewellery

Proper storage of your fine Jewellery pieces is very important. Diamond, gemstone and especially pearl Jewellery should never simply be tossed into a drawer or box haphazardly as they may be scratched unintentionally.

Most Jewellery pieces come in a lined box or pouch that is perfectly acceptable for storage. However, most people use a Jewellery box or valet to store their pieces.

Jewellery boxes that have individual felt‐lined and padded slots for rings, necklaces and earrings will keep them organized, clean and safe. Some boxes are lined with anti‐tarnish cloth, perfect for storing sterling silver pieces.

Pearls and opals draw moisture from the air, so storing them in a safe or lockbox is not a good idea. Store pearls separately in a compartmentalized Jewellery box or in a protective pouch. However, the very best way to keep pearls looking new is to wear them. Pearls will naturally absorb moisture from the air and oils from the skin, which keep them looking lustrous. The saying that "pearls want to be worn" is true!

With relatively minimal effort, your fine Jewellery pieces can be cleaned, well‐cared for, safely stored and provide years and years of happy wear.