Jewelry should be treated with love and care, and treasured and enjoyed every time you put it on.There are, however, some important things to keep in mind so your jewelry will last for generations.
The following are basic guidelines for keeping you and your jewelry happy:
Abstain from wearing your jewelry in the pool, the ocean, or in the shower.
Avoid applying lotions, hairsprays, or perfumes in areas where your jewelry will be.
The best tip for keeping your jewelry in great shape is to have it be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off every day.
It is best to not wear your jewelry while you are swimming, biking, rock climbing or during other strenuous physical activities.
Be mindful of where your jewelry is stored while traveling or being transported;Avoid placing your precious pieces in the bottom of your handbag or in your pocket. It is best to keep it in a special jewelry pouch by itself, or in a jewelry box.
Most importantly, jewelry is meant to be worn, seen and enjoyed - just do so with care!
Caring for Gold Jewelry
Gold jewelry of any karat can be cleaned lightly using a soft cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, soak your gold jewelry in either our Kassab jewelry foam or in a glass of warm water with a drop or two of non-detergent soap (Ivory, Dr. Bronner’s, etc) to help remove any oils and loosen buildup. Remove after a few minutes and pat dry with a soft cloth.To clean further, use a very soft, worn tooth- brush to carefully remove any dirt particles or debris from more intricate components and settings. For jewelry with a high-polish or matte finish, please get in touch with us and we can give you more specific cleaning advice, or feel free to bring it to us and we will happily clean it for you.
Caring for your Wedding Ring
First of all, congratulations!!! Since you will probably be wearing your ring on a daily basis, it will need to be cleaned every 1-2 weeks at least. Doing this at home is very easy and inexpensive. Most rings made of gold, platinum, diamond, sapphires and rubies can be cleaned by following these directions (the same method we suggest for cleaning gold jewelry)
Place your ring in a dish with either our Kassab Jewelry Foam or warm water with a few drops of non-detergent soap (Ivory, Dr. Bronner’s). Let your ring soak for 5-10 minutes to loosen any buildup. Use a baby toothbrush and gently clean around the stone settings. Be sure to clean under the stone setting as well. Rinse in warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth. It’s nice to have a little spa day to reset every once in a while, and your jewelry enjoys it just the same.All the cleaning in the world won’t take the place of getting your ring professionally cleaned and inspected.We recommend having this done every 6 months.This is complimentary, as we want your jewelry to remain as beautiful as when it left us!
Tips on Caring for Pearls
Pearls are beautiful, organic gems and need very special care and treatment to maintain their natural beauty and luster.
Having your pearls strung: It is not uncommon for pearl necklaces to stretch with time which will weaken and soil the string. It is recommended that they be re-strung once a year, depending on how often the necklace is worn.
Your pearls should be the last piece of jewelry you put on and the first thing you take off.
Wipe them with a clean, soft cloth or chamois.
Never clean with commercial jewelry cleanser or put in an ultra-sonic cleaner.
Do not steam clean. Heat is harmful.
Remove pearls when applying cosmetics, hair sprays and perfume. The chemicals contained in these products are harmful to pearls.
Do not use scouring pads, toothbrushes, or abrasive materials to clean pearls.They can scratch the surface. If there is a piece of dirt that cannot be rubbed off with a soft cloth, try to remove it with your fingernail.
Pearls can be washed in water with a mild, non-detergent soap (Ivory, Dr. Bronner’s) and cleaned with a soft cloth. Lay them on a clean towel to dry.
Do not wear strand while it is wet as the silk or string can stretch. Likewise, do not hang them to dry.
Cleaning your Pearls
- Do not use commercial jewelry cleaners on pearls unless is it a product made specifically for pearls.Ammonia will deteriorate them.
- Never use an ultrasonic cleaner.
- Never steam clean pearls. Heat is harmful.
- Do not use scouring pads, toothbrushes, or abrasive materials to clean pearls. They can scratch the surface. If there is a piece of dirt that cannot be rubbed off with a soft cloth, try to remove it with your fingernail.
- Wipe off pearls after wearing with a soft cloth or chamois which can either be dry or damp.This will prevent the dirt from accumulating and keeps perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the pearl nacre.
- They can be washed in water and mild soap such as ivory or Lux liquids (some soaps like Dawn, can damage pearls) and cleaned with a soft cloth. Pay attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt may tend to collect.After washing them, lay the pearls flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry.After the towel is dry, the pearls should be dry. Do not wear pearls when the string is wet.Wet strings can stretch easily and attract dirt which will be more difficult to remove. Do not hang pearls to dry as this can also stretch the string.