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Jewlery Care Information

Caring for jewelry is a necessary part of owning the jewelry if you want it to last a lifetime. With proper care, your jewelry will bring you continued satisfaction of ownership over the years. We are bringing you this information to help you know how to care for your jewelry and get that lasting satisfaction.

** Some tips to remember when caring for your jewelry include:
  • Avoid wearing fine jewelry when you´re performing manual labor tasks, such as housework.
  • Clean your jewelry periodically. This will help ensure its fine appearance and will help it last. To clean, use warm soapy water (use a anti-bacterial and degreaser type soap) to clean your jewelry.
  • Use a soft brush to help remove dirt on the prongs of larger gem jewelry.
  • Use plain rubbing alcohol to help reduce greasy film on diamond jewelry for a quick cleaning alternative.

Cultured Pearls

Cultured Pearls have a living organism origin. They are highly susceptible to damage and are very delicate; cultured pearl jewelry owners should be careful with their cultured pearls.

** Some tips to remember when caring for cultured pearls include:
  • Be careful where you store your cultured pearl jewelry. Metal and other materials can damage the surface of the cultured pearl such as hair spray, perfume and make-up.
  • Cleaning cultured pearls with a damp wash cloth with mild soap and water. Other cleaning agents may damage your cultured pearls.
  • Remove traces of cosmetics and other such materials from your cultured pearl jewelry before placing it in its storage place.
  • Wrap your cultured pearl jewelry in a tissue and lay it in its storage place. Do not hang, this will stretch the silk string.
  • You should take your cultured pearl jewelry back to your jeweler each year for inspection. . Heavy and active wear will stretch the silk string and may possibly need restringing.


Some of the most popular jewelry items involve diamond jewelry. Diamonds are durable and the hardest material known. Because of the amount of light that can enter a diamond, they shine very well.

** Some tips to remember when caring for diamond jewelry include:
  • Avoid wearing diamond jewelry when performing manual labor.
  • Avoid placing your diamond jewelry in chlorine-containing substances. This will make your precious metal brittle and result in cracking or prongs may break off.


Gold is a rare, soft, and very valuable metal. It is based on a karat system where 24k is .999 pure gold, and 10k gold is .417 pure parts per thousand. If a white gold ring is 14k, it contains 585% parts of pure gold, nickle and steel are added to the mix to strengthen and give a white gold apperence. To finish off the white gold jewelry item, Rhodium Plating is done to enhance it bright white finish. Brass is added to keep the yellow gold appearance.

** Some tips to remember when caring for gold jewelry include:
  • Be wary of makeup, moisture, and chemicals that may affect your gold jewelry´s appearance.
  • Keep gold jewelry out of swimming pools with chlorine; chlorine can damage it over a period of time.
  • Check your gold jewelry for scratches or other damage, and bring it to your jeweler if there is any; he or she may be able to repair it.


The purity of platinum is often higher than that of gold. Platinum jewelry is usually in the neighborhood of 90%+ pure. It also more "solid" than gold in terms of how resistant it is to tarnishing by chlorine, etc. It is very strong; plus, it is a very popular choice in jewelry making.

** Some tips to remember when caring for platinum jewelry include:
  • Fortunately, platinum is very durable and does not lose its polish very easily. At the same time, it holds on to deep scratches and is difficult to polish. Cleaning patterns are the same as other metals.
  • For jewelry that combines platinum with other fine jewelry components (like gold), clean the precious metals and care for them as you would your other jewelry items, or take to your jeweler for proper cleaning. Also, keep in mind the necessary steps for caring for these other components.


Silver, one of the world´s most useful metals. It can achieve a great polish and does not tarnish in its natural wear. When you discontinue wear you will notice it will tarnish. Most silver jewelry stamped .925 is silver combined with other metals such as steel but contains 925% out of 1000 in purity. In the USA, strict guide lines are placed in law for the use of this stamp. Other countries might use a purity stamp such as .925 but beware of out of the country purchaces.

** Some tips to remember when caring for silver jewelry include:
  • Silver is easy to scratch but hold a great luster.
  • In addition to the general jewelry care steps, silver jewelry care can benefit from special silver jewelry cleaning solutions. Check with your jeweler about these.
  • Prevent your silver from being stored for a long period after touching. The acids from you skin will tarnish silver if it's put away dirty. Wipe it off with a silver cleaning cloth and store, the tarnish wont be as troublesome.
  • Avoid placing silver in chlorine-containing materials. It will change the metal apperence.
  • Be selective in what you use to clean your silver. Felt works well, as do special cleansing cloths designed for silver cleaning. Other materials available are anti-tarnish tissue. Ask your jeweler for more information.