You may assume that newly purchased jewelry will retain its shine and beauty for years to come. However, as time passes, your jewelry could lose its luster and become worn if not cared for properly. To maintain the quality and brilliance of your jewelry, we offer these suggestions:
Depending on how often you wear an item, it is best to clean it every few weeks. Jewelry items can become coated with a film when immersed in different liquids such as dishwater or even just by washing your hands. In addition, lotions, perfumes and skin oils can accumulate on your jewelry causing it to look dull and/or dirty.
Have us inspect your valuables at least annually for any loose settings, faulty links, etc. A prong that is loose, worn or catches on fabric may cause the stone to fall out of the setting. Have the item checked immediately if you suspect a problem.
When not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. If cluttered together, jewelry can become scratched.
Avoid heavy blows to your diamond. Even though it’s among the hardest of all materials, diamonds can chip if struck at the right angle.
A tennis bracelet is more vulnerable to wear than most jewelry because it’s comprised of many diamonds and hinged links. In addition to observing the recommendations above to prolong the life of your bracelet, make sure it fits your wrist correctly. Generally, loose fitting bracelets wear more rapidly.
JewelSmiths offers complimentary cleaning and inspection services.