How to Care for Your Fine Jewelry
What Is Fine Jewelry?
What is referred to as fine jewelry is any jewelry that is crafted using precious metals such as gold, platinum, and silver. Fine jewelry also incorporates genuine, precious pearls or gemstones such as sapphire, ruby, amethyst, and more. This kind of jewelry will be higher-end and more expensive to reflect the use of these precious materials. Since buying fine jewelry is an investment and has the potential to become an heirloom, it is import to know the best way to take care of it to ensure these pieces can last for generations.
Storing Fine Jewelry
Before learning how to clean your handcrafted jewelry, you must learn how to store it when it is not being worn. A general safety tip is to keep your fine jewelry away from any direct sunlight and temperature changes, as these factors can have damaging effects on the brilliance and durability of your delicate pieces. This is similar to how the over-exposure to sunlight can hurt our skin and hair because of its harsh UV rays and in Katy, Texas we have scorching sunlight that seeps through our windows all too easily. Pearls, for example, can bleach when in excess contact with the sun. Colored diamonds and other gemstones can begin to shift in color with too much exposure. Excessive heat can dry out pearls and gemstones, creating cracks and lesions on their surfaces. Lastly, household chemicals such as ammonia and chlorine bleach are detrimental to the everlasting beauty of fine jewelry. For this reason, we recommend not wearing fine jewelry around such chemicals. Likewise, the chemicals found in shampoos, perfumes, and other cosmetics can also potentially damage pearls and gemstones because they, too, can be quite harsh on the smooth and delicate surfaces of the jewels. To mitigate this, we recommend that jewelry should be the final step before heading out for a special occasion.
Now that you know what dangers to factor in when storing your jewelry, the question is where to store it. The ideal storage space for fine jewels is that of soft-lined jewelry boxes and containers. The boxes and pouches in which your purchased pieces are contained upon leaving the jewelry store are perfect. If you prefer to organize all your pieces in one place, we recommend purchasing a jewelry box with multiple compartments so that no pieces come into contact with one another, as this can lead to scratches. With necklaces, it is best to hang each of them in a lined box.
Cleaning Fine Pieces of Jewelry
One of the best cleaning practices for timeless jewelry is using a mild dish soap (not detergent) and warm water. Depending on how dirty the jewelry is, your hands or a very soft brush may be used. Rinse it thoroughly (and carefully so as not to lose it) and gently pat dry with a lint-free cloth. You can then lay the jewelry out on the cloth to dry so you don't take any excess moisture to its storage container.
We recognize that sometimes soap and water may not be enough. In which case we recommend investing in an ultrasonic cleaner. However, keep in mind that this method does not work for all kinds of jewels. Organic materials, such as pearls, ivory, or amber can be damaged with this method. Other gems that are not well suited to ultrasonic cleaning are those which are extra prone to damage from temperature changes, such as opal or topaz. As an alternative, you can schedule an appointment with us at our Katy, Texas jewelry store for jewelry services. We offer free cleanings to ensure that your fine jewelry keepsakes are treated with the utmost respect and are brilliant once again. We also have GIA certified experts who will address any concerns you may have about caring for your valuable timepieces.