Cleaning

"Elegance is not dependent on money. The most important of all is care. Care in choosing your clothes. Care in wearing them. Care in keeping them."

Christian Dior

 

The Basics

You start damaging a piece of jewelry the very day you slide it on your finger. How long it is going to last is literally in your hands.

To ensure that your jewelry stays as beautiful as the day you bought it make sure to bring it to us for a free complimentary cleaning and inspection at least once a year to maintain its radiance and sparkle. If you go to a local store for cleaning, please warn them about their responsibility to check for loose stones before they hand your jewelry back to you.

At home, please follow these simple rules:

  • Store all your jewelry pieces separate from one another to avoid any possibility of abrasion or damage. Ideally, place each piece in an individual compartment or a pouch.
  • Do not wear jewelry while exercising, swimming, gardening, mechanical bull riding, white-knuckle driving, etc. In other words, when it gets exposed, it to repeated knocking and scratching.
  • Any gemstone, including a diamond, can chip if you hit it hard, and at a certain angle.
  • Emeralds, opals, and other stones such as feldspar (moonstones) are particularly delicate and easily damaged.
  • Protect your jewelry from extreme temperatures. Protect opals from direct sunlight. They will dry out and crack.
  • Avoid exposing colored stones to harsh chemicals or abrasives, nail polish remover, perfumes, or hairspray.


Keeping diamond sterile is next to impossible. Diamonds have a curious property called lipophilia (attraction to grease) that causes the oily film to spread over the entire diamond surface. The film traps the dust particles which form a dirt layer. Only consistent maintenance and cleaning at regular intervals will imbue the significance and perceived beauty of the stone.


Regular cleaning prevents the greasy build-upfrom accumulating and hardening underneath a stone. Once the organic deposits from makeup, lotions, and perspiration are calcified and hardened, removing them becomes a challenge. Even for a jeweler equipped with professional-grade cleaning tools.

Diamonds appear one or two color grades lower when dirty, up to 20% loss of value. Without proper upkeep, they look repulsive instead of dazzling and mystifying. 

You can minimize the exposure to oils, lotions, and cosmetics by applying makeup before putting your jewelry on. 

Regardless of which cleaning method you use, remember that most gemstones can tolerate high heat. However, they will crack from a sudden drop in temperature. Always consult with a specialist or bring it to us for complimentary cleaning and inspection.


Soaking 

Routine cleaning (approximately twice a month) will bring the best results. An irregular cleaning, on the other hand, promotes the dirt's build-up. Soaking your diamond jewelry overnight in water will soften the calcified deposits and make cleaning a breeze. 

Stones other than emeralds and pearls are safe to soak overnight. Emeralds are often impregnated with oil. Soaking will remove the oil so that the stone will lose its transparency.Immersing pearls in a water-based solution can disintegrate the knots and strings. Merely wiping the pearls with a soft cloth will do the trick.

Best cleaning method - using a soft toothbrush 

Dissolve a few drops of dishwashing liquid (any brand) in a cup of warm water. Optionally add a few drops of regular household ammonia. 

Gently brush jewelry using a soft toothbrush. Try to dislodge the dirt accumulated directly under the stones. Rinse with lukewarm water. Pat with a paper towel or use a hairdryer to dry. 

Pressurized air can be used for drying water remains. However, canned air cannot remove the greasy film, so it is unsuitable for cleaning jewelry.

Cleaning with ultrasonic cleaner

A consumer-grade ultrasonic cleaner is suitable only for special occasions. Using it regularly is not recommended because ultrasound can loosen or even dislodge small stones from the setting. Yet, it is not powerful enough to dissolve the hardened deposits and grime stuck under the stones.

Two pieces should not be cleaned simultaneously - they will scratch each other. Pieces with flexible joints such as bracelets, necklaces, or earrings with hinged parts must be restrained to ensure that separate parts do not touch. 

Emeralds, opals, rare gemstones, heavily included, cracked, and fracture-filled stones should not be cleaned in ultrasonic. The internal integrity of a gemstone is a crucial element of deciding to subject the stone to ultrasound. 

Professional-grade ultrasonic has enough power to eradicate the dirt. However, it is the jeweler's responsibility to check every stone after the cleaning. 

Ionic Cleaner

The ionic cleaner is not well suited to clean platinum and diamond jewelry. However, it is useful for removing tarnish from delicate jewelry with pearls and soft stones such as emeralds and turquoise.  It works by running a mild charge through a piece of jewelry immersed in a liquid cleaner. The process is very similar to electroplating, but the electric current flows in the opposite direction.


Steam

An industrial-strength steamer is a standard piece of equipment for every jeweler. A combination of ultrasound and steam is the best way to clean jewelry in a professional environment. 

Steamers use water and electric heat to generate pressurized steam. Industrial steamers are expensive, bulky, and require regular maintenance. They are not practical and too dangerous for use at home. 

Consumer-grade steamer's pressure is usually too low to remove hardened deposits. These toy-like steamers can be used only for freshening up jewelry or drying it after the cleaning.

 

 

 

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