Jewelry Care Tips
There are many things you can do to keep your jewelry looking great and wearing well. The following links are suggestions for caring for your jewelry.
Care & Cleaning
Gemstone cleaning methods
In addition to maintaining your jewelry's natural shine, you can keep it wearing well by following these suggestions.
- Have a jeweler clean and inspect your jewelry at least annually looking for loose settings, faulty links, worn prongs, etc. Ask your jeweler how to clean items properly at home.
- Clean your jewelry frequently to avoid the build up of dirt which may hasten wear.
- A prong that is loose, worn or catches on fabric may cause the stone to fall out of the setting. Have the item checked by a jeweler 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--even diamonds.
- 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.
- Insure your jewelry to assure that you can replace it if it is lost, stolen or damaged.
How safe is your jewelry? Where do you keep it when you're not wearing it? Is it really safe in your home?
The majority of thefts occur when workers, guests or friends are in your home, and your jewelry is visible or accessible for them to steal. In addition, burglars are known to case neighborhoods looking for opportunities to steal. They look for uncut lawns, newspapers on the doorstep, no cars in the driveway--signs that indicate you aren't home or you've been away for awhile. Some thieves even have the nerve to knock on your door to see if anybody's home.
Security for your jewelry and other valuables in your home is a matter of attitude; realize that all neighborhoods are vulnerable to burglaries. Your home could be a target if a thief feels you have valuables worth stealing and there's easy access to your valuables.
Surprisingly, most burglaries occur during the day, not at night. Burglaries also are more frequent when doors and windows are unlocked, whether or not people are at home. Think about this: How easy would it be for a burglar to slip into your home unnoticed and steal your valuables if you were occupied in another part of the house, outside in the garden, or mowing the lawn? It could take only a minute!
You can protect your jewelry and other precious possessions by taking these steps:
- Install good locks on your doors and windows and establish family procedures for locking them. Most burglaries would be eliminated if people had properly locked doors and windows. When practical keep your doors locked at all times, and always when you leave. If you have children who need quick entry, consider having them use a back door or a door that is routinely monitored.
- Make your house look lived in--keep the lawn groomed and pick up your mail and newspapers daily.
- When not wearing your jewelry, put it in a secure place such as a home safe or a safe-deposit box. If you don't have these, choose a secure hiding place in your home, preferably a locked compartment that is immobile. Jewelry boxes and dresser drawers, as well as almost any other spot in bedrooms, are probably the first places a thief will look for your valuables. Consider storing infrequently worn jewelry in a bank safe-deposit box. Choose a hiding place that is inconspicuous yet convenient for you.
- Remove your jewelry and place it in a safe location before gardening, playing sports, or performing difficult chores around your home.
- When traveling, store unworn jewelry in the hotel's safe-deposit box.
- Never leave jewelry in your luggage to be transported by airlines, cruise lines, or other public transportation.
- If you bump or catch your jewelry, inspect it immediately for missing stones or damaged prongs. Take extra care when removing gloves. If you suspect damage, place the jewelry in a safe place until you can take it to a jeweler for inspection and repair.
- Never trust putting jewelry in your pockets. Even pockets with zippers can be susceptible to opening.
- Do not set jewelry items on an open surface such as a sink, counter or public area. They can be forgotten, lost or even stolen.
- Have your jeweler inspect your jewelry on a regular basis. This is especially true for items you wear frequently. Sometimes, small problems like loose stones, worn or damaged prongs, and faulty clasps can be detected and repaired before they turn into bigger problems. Since jewelry values periodically change, these inspections also allow your jeweler the opportunity to make sure your jewelry is properly valued for replacement purposes.