Jewelry Care

How do I care for my jewelry?

Diamond rings: We recommend all rings be brought in every 6 months for complimentary cleaning and prong inspection. Diamonds are usually held in by tiny prongs, so in order to properly maintain your ring, these prongs will occasionally need to be adjusted or retipped. If a prong ever feels rough, or seems to be catching on things, discontinue wearing your ring until you can have it inspected and repaired. In between visits, you can clean your jewelry at home with warm water, dish soap and a soft toothbrush. You can also purchase home jewelry cleaning machines. Never let your jewelry soak for long periods in harsh chemicals.

Gemstone jewelry: Different gemstones have different properties, and require different types of care. Harder gemstones such as sapphires, rubies and topaz can be cleaned in ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines, but softer gemstones such as opal, emerald and tanzanite cannot. When in doubt, ask your jeweler how to clean your jewelry.

Silver jewelry: Sterling silver jewelry may tarnish and darken over time. The simplest method for cleaning plain silver jewelry without gemstones is a solution that you can dip the jewelry in. This method is not recommended for jewelry with stones or with dark, oxidized finishes. The safest method for cleaning jewelry with gemstones is a soft toothbrush, warm water and dish soap. Exercise extreme caution when cleaning jewelry with any sort of inlay. Silver polishing cloths work well for polishing jewelry with inlay.

Always remove rings before lifting weights. Precious metals are not strong enough to stand up to pressure from weights, and your ring will suffer premature wear, hairline cracks, deep scratches, and other wear.

Avoid regular exposure to chlorine, cleaning products, hand sanitizer and other harsh chemicals.