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CARING & CLEANING YOUR JEWELS

 CARING & CLEANING YOUR JEWELS

BASIC RULES:
  •  Remove jewelry before bathing and grooming specially when applying hand lotions, perfume, hairspray and make-up; Allow your skin to absorb before putting on jewelry.
  •  Remove your jewelry before doing household chores, cleaning or yard work.
  •  Store each individual piece in a pouch or a self-sealing plastic bag.

YOUR CHERISHED ITEMS

When cleaning your jewelry, it is satisfying to watch your cherished items turn from dull and drab to shiny and bright. And it takes just a few easy steps to restore your jewelry's brilliance and luster. This section provides you with simple methods on how to clean your jewelry effectively and safely. Take note that certain methods are ideal for some jewelry, but can cause damage to others.

Diamond | Pearl | Amber | Coral| Emerald | Jade
Lapis Lazuli | Marcasite| Opal | Turquoise


DIAMOND

Hand lotions, hair styling products and everyday grime can leave a film on your diamond that keeps it from sparkling. Those materials can even accumulate into a thick layer of gunk on the back of the stone if you wait too long between cleanings.

How To Clean:
    1-Soak your diamond ring in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water for about an hour. Ivory dishwashing liquid is a good choice, but any other mild detergent is fine.
    2-Use a soft tooth brush to remove dirt from under the stones, try to reach with the bristles under the stone to remove the gunk build up. Don't use a brush with bristles that are stiff enough to scratch the ring's metal setting.
    3-Swish the ring around in the solution, then rinse it thoroughly in warm water. Close the drain or put the ring in a strainer to keep from losing it!
    4-Dry the ring with a lint-free cloth.
If the ring needs extra help, after the soak, a Water Pik provides a stream of water to flush away small bits of grime. You can also use a wooden toothpick to carefully push dirt away from the stone and setting.


PEARL

The pearls most of us wear today are cultured pearls, their existence initiated by humans who insert a bead or other object into an oyster or clam. The clam coats the foreigner with nacre, the patina that gives pearls their unique appearance.
  •  Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution (try Ivory flakes).
  •  Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
  •  Don't put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.

Even cultured pearls with thicker coatings are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition.
  •  Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your makeup and perfume.
  •  Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams.
  •  Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
  •  Store each individual piece in a pouch or a self-sealing plastic bag.



AMBER

How to Clean:
    1-Splash sparingly with a mixture of mild liquid soap and cool water (1 teaspoon of soap to 1 cup of water).
    2-Rinse quickly with clean, cool water. (If rinsing in a sink, be sure the drain is plugged!).
    3-Dry with a soft, clean, absorbent cloth.
    4-Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts:
  • Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Don't soak in water.
  • Don't expose to extreme heat.



CORAL

How to Clean:
    1-Wipe gently with a damp cloth that is soft and clean.
    2-Dry with a soft, clean, absorbent cloth.
    3-Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts:
  •  Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't soak in water.
  •  Don't expose to cleaning agents or chemicals.



EMERALD

Although this gemstone is durable, its unique internal characteristics require extra-special care.

How to Clean:
    1-Use the soaking and brushing method recommended for Karat Gold, Silver, Platinum, Diamonique and Most Gemstones.
    2-However, use cool water instead of lukewarm water.
    3-Also, instead of soaking for 10 to 20 minutes, soak briefly for no more than 5 minutes.

The Don'ts:
  •  Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't expose to heavy pressure.
  •  Don't expose to extreme heat.
  •  Don't expose to harsh or concentrated cleaning solutions.
  •  If using a mild cleaning solution, always dilute in water.



JADE

How to Clean:
    1-Wipe gently with a damp cloth that is soft and clean.
    2-Dry with a soft, clean, absorbent cloth.
    3-Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts:
  •  Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't soak in water.
  •  Don't expose to cleaning agents or other chemicals.



LAPIS LAZULI

How to Clean:
    1-Splash sparingly with a mixture of mild liquid soap and cool water (1 teaspoon of soap to 1 cup water).
    2-Rinse quickly with clean, cool water. (If rinsing in a sink, be sure the drain is plugged!).
    3-Dry with a soft, clean, absorbent cloth.
    3-Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts:
  •  Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't soak in water.



MARCASITE

Marcasite is often secured in a setting with jeweler's cement. This feature requires special cleaning.

How to Clean:
    1-Wipe gently with a damp cloth that is soft and clean.
    2-Dry with a soft, clean, absorbent cloth.
    3-Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts:
  •  Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't soak in water.
  •  Don't expose to cleaning agents or other chemicals.
  •  Don't expose to extreme heat.



OPAL

How to Clean:
    1-Use the method recommended For Karat Gold, Silver, Platinum, Diamonique and Most Gemstones.
    2-However, use cool water instead of lukewarm water.
    3-Also, instead of soaking for 10 to 20 minutes, soak briefly for no more than 5 minutes.
    4-Dry with a soft, absorbent cloth.
    5-Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts:
  •  Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't expose to extreme heat.



TURQUOISE

How to Clean:
    1-Wipe gently with a damp cloth that is soft and clean.
    2-Dry with a soft, clean, absorbent cloth.
    3-Leave the piece on a towel for an extended period of time to ensure it is completely dry.

The Don'ts:
  •  Don't use hot water, a steamer or an ultrasonic cleaner.
  •  Don't soak in water.
  •  Don't expose to cleaning agents or other chemicals.
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