Caring For Your Jewellery

Jewellery and Diamonds

Diamonds may be the hardest natural substance known to man, but can still be damaged, chipped, abraded or scratched. Therefore, don’t jumble your diamond jewellery together or with other pieces, because diamonds can scratch other jewellery and each other.

After removing jewellery, wipe with a soft cloth and store separately in a fabric-lined jewel case or in a box.

Clean your jewellery and diamonds regularly with a jewellery cleaner that you can obtain from your jeweller.

Remove jewellery before doing chores and do not let your jewellery or diamonds come in contact with chlorine, bleach or other chemicals as this can pit or discolour the mounting and have a negative effect on the stone . Platinum will not be affected.

Put on jewellery after you apply make-up, perfume or cologne

Tanzanite and some other gemstones should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner or steam cleaned. Warm soapy water or a damp soft cloth is considered safe.

Remove all gold jewellery before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form on carat gold jewellery, making it appear dull.

Signs of wear, such as scratches, can eventually appear on jewellery. Consult your jeweller to determine if they can be removed by re-polishing.

See your jeweller at least once a year to have your jewellery checked for loose claws, worn mountings and general wear and tear and have your jewellery professionally cleaned every six months.

Do not rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth or a fine piece of felt.

Store your silver in a cool, dry place, preferably in a tarnish-preventive bag. Make sure your silver is not exposed to air and light during storage – this can cause silver to tarnish.

For polished natural colour titanium rings, it is suggested that you have your titanium ring polished about once or twice a year.

Pearls

Do not use commercial, ultrasonic cleaners or steam on pearls, nor detergents, baking soda or ammonia based cleaners.

Do not use toothbrushes or abrasive materials to clean pearls.

Buy strands of pearls that are strung with a knot between each pearl, to avoid abrasion and to prevent loss if the string should break.

After wearing your pearls, wipe with a soft cloth, which can be dry or damp. They can be washed in cold water and a mild pure soap (not everyday soaps as they can damage them). After washing them, lay the pearls out flat to dry – as the string can stretch.

Do not store pearls near heaters or in strong sunlight, they will become brittle and crack.

Sealed plastic bags are not good for pearls, as they will dry them out.

Pearls are soft and should be kept in jewellery pouches to protect them from scratches.

Pearl necklaces stretch with time and the string becomes dirty and weak. Have your pearls restrung and cleaned professionally about once a year if you wear them regularly.

Watches

When you purchase a watch, make sure that the jeweller explains all the features. Make sure to read the warranty that comes with the watch.

If you have a mechanical watch, wind it at about the same time each day. Remove the watch from your wrist when winding so as not to place undue pressure on the stem.

Only an expert jeweller or watchmaker should work on your timepiece.

Many manufacturers recommend that you have your watch inspected, cleaned and lubricated once a year.

Replace broken or scratched crystals (glass covering your watch face) immediately as even a hairline crack can let dust and moisture into the time-keeping mechanism.

If your watch is water resistant, a water resistance test should be performed after the battery has been replaced to ensure that water will not leak into and damage the watch.

It is advisable never to take a watch into a pool or sea, as the elements can erode the lining.

It is also advisable not to shower with your watch as high temperatures can cause condensation and could have an effect on the rubber seals that keep moisture out of the watch.