Caring for your Fine Jewellery
Caring for your fine jewellery is paramount to keeping it looking its best for years to come. We are able to draw on over 175 years of experience of caring for fine jewellery, diamonds and precious gemstones so we are well equipped to pass on some helpful tips.
To ensure the longevity of your fine jewellery, here are some of our best care tips;
To clean your diamonds, sapphires and rubies, soak them in Vodka or Gin for ½ an hour then scrub with an old toothbrush. Then simply rinse with cold water. This process of cleaning should only be used on diamonds, sapphires and rubies.
If the stone(s) appear to be loose, please send or take them to a reputable jeweller as soon as possible to check the settings. The loss of a much-loved stone can be devastating.
To clean precious metal, dampen a cloth with surgical spirit (not methylated spirits) and rub carefully, then dry with a cloth. Always use non-abrasive cloths.
Once every six months take your jewellery to a reputable jeweller to be cleaned professionally.
Sometimes your jewellery can be damaged and lose its brilliance if not cleaned properly or stored correctly. Here are some guidelines, gleaned from experience, that should help to prevent accidental damage;
Porous stones such as emeralds and opals can crack and fracture if non-alcoholic based cleaning products are used. The product enters the stone and expands whereas alcoholic based cleaning products evaporate away, so take care in choosing the right cleaning solutions. Using warm, soapy water coupled with gentle scrubbing is the safest way to clean porous stones such as emeralds and opals.
Storing your jewellery correctly is also very important. Ensure that your jewellery is not left in strong sunlight for long periods, as certain coloured stones can change colour and in some cases lose colour when left in direct sunlight for long periods. Gemstones with 2 phase inclusions (those containing liquid and gas) should never by left in sunlight or on hot surfaces as the liquid and gas can expand and split the stone. Gold jewellery can discolour if stored with other jewellery – for ease we recommend storing gold jewellery separately from other jewellery.
If not cleaned properly your diamonds and gemstones will appear colourless and lifeless. Diamonds generally attract grease and can become coated in an oily film when they are immersed in dishwater. Contact with hand and body lotions also adds to the build-up of grease and dirt. Diamonds can be safely cleaned with lint-free cloths, commercial jewellery cleaning solutions, and again scrubbing with soapy water or the gin and vodka method detailed earlier!
In short, any dirt will affect the colour and brilliance of a gemstone – hindering the ‘play of light’ within the stone. The advice is simple; caring for your jewellery and it will last you a lifetime and beyond.