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Jewelry Care 101

 Jewelry Care 101

How to Properly Care for Your Jewelry 

It’s tempting to think that your fine jewelry doesn’t need maintenance. You have to think about it like a car, eventually, jewelry will begin to look worn and will need an occasional inspection. There are a lot of small ways we can maintain the look of our jewelry and care for it. Here is a helpful guide to assist you in keeping your pieces looking good:
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3) Use a polishing cloth: 

The best way to care for silver is to use a polishing cloth. It is also best to not expose silver to the open air when it's not being worn. The best place to store them is inside a felt-lined jewelry box. Silver tarnishes fastest when exposed to the open air as gases can make it discolor. Regularly polishing with a nonabrasive silver polishing cloth is best to keep your silver pieces looking sparkly at all times.

4) Store your jewelry in a clean dry space: 

Keep your jewelry in fabric-lined cases. If you don’t have a jewelry case, wrap each piece of jewelry in soft tissue paper before placing it in a drawer. For sterling silver jewelry, get anti-tarnish bags or cloth to limit exposure to air and moisture.

Note: Storing your opal, pearl, and camo shell jewelry in a dry space like a safety deposit box can do more harm than good. These stones draw moisture from the air.

5) Take them off! 

It’s good to keep your jewelry in rotation. Like oils from moisture, our skin oils can also tarnish our jewelry over time.

It’s never a good idea to wear your jewelry while doing physical activity. This includes housework. No need to wear jewelry around the house while you clean.

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8) Use Ultrasonic Cleaner with Caution! 

If you think your jewelry needs to be dipped in a sonic, you should bring it to the professionals. They will tell you how long and how often you should be soaking your jewelry.

If you have an ultrasonic at home, here are some things you SHOULD NOT be putting in your sonic:

  • Gemstones with surface-reaching brakes that have been filled with a substance such as oil, resin, or a glass-like material
  • Organic gem materials such as pearls, coral, ivory, or amber
  • Gems that have been coated with a non-permanent substance like plastic or wax
  • Heat-treated gemstones
  • Gems that are susceptible to heat and temperature changes whether they are treated or not

Pro-Tip: Ask a jeweler when purchasing if they feel it is safe for you to put your piece in a sonic or not.


9) Take for inspection at your jeweler: 

We recommend having your fine jewelry inspected every six months. It’s a good idea to have your jewelry looked at by a professional jeweler. Waiting too long to have your jewelry inspected can often be costly if it needs a ton of maintenance. Treat a six-month or even yearly checkup like an oil change or car inspection, the better you care for something the longer it will last.

10) Get it insured!

Insurance can help pay for any unexpected repairs and of course, covers loss or theft. Your jeweler will recommend an insurance provider they feel will work best for you.

Here are Steven Singer Jewelers we recommend Jewelers Mutual. They only insure jewelry and will provide the best care for your jewelry needs.


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