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Jewelry Care Part 2: How to Maximize the Life of Your Jewelry

Jewelry Care Part 2: How to Maximize the Life of Your Jewelry

We covered the basics on daily and weekly/monthly maintenance on your fine jewelry in our first Jewelry Cleaning blog. But to show your pieces some true love, we recommend bringing them to your trusted jeweler once a year for a quick inspection and clean-down. An annual cleaning can help remove old build-up that may not be reached by your weekly cleaning ritual, but it can also detect and prevent any issues that may occur in future wear. Read on to learn our top tips for tip-top jewelry maintenance. 

Annual Inspections

It’s a great idea to have your bigger jewelry items inspected once a year. A reputable jewelry company will check the integrity of the prongs to make sure there isn’t risk of losing a stone. They will also provide an in-depth cleaning of the areas that are hard to reach with typical jewelry cleaners, and know what type of materials to use to avoid any damage to sensitive stone types.

jewelry professional inspecting jewelry

How to Clean Tarnished Jewelry

There are other services worth considering after a few years of wear and tear. For white gold jewelry, rhodium plating gives the gold an ultra-white color by coating the existing metal. We prefer rhodium plating on all white diamond/white metal jewelry such as engagement rings and wedding bands, and the plating will last for over a year with proper maintenance. Other services to consider including buffing your rings, as they handle a lot of wear and tear over time. Your ring will look brand-new with a quick buff, removing a year (or more) of scuffs and scratches so your metals will reach optimum shine. 

rhodium plating and buffing for jewelry

Professional jewelry cleaning and maintenance is recommended yearly. We encourage you to bring your Pratiksha Jewelry back to us for professional servicing, including cleaning, inspection, pearl restringing, and repair of clasps, settings, and damaged or lost gemstones.

No-nos

We recommend avoiding the use of ultrasonic cleaners as they can damage jewelry, especially soft stones and metals. These cleaners expose jewelry high heat and vibration which can shatter stones like tanzanite, emerald, or even diamond. When rinsing your jewelry, be careful that your drain is sealed tightly. A mesh loose tea infuser works well for rinsing jewelry without worrying about losing a slippery piece of jewelry down the drain.

jewelry in the sun

In much the same way that the sun can damage our skin, it can also weaken and fade some gemstones, such as amethyst, citrine, smoky quartz, or emerald, with prolonged exposure. Heat and sun exposure dry out the natural moisture of pearls and opals, leading to cracks and discoloration.

When in doubt, always ask a professional. We’re here to help you and your jewelry sparkle all holiday season, and for many decades to come! Now through Thanksgiving, you can make an appointment for a complimentary jewelry cleaning on us! Please give us a call or email us to make your pre-holiday jewelry cleaning appointment.

Keep reading Part 3 to learn about care, repairs and refurbishing heirloom jewelry.

Megan Davis, Contributor
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