What should you do to make your jewelry look like new?

taking-care-of-jewelryIs your jewelry looking old and dingy-have no fear here are some suggestions how you can maintain your beautiful jewelry in the gorgeous Boca Raton.  First suggestion is, don’t drape your pearls or other expensive beaded necklaces on a hook or doorknob. The beads will weigh down the string and then you will have to have them restrung, rather lay them flat and store them in a soft cloth or jewelry pouch. You are not going to believe this one, as you enjoy soaking in a bath and enjoy the warm soapy water so does your diamond engagment ring. As soon as you get out look at your beautiful engagment ring and see it smile back at you. They were instantly cleaned; don’t try it with pearls, opals, turquoise or other porous stones.  These stones should never be worn swimming, washing dishes or showering as the color and texture can change. On the flip side, don’t soak in a swimming pool with your diamonds. While you always see in the magazine ads, images of jewelry by the poolside, don’t be fooled. Chlorine is not great for the stones and metal. The metal can discolor and weaken and cause the piece to change shape.

Whatever you do, try not to get chemicals on your diamond engagement ring, diamond bracelet or any jewelry on your hands.  DO NOT clean with your jewelry on unless you are wearing gloves. The chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, acetone, etc. can dull your metal and pit your stones. So remember only wear gloves to clean your house. Or maybe you should just pay someone to clean your house for you. And what about when you put on your makeup and do your hair. Your jewelry should always be put on last. Your makeup lotions (which includes suntan, body lotion, body glitter, gel…) can put a film on your diamond that is dulls the shine of your stone. Think of your jewelry as the icing on the cake-it goes last.

When you store your jewelry, pieces shouldn’t hav them touch one another. If you just throw your pieces on the counter they can rub against each other and get scratched. Even the stones can get scratched. When a jeweler packs jewelry we store the pieces separate from one another, we don’t take chances with our goods, why should you.

Make sure that you get your jewelry a checkup at the jewelers. It must be a jeweler that you trust, you don’t want your stone swapped or charged for something you don’t need. We hear so many stories from customers that came in after being cheated. Regarding your ring-prongs will loosen and your center stone just might fall out. We had a client come in, she had lost her center stone, the prongs wore down and the diamond fell out, luckily her grandson found the stone in her car. She took it to Diamonds by Eyal we built up the prongs and secured the center stone. Her daughter also had her ring checked while she was her with her mom. Both customers were very happy.

 

Diamond Care- What to avoid

Diamonds may be one of the strongest substances in the world; however, they can chip and become loose or fall out of a setting. It is essential that you take care of your diamond jewelry. The most obvious ways of protecting your jewelry include taking it to the jeweler for an inspection and having it cleaned. Unfortunately there are many items which you probably use on a daily basis that can damage your diamond jewelry.

Lotions, Sprays and Makeup 

Lotion is used daily by both women and men; some people mistakenly use lotion to care for their diamond jewelry. Lotion should be avoided because it can weaken and discolor metal.  Lotions will dull the surface of your diamond and conceal the stone’s brilliance. Lotions also have a base which can gather under the prongs and loosen your diamond. Hairspray can stick to your diamond blurring the brilliance, as well as making your stone appear yellow. Sunscreens, makeup and other cosmetics contain numerous chemicals which can damage the setting of your diamond and cover its beauty

Cleaning products 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaning supplies contain harsh chemicals which are great for disinfecting and removing dirt. Natural diamonds are not greatly affected by these common household products. The brilliance of the diamond could appear dull if it is constantly exposed; however, once the diamond is cleaned it will look alive again.  The mounting of the diamond or any gold jewelry piece faces the biggest threat. Clorox will weaken the rhodium coating on white gold and cause the ring to turn yellow. It could also cause the metal become brittle inducing the prongs to break which will produce the stones to loosen and potentially fall out. Chlorine will corrode the metal, meaning that it will debilitate the setting, whether it is silver, gold or platinum. Some individuals believed that chlorine could be used to clean jewelry so they would go into swimming pools wearing their jewels and instead of cleaning their piece they would cause great damage. Windex has been used by consumers to clean jewelry. Windex contains ammonia which can remove the polish on some gemstones such as turquoise.

Avoid wearing your diamond jewelry while engaging in these activities:

  • Sleeping: It is recommended not to sleep with diamond jewelry in the event that your jewelry has loose diamonds and they fall out. Once the diamond falls out it is difficult to find it, especially since you move around when you’re asleep.
  • Exercising: Working out with jewelry is risky because your hands will become sweaty and your ring or other jewelry could fall off. If you use heavy weights and one hit your jewelry or diamond is could cause your diamond to fall or become loose or even worse your diamond could chip.
  • Cooking: You should avoid wearing your jewelry while cooking because the intense heat could damage gemstones. The various chemicals used to cook could also have a negative effect on your jewelry.
  • Showering: The chemicals in your shampoo, conditioner and body wash could cause your metal setting to discolor. The base on your shampoo and washes could gather up around the prongs of the setting and cause your stones to become loose. Like other cosmetics, shampoo will conceal the brilliance of the diamond. Although this is not a permanent effect, you will have to clean your diamond more often to keep its brilliance.
  • Washing dishes: Dish-washing liquid has harsh chemicals to scrub off grease and breakdown dirt. Washing the dishes with your rings or bracelets on will cause the washing liquid to settle on your jewels. We advise that you place your diamond jewelry in a safe place before washing the dishes or engaging in cleaning. Placing your jewels on the sink counter is very dangerous because your jewelry could easily fall down the drain.
  • Beach: Wearing your jewels to the beach is not a good idea. The coarse sand could scratch the setting. The sunscreen you apply could stick to your diamond and jewelry. Saltwater can also weaken the setting and cause it to discolor.

 

 

Eyal’s Top 10 Jewelry Tips

Whether you have tons of jewelry pieces or simply have a diamond engagement ring and wedding band, your jewelry will not take care of itself. Eyal Cohen the diamond expert at Diamond by Eyal has listed the most important jewelry tips.

1. Avoid wearing your jewelry while  exercising, showering, cooking, cleaning, swimming, washing the dishes, styling your hair, and putting on lotion. Our bodies have natural oils that can diminish the brilliance of the stone. Furthermore, household products, chlorine, bleach, and saltwater can damage your jewelry., the diamond expert at Diamonds by Eyal has provided essential tips that will help you care for your pieces.

2. Only deal with jewelers that you fully trust. And do not let your diamond engagement ring and other diamond jewelry out of your sight when dealing with a jeweler you don’t know very well.

3. Insure your jewelry in the event that your piece is stolen or lost.

4. You can check for loose stones by holding your diamond piece close to your ear and gently tapping it. You will hear rattling if there are any loose stones. If you hear loose stones, see chipped stones or missing diamonds go to your jeweler as soon as possible.

5. Touching your diamond with your fingers will cause the stone to loose brilliance due to the fact that our fingers have natural oils.

6. Have your jewelry inspected every 6 months for loose or chipped stones, broken prongs, worn mountings, and other wear and tear.

7. Do not remove your engagement ring and wedding band in a public place, especially in a public restroom while washing your hands. The possibility of forgetting your ring ledge of the sink, losing the piece or dropping it down the drain is not worth the risk.

8. Have your jewelry professionally cleaned every 6 months. Over time particles will gather up on your diamond jewelry pieces. Cleaning the piece will give it a whole new look. Diamonds by Eyal offers free of charge diamond and jewelry cleaning to all customers.

9. Have your jewelry appraised when you first purchase the piece. Don’t forget to have your jewelry re-appraised every 3-5 years.

10. Store your jewelry in a clean, dry, and safe place. When you take off your rings make sure you place them in a secure area.