Diamond Jewelry Care
. Do not wear diamond jewelry, especially rings, when doing rough work. Even though diamonds is one of the hardest materials in nature, diamonds can still be chipped or cracked by a sharp, sudden blow.
• Chlorine can damage and discolor the mounting on your diamond jewelry. Keep your diamond away from chlorine bleach or other household chemicals. You should also remove your diamond jewelry before entering a chlorinated pool or hot tub.
• Clean your diamonds regularly using a commercial jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution using a soft brush to dislodge dust and dirt stuck in the setting
• Always thoroughly rinse and dry your jewelry after cleaning and before storage.
Platinum Jewelry Care
• Platinum jewelry can be cleaned in the same manner as other fine jewelry. Your jeweler can recommend a prepackaged jewelry cleaner that works with platinum, or ask your jeweler to professionally clean your platinum pieces. A professional cleaning every six months will keep your platinum jewelry in great shape.
• Store your platinum jewelry separately and with care, not allowing pieces to touch each other, because even platinum can be scratched.
• Signs of wear, such as scratches, can eventually appear on platinum. However, due to the metal’s durability, there is usually little metal loss from the scratch. If visible scratches do appear, your jeweler should be able to re-polish the piece.
• If your platinum is set with diamonds or other precious stones, be especially careful, as these materials can be more susceptible to damage.
Gold Jewelry Care
• Remove all gold jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form on karat gold jewelry, making it appear dull.
• To clean your jewelry at home, you’ll find many commercial cleaners available. In addition, you will find a soft chamois cloth an effective and inexpensive way to keep your pieces lustrous and shining. For certain gold jewelry, especially pieces that do not contain colored gemstones, an ultrasonic cleaning machine may be appropriate. Ask your jeweler to advise you.
• Be careful of chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your gold jewelry. Do not wear gold jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.
• Grease can be removed from karat gold jewelry by dipping the jewelry into plain rubbing alcohol. Again, check with your jeweler about colored gemstone pieces.