Care Tips for Your Jewelry
Part of estate jewelry’s charm is in its previous ownership and history. This is often reflected in minor wear. Just like any other heirloom, keeping your jewelry in good condition will help it grow in value with time.
Here are some tips for caring for your jewelry:
Separate your jewelry when putting it away.
Remove jewelry when doing housework or putting on cosmetics. Soap, detergents, lotions, powders etc. can cause a film to form on your jewelry making it appear dull or dingy.
Take off jewelry when bathing, swimming or using a hot tub so that chlorine does not pit or discolor the metal.
Hang herringbone or other chains to prevent kinking and bending.
Check clasps, hasps, hinges or other mechanisms to make sure they work freely.
The best way to restore the luster of metal is with a jeweler’s polishing cloth which contains polishing compounds. Rubbing all surfaces will restore the jewelry to a lustrous shine. Some ultrasonic cleaners will remove surface dirt and tarnish but be very cautious – read the directions as some stones may be damaged. Use a soft toothbrush to remove dirt from crevices. This is how our mothers and grandmothers cleaned their jewelry and it still works fine. If you have any doubt about cleaning your jewelry – please have it done professionally.
You are always welcome to email us for care instructions on specific gemstones or other tips.