How to care for your fine jewelry
How to Care For Your Fine Jewelry
Did Santa bring you fine jewelry from Bowers Jewelers? Our jewelry is well crafted, but along with most everything else, air pollutants, dust, perspiration, perfumes, and other natural elements can dull it over time. Following these tips can help to keep your jewelry bright as the day you unwrapped them.
- Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry
Sterling Silver can be wiped down with a polishing cloth that you can purchase at Bowers.
- Cleaning Gold and Platinum Jewelry
You can clean Gold and Platinum in a small bowl with diluted dish detergent. Soak your jewelry for 3-5 minutes. Use a clean, cotton cloth to clean your item and make sure to rinse your jewelry under warm running water to remove all of the diluted dish soap. Pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Dry your jewelry completely before wearing again.
- How to Avoid Damaging Gemstones
All gemstones are susceptible to getting chipped or scratched. It is best to not wear rings and bracelets while doing manual labor to avoid sharp blows or excessive friction.
For most gemstones, it is best to clean using dish soap and water. It should only be cleaned with a dry, cotton cloth. Make sure to store your jewelry in the box that had been provided with your purchase at Bowers Jewelers.
- Cleaning Jewelry with Crystalline Gemstones
Crystalline gemstones like amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, and peridot attract oils and lotions which can dull the appearance of the stone. To clean, soak them in a bowl of water with a very small amount of gentle dish soap. You may use a soft baby’s toothbrush to scrub around and behind the stone. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a lint-free cloth.
For diamonds, rubies and sapphires set in gold and platinum use a drop of ammonia in water to clean. Use this method for gold and platinum jewelry only. Please note that ammonia dis-colors organic gemstones and silver.
- Cleaning Pearls
Pearls should be kept away from perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration, chlorine, vinegar, ammonia and dirt. After wearing, gently wipe them with a slightly damp cloth.
Wash pearls with mild soap (no detergent) and soft cloth periodically. Rinse them in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry. Pearls require humidity, so store them in an environment that is not too dry to prevent cracking.
Just like automobiles, jewelry should be professionally cleaned and inspected once a year. Always keep an eye out for loose or chipped stones and damaged prongs. Bowers Jewelers is here to provide professional cleaning at no charge to you!