Caring for your jewelry
Proper care is key to ensuring that a piece of jewelry will retain its beauty and strength for many years. Cleaning a piece of jewelry will bring back its original color and shine, often making it appear like new. This can be done periodically at home and ideally quarterly by a Daniel Gibbings professional. In addition to periodic cleaning, it is important to inspect jewelry for loose stones, bent prongs, worn links and clasps. Catching these problems early on can prevent the potential for expensive repairs or replacements. Please contact a Daniel Gibbings professional if you detect any of the aforementioned conditions to ensure that your jewelry stands the test of time.
Although gemstones vary in fragility, there are general guidelines for preventing discoloration, fractures, or breakage. Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals (such as chlorine and other household products), extreme light or heat, and salt water. We advise removing all jewelry before performing any manual labor or strenuous activity which might lead to sharp blows to the jewelry or cause excessive friction. Never pull on the stone when removing a piece of jewelry as this can cause damage to the prongs or bezel. When storing jewelry, keep pieces in separate pouches to avoid scratching and tarnishing.
It is common for natural skin oils, perfumes, lotion, and soaps to cause jewelry to appear dull over time. Here are our tips for keeping your jewelry looking good as new.
Gold & Platinum
Cleaning gold and platinum jewelry is simple and only requires a gentle dish soap, a soft baby’s tooth brush, and a lint-free cloth. Prepare a small bowl of warm water, soak each piece before brushing, then transfer to a strainer and rinse under warm running water. Pat dry with a soft and lint-free cloth.
Silver will tarnish over time, especially in the presence of every day items that contain sulfur. If silver jewelry comes in contact with sulfur, it will instantly tarnish and therefore will need to be cleaned by a Daniel Gibbings professional. To clean your silver jewelry you may use a special silver polishing cloth.
Cleaning jewelry with ultrasonic or steam cleaners
You can clean the following gemstones in an ultrasonic or steam cleaner: Amethyst, Aquamarine, Diamond, Garnet, Moonstone, Morganite, Peridot, Ruby, Sapphire, Tanzanite, and Tourmaline. You can also soak them in a bowl of water with touch of gentle dish soap and use a soft baby’s tooth brush to scrub around and behind the stone. Place in a strainer and rinse under warm water before patting dry with a lint-free cloth.
Cleaning jewelry with warm water & soap
Emerald, Opal, Pearls, and Turquoise require special care. They should be kept away from hairspray, perfume, make-up, chemicals, including household cleaners, chlorine and dirt. This is due to the fact that these stones are porous and will absorb the aforementioned chemicals which will alter their appearance. To clean these gemstones, wash them under lukewarm running water with a touch of gentle dish soap and dry them with a lint-free cloth. When storing opals or pearls they must be kept in a humid environment or they may crack.