25 Jun Jewelry Care Guide
Jewelry Care Guide
Learn how to properly care for your jewelry with our jewelry care guide.
Important Post Purchase Steps:
After a purchase (or proposal), it is imperative for you to insure your new piece of jewelry so you can protect your investment against loss, damage, or theft. If you need help with insurance or appraisal, Royal Jewelers will happily assist! Every day you should check to make sure all of the stones are tight. You can use your fingernail to try and move the stones. Every month you should give your jewelry a proper cleaning, but for rings and earrings you will need to clean them more often. Lastly, twice a year you should bring your ring in to get the prongs inspected by our experts at Royal.
Cleaning Your Jewelry Too Long:
Ultrasonic machines are great because they thoroughly clean your jewelry, but they are not made for every piece of jewelry. Avoid placing pearls, cameos, emeralds, opals, coral, and other soft stones in an ultrasonic machine. The small containers you dunk your jewelry in are great, but make sure not to submerge them in the solution too long. Too much exposure can make silver tarnish almost to a black color, as well as gold.
How To Take Your Rings Off:
Did you know there is a right and a wrong way to take on and off a ring? It is very important that when you take your rings on and off, you pull from the sides of the shank. Too many people, especially when the ring is too tight, have a tendency to remove the ring by pressing one finger on top of the stone and the other on the bottom of the ring. Over time, this will loosen your stone and make it susceptible to falling out.
How To Clean Your Jewelry:
Mild dish soap and water can work magic when it comes to dull jewelry. Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water and dip a soft cloth in it. Rub the jewelry and rinse off, then buff with a cloth until dry. For stones, you can soak your jewelry in the same solution or you can buy a mild jewelry cleaner from us that comes with a gentle polishing cloth. A home steamer is another easy solution for easy cleaning! Wipe pearls with just a dry cloth, they absorb everything!
What to do when your rings get stuck:
If your ring gets stuck on your finger, you can spray some windex on your finger to help loosen up the ring. It is also important to note that if it is hard to get the ring on, it is best not to force it on as this tends to result in your finger swelling up and the ring getting stuck! If you don’t feel comfortable getting the ring off yourself, come in to Royal Jewelers and we will be happy to assist you.
Losing your jewelry:
Where do you put your jewelry when you take it off? Just like there is a designated spot for car keys, there should be a designated spot for your jewelry that you wear often. When you come home at the end of the day, make sure to place your engagement ring and other valuables in this spot to prevent the chance of loss. Be sure to store pearls in a place that is not sealed tightly as lack of air can make them brittle.
Wearing your jewelry all the time:
We know you love your jewelry and it’s precious to you, but don’t wear your jewelry while sleeping, washing dishes, painting, working with your hands, or wearing latex gloves. Use your best judgement on this, but if in doubt, take your jewelry off. Engagement rings are the most common offenders on this list, and in this case, it is because they are worn every day. Even though they are worn each day, it doesn’t mean you have to wear them all the time!
Showering and swimming:
We know it’s easy to forget, but you should definitely never wear your jewelry when swimming or showering. Water is naturally abrasive. Showering won’t wear down your gold as quickly as the pool or ocean. Think of the rivers that over time have carved their way through canyons of stone. Overtime, the same thing happens with your gold and other metals.