You need to care for your jewellery to be able to hand it down to the next generation. For example, a very tough metal such as platinum can scratch and bend. Plus, although they are incredibly hard, diamonds do chip. It is not unusual to see scratches and ‘dinks’ as time goes by. Also hairline marks on the back of platinum shanks are not unusual where they have been sized to fit.
Therefore we recommend you follow a few pointers similar to those set out by the National Association of Goldsmiths to help maintain jewellery.
Gem set jewellery can shine up with careful cleaning using an old toothbrush and soapy water. Keep the water tepid/cool to avoid damaging stones such as emerald that are sensitive to heat. AVOID USING SOAPS WITH CITRUS. Try not to get threaded pearl bead or antique jewellery wet without seeking professional advice first.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners
- Many people use silver dip on silver jewellery but be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly with water. DO NOT USE SILVER DIP ON GOLD JEWELLERY
- It is best to keep jewellery seperated and not all jumbled up when stored to avoid scratching.
- Do not go to bed wearing jewellery, especially chains.
You use your hands more than anything else on your body and they have become resilient to knocks, scuffs and grazes often without you realising when this happens. Your diamond ring however can be visibly damaged by the same casual uses. We recommend you do not wear any jewellery while doing manual work, during exercise and swimming. It is also best to take off while washing the dishes – the stainless steel cutlery can scratch platinum. We advise when you get home from work or return from your evening out to take off your jewellery.
PEACE OF MIND
Take your jewellery items to your jeweller yearly so they can check over the claws and advise accordingly.
If required by your insurance company make sure you obtain a valuation for insurance with enough detail so a jeweller could do a rough sketch from the description. Insure your jewellery with an “ALL RISKS” policy and take photographs of the items of jewellery.
Finally, scratches do happen, claws do break, diamonds can chip but often repairs can be carried out relatively quickly and effectively leaving the item looking just like new again.