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The holidays are coming! It’s time to clean and review your jewelry.

| November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Karen Bedi

Fine jewelry can last life times with proper care- here are a few tips from the professionals for home care:

General Care

11 jewelry_cleaningAs a rule of thumb jewelry should be the last thing you put on when getting ready and the first thing you take off. This avoids contact with make-up, perfume, hairspray and lotions that can dull and damage jewelry. You also should remove jewelry when doing housework.

Cleaning Platinum and Gold Jewelry

Before cleaning, look over your pieces making sure they are in good condition- prongs are secure and stones are all in place. Use a non-abrasive jewelry cleaner such as mild dish soap and warm water and a soft toothbrush. Soak the item first, and then gently brush to remove any dirt. Rinse in warm running water and allow to dry on an absorbent towel.

Stones and Pearls

While diamonds are the world’s hardest stone, many other gems are more fragile, and require special attention while being cleaned or repaired. Be sure to treat emeralds, Lapis lazuli, turquoise and pearls with care. Store them in separate cloth pouches and use a chamois to wipe them down after wear to preserve their appearance. Jewelry cleaners can damage their finishes if used improperly. It is highly recommended to have them professionally cleaned. If it has been more than five years since you’ve had your pearl strand professionally cleaned and re-strung, it might be time to get them checked by your local jeweler. Because silk ages over time it can weaken, even if your pearls aren’t being worn regularly.

Sterling Silver

Avoid contact with chemicals such as chlorine, cosmetics, hairspray and perfume as they have acids in them that can damage and discolor sterling silver. Wash your jewelry periodically with mild soap and water being sure to rinse well and dry completely before storing.

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