Jewelry is a considerable financial and emotional investment and hence requires a certain amount of care in order to keep looking its best. Here’s a quick checklist of Do’s and Don’ts that will help you retain all your jewelry as good as new.
· Clean your jewelry on a regular basis. Some warm water, mild soap water and soft cloth or brush is all that is required. For tougher stains, soak it in water for 3-4 minutes before washing it under running water
· Store your jewelry well as this is key is maintaining its beauty. Diamonds and Gemstones should be stored separately and always use individual boxes for sets, preferably the ones you bought them in. Since Diamonds and Rubies are harder stones, the chances of them scratching other metals if stored together are high. Make sure you separate the stones from the metals in order to retain the original condition of your jewelry.
· Avoid wearing jewelry while doing any heavy work, gardening, household cleaning or exercise since the sweat and grime can leave a residue on it. There are also cleaning agents which contain chemicals that can mix with your gemstones and discolour it. Abrasive work could scratch your jewelry and sometimes jewelry can just get in the way when you’re cleaning, so it’s best to keep it locked up and safe.
· Avoid wearing jewelry in extreme temperatures since outside temperatures can affect the shine and luster of your jewelry. The sun has a similar effect on jewelry as it does on our skins so make sure you try and avoid wearing jewelry during extreme weather changes.
· All gemstone jewelry should be stored separately since they have the potential to scratch softer stone and metals
· Make sure you clean your gemstones in warm water and mild soap and get them examined periodically for an loose settings
· Diamonds are delicate so avoid wearing them when doing intensive work since a hard blow to them could chip or break them
· Regular cleaning of Diamonds and examining them for loose settings will help you avoid losing your precious investment and both can be done by any Diamond jewelry expert.
· Try to avoid wearing diamonds if you’re an active swimmer since chlorine reacts with the gem and can cause them to fall off
The Need to Polish your Diamond Ring
Often, a diamond ring is one of the most important, even if not the most expensive, purchases a husband makes for his wife. If you wear your diamond ring regularly to parties and on social occasions, it can get dull over time. The sparkle of the diamond is largely dependent on its transparency – which can be adversely affected when the ring gathers residues of lotions or oils, as well as specs of dirt and grime.
For someone with an active social life, it can be a bit of a trouble having to rush to a jeweller every time you want your diamond to sparkle. So here’s a quick guide to easy polishing and cleaning of your diamond ring, all by yourself – whenever you see the need. You don’t need any exotic chemicals; just everyday materials that you are very likely to have at home.
Gemstone Treatment and Enhancements
When gemstones were first discovered and worn, they were used in their natural state with no added treatments to augment their beauty. Today however, it is just the opposite. Multiple treatments are applied to gemstones to bring out their brilliance and enhance their inherent beauty. The most prevalent of these is the Heat Treatment which is also permanent in nature. Treatments don’t affect the value of a gem, in fact in some cases; the Treatment actually brings out the beauty of the gem and increases their value. Untreated gems are almost extinct and exorbitantly priced which is why Treatments for gemstones are common and make them affordable.
· Emerald: oiled with colorless oil to improve appearance.
· Ruby: heated to improve color and appearance.
· Sapphire: heated to produce intensity or light color and/or improve color uniformity.
· Tanzanite: heated to produce violet blue color.
· Aquamarine: heated to improve color.
· Blue topaz: exposed and heated to produce blue color.
· Tourmaline: exposed to intensify pink, red and purple color.
· Jade: commonly soaked with colorless wax.
· Lapis lazuli: commonly soaked with colorless wax or oil.
· Coral: commonly bleached.
· Pearls: commonly bleached to improve color and appearance.
· Black onyx: always dyed.