Keeping the Sparkle Alive

It is important to learn about the care and cleaning of a diamond to ensure its brilliance and sparkle.

Customers often ask why their jewelry looks different from when it was first purchased. The answer is simple. First, ask yourself how often you clean a shirt or blouse. Now, ask yourself how often you have your jewelry cleaned. Just as you wouldn’t expect your clothes to look like new when they’ve been worn, you can’t expect your jewelry to either.

Jewelry accumulates dirt through everyday wear. Cooking, baking, gardening and home cleaning can affect how beautiful your jewelry will look. It’s best to store your ring in a jewelry box when at home to avoid possible damage and to prevent it from getting dirty or damaged, If you prefer to wear your ring all the time, you should clean it at home at least every 1-2 weeks.

It is not a good idea to wear your ring while exercising. Whether you are lifting weights or holding onto an elliptical machine or bicycle, the pressure you put on the prongs will cause them to move and will make it easy for a diamond to fall out. Wearing exercise gloves does not provide the sufficient protection required for your delicate jewelry.

Platinum is a durable metal. It won’t wear down easily. But it is also a soft metal. It will show scratches faster than gold and it does bend rather easily. You might find that the bottom of a ring may bend somewhat and take the shape of your finger. Because platinum is so malleable, the prongs or Pave’ beads can move if pressure is placed on them. The more delicate the ring, the more possible it will bend. This is especially dangerous for an eternity wedding band.

You should have your ring professionally inspected at least once a year. In fact, most insurance companies require an annual inspection of insured jewelry. Since we don’t charge a fee for this service, feel free to bring us your jewelry for inspection at least once a year. After inspecting for loose stones and possible structural damage we will provide a thorough cleaning which will bring your ring back to its original brilliant condition.