Caring For Your Jewellery
Jewellery TipsIt is recommended that you get your jewellery professionally cleaned and checked by your jeweller at least once a year, repairing worn settings or tightening loose stones will be much cheaper than replacing a lost stone.
Try not to wear your jewellery for DIY, gardening, sporting activities and housework etc even the hardest gemstone variety can be vulnerable to breakage.
Seek advice from your jeweller before attempting to clean your jewellery yourself by using any chemical cleaners or ultrasonic cleaner some gemstones should never be put into an ultrasonic.
Protect your jewellery from sharp blows, scratches, sunlight and heat/cold. Ideally, store your jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch. Try to keep pieces apart so that they don't rub together or tangle up.
Don't let your jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume and hairspray. Never go swimming in your jewellery, chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage.
Gemstone TipsGemstone hardness is based on a standard called the Mohs scale which was invented in 1812 by the German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs. The higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone is. Early gemmologists tried rubbing one stone against another to see which stone caused scratching on another. Diamonds are rated at 10, with ruby and sapphire having a rating of 9, Quartz (the stone that makes up sand) is rated at 7 on the Mohs scale, and that is why any gemstone with a rating of less than 7 is easily scratched (such as coral, lapis lazuli, opal, pearl, and turquoise).
Some stones such as opal, pearl, turquoise, can be quite porous therefore you shouldn't leave these kind of stones immersed in water for too long.
PearlsCultured pearls are formed inside oysters, although they are beautiful, they are particularly susceptible to damage. For this reason you should treat cultured pearls with great care.
Cosmetics including perfume and hairspray should be applied before you put on any cultured pearl jewellery, otherwise the nacre can become permanently damaged. After wearing, clean them with a soft dry cloth. Should you need to wash your cultured pearl jewellery, do it with water and maybe a drop of detergent.
Don't get cultured pearl stud earrings wet as it may affect the pearl cement. Don't use any form of chemicals, as they are likely to damage the cultured pearls.
Cultured pearls are soft and any rough treatment such as putting them loose in a jewellery box may damage them. Wrap them in acid-free tissue for protection. Everyday wear and the natural constituents of your skin can have a detrimental effect on the silk used to thread your cultured pearls. The frequency of rethreading depends on many different factors, but once a year is a good idea.
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