Jewelry Care

JEWELRY MAINTENANCE & GENERAL CARE

 

GOLD, PALLADIUM AND PLATINUM JEWELRY

Between professional servicing, most gold and platinum jewelry can be maintained with a non-abrasive cleaner. Examine your jewelry regularly to make sure settings are snug and clasps and joining’s are secure.

Avoid exposing gold jewelry to household bleach, which will quickly cause gold to discolor and possibly disintegrate. All jewelry containing Polki diamonds should not be submerged into water or apply any jewelry cleaning solutions.

Jewelry storage is important as well. At the time of purchase, all Luxe Vault jewelry is wrapped in a protective box, case or tarnish-resistant pouch. Between wearing’s, we recommend that you place it back in its original case or another suitably lined box or pouch.

 WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR AND CLEAN A DIAMOND?

Use a mild solution of six parts water to one part ammonia and gently apply with a very soft bristle brush. Run the diamond under clean water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Ultrasonic and steam cleaning are only recommended when being performed by a professional. For a more detailed explanation on jewelry care please free to contact us.

 

GEMSTONE JEWELRY

Certain basic precautions should be taken with all of your jewelry. However, some gemstones, as outlined in this section, require special care.

Take care to protect your jewelry from impact against hard surfaces and avoid contact with abrasive surfaces. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force or at just the right angle. Many stones such as amethyst, emerald, kunzite, opal, pearl, peridot, tanzanite and tourmaline are very delicate and easily abraded. Enamel can also chip or scratch when struck. Gemstones can scratch other gemstones and wear away at precious metals. Therefore, avoid stacking those rings and bracelets that would be vulnerable to such abrasion. Extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics, ultrasonic cleaning and household chemicals can also damage jewelry.

If worn often, pearls should be cleaned and restrung professionally once a year. Between cleanings, wipe pearls gently with a damp cloth.

 HOW SHOULD I STORE MY SILVER?

Silver should be kept absolutely dry. If your silver is used frequently, keep it away from excessive exposure to air and store it in a tarnish-proof cloth, such as the flannel pouch provided with your silver storage box.

 Avoid contact with rubber bands or other rubber products. The sulfur in rubber causes tarnishing and corrosion.

HOW CAN I HANDLE MY STERLING SILVER PRODUCTS THAT HAVE AN OXIDIZED FINISH?

The sterling silver products that have oxidized finish are not coated on the surface. Please avoid using a silver polisher. Please use a dry, clean cloth and avoid scratching.

DO VICTORIAN JEWELRY REQUIRE DIFFERENT CARE?

Yes, if you have a Victorian or Georgian jewelry that is close backed or foil backed, known as Polki diamonds it should not be submerged in water or exposed to severe humidity. Some of our pieces include this process, but should be concerned or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Special considerations for jewelry with closed-back settings and foiled diamonds avoid getting it wet.  Most diamond rings, earrings, and necklaces made in Victorian style have “closed-back” settings, meaning that the pavilion and sides of a gemstone are entirely encased in a little metal cup. Usually, a small piece of foil is inserted in between the gemstone and the metal backing to help it reflect light. When water gets trapped in the little space with the foil, the foil can discolor and make the gemstone appear cloudy and dull. Sometimes, it is possible to re-foil a piece that has gotten wet, but it’s never a guarantee that it can be returned to its pre-shower/rainstorm appearance.