Tuesday Tip: Caring for Your Jewelry

Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 4:58 pm by Jeremy

When you fall in love with a piece of jewelry you tend to wear it on a regular basis, and here at Robert Irwin Jewelers our jewelry is hand-crafted to last a lifetime. However, you must give your jewelry the proper care to keep it looking brand new. Below we have listed some helpful guidelines to follow, to ensure that your jewelry is preserved and shining beautifully. 

Basic Jewelry Guidelines

  • Take Off Your Jewelry During Physical/Manual Tasks: You might be exercising, cleaning the house, or working on the yard. During these tasks make sure you remove your jewelry. During these common taks you can damage your jewlery with exposure to certain chemicals. While doing weight exercises you might accidentally knock a precious stone out of it's setting or or a band could get banged-up during a weight exercise.
  • Cosmetics Can Damage Your Jewelry: Lotions, perfumes, and even hair sprays can dull the finish on gemstones. Certain oils can stick to the faceted surfaces of diamonds and dull their shine. Pearls are pourous and fragile, so many cosmetic chemicals /makeup can damage them. You definitely don’t want to be wearing your strand of pearls when you add your finishing touch of hairspray. Putting jewelry on after applying cosmetics will limit exposure to jewelry and any potential damage.
  • Wearing Jewelry While Swimming: Whether you're swimming or in a spa, it's important to remove your jewelry. Salt water and chlorine can damage your jewelry. They react witht the metals and can cause color changes and structural damage.  Sweating it up in the spa? Sweat can damage sterling silver.

Care for Your Jewelry With These Simple Steps

  • Clean your jewelry regularly: Warm soapy water and a toothbrush is a simple way to clean jewelry. There are also several affordable jewelry cleaners available online and in stores. 
  • When you're not wearing your jewelry store it in a clean, dry place: Try keeping your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with compartments and dividers to prevent pieces from scratching each other. Belive us, it's a great investment. 
  • Look for loose stones, prongs, clasps, and vulnerabilities:  Keep an eye on loose stones on a bracelet, necklace, earrings, or rings. It’s common for people to lose a  piece of jewelry or individual stones. If you have any questions about repair or cleaning we can do it for you to make sure it has the beautiful shine you desire. 
  • Don't procrastinate. Get your valuable jewelry insured: Get your jewelry insured folks. It will give you peace of mind. 

 If you have any questions or concerns please give us a call 800-238-9228 or email us at support@rijewelers.com.

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