Caring for Your Jewelry

The center stone fell out of this ring as a result of the prongs being badly bent from rough wear.

Having your jewelry regularly checked and cleaned by a professional jeweler will help to keep it in its best condition and enable you to proudly wear and display it for years to come. At Altemueller Jewelry, we recommend bring your precious jewelry to us at least every six months to be checked and cleaned at no charge. At that time, one of our expert jewelers will inspect each piece of jewelry for potential problems, such as worn prongs, loose stones, cracks or weak spots in the metal, etc. When these problems can be caught early and remedied, you can avoid having to pay for more costly, substantial repairs such as stone replacements.

If you desire, you can clean your jewelry at home between visits to your jeweler. By gently scrubbing your jewelry with an old, soft-bristle toothbrush and a a solution of diluted liquid dish soap, you can keep your precious stones looking more like new. Be certain to scrub all surfaces, especially underneath stones and settings where dirt and grime collect and inhibit the passage of light through the stone. Use gentle pressure to avoid scratching the metal and softer stones. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.

Strung pearls and strands of beads strung on silk or other natural material should never been exposed to moisture or submersed in water. The string may rot and the strand may break. Instead, protect them from chemicals such as hairspray or cosmetics and wipe them down gently with a clean, soft cloth after wearing them. For more information on caring for pearls, click here.

Do not soak jewelry in any solution not intended for the purpose. Only certain types of jewelry cleaner are designed with soaking in mind, and then only for a very short period of time.

Be sure to remove your jewelry when using household cleansers. Certain chemicals such as chlorine bleach can cause gold and other precious metals to become brittle and/or discolored. Even exposure to chlorinated pools can cause damage to jewelry, so it is wise to remove your jewelry before swimming.

A majority of damage to jewelry is caused by everyday activities. Seemingly insignificant events can affect your jewelry without you even realizing it. Even a diamond can become chipped or cracked with a powerful strike. Rings especially are at risk from being worn on the hand. With regular wear, it is easy to become unaware of how vulnerable your jewelry is. Obviously, it is unwise to wear any jewelry when playing sports or doing manual labor, but even when you are performing more mundane tasks, pay attention to how your jewelry is affected. Especially if you have had need of certain repairs before, such as stone replacement or prong retipping, try to figure out what you may be doing that might cause extra wear to your jewelry. If you can adjust your jewelry's exposure to any major wear and tear, you can help protect your investment and extend the lifetime of any stones or metal involved.

When you are not wearing your jewelry, be sure to store it carefully and keep pieces separated as much as possible. If pieces are stored together, they can end up scratched, tangled or otherwise damaged. Certain jewelry boxes are designed to keep pieces separated. Otherwise, try to keep pieces in individual soft pouches or bags.

At Altemueller Jewelry, we understand how important your jewelry is to you. We want to help you care for it and look forward to assisting you in any way we can. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Altemueller Jewelry