Working in fine jewelry, you tend to develop a deep love and appreciation for the different treasures you collect and sell. At Yelton Fine Jewelers, we take pride in every step of the process. From the moment we acquire a piece, through the rest of its existence. That’s why we offer complimentary cleanings and are always around to offer advice when it comes to maintenance. Fine jewelry is just like any other precious relationship. It takes time and individualized care. Honestly, that’s part of the charm! TLC has been on my mind this month a lot recently, so I thought it would be fun to offer some quick tips and tricks.
Maintaining the Magic
Family heirlooms hold countless shapes and sizes. If you are lucky enough to own jewelry that was passed down, there is no doubt that you cherish it. Jewelry is made of more than just metals and stones. It speaks truth, has roots and flaunts personality that even photographs are unable to capture.
An heirloom creates a deeply personal connection to your history and tells your family’s story through generations. You may dream of one day passing jewelry down to your children. That’s why it’s important to know exactly how to care for your most treasured pieces.
Air exposure tarnishes delicate silver pieces. Avoid this by wearing your silver jewelry frequently. To store, place it within individual, air-tight bags. A silica gel packet can be added in for extra protection. Always polish your silver with a silver polishing cloth. Fibers of paper towels and tissues can scratch the surface. We recommend using a non-abrasive silver polishing cloth.
Gold & Platinum
Gold and platinum are not indestructible metals. They can patina over time and will require some routine cleaning and polishing. If you own gold jewelry with prongs that hold a stone, they also will need to be checked and possibly even re-tipped every so often. Always be sure to take it off your jewelry when working out, or washing dishes – this will keep your jewelry from getting damaged and keep it looking its best!
Softer gemstones such as opal, emerald, topaz, tanzanite, moonstone, tourmaline, sunstone, and onyx should be cleaned with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Avoid vigorous scrubbing and ultrasonic cleaners, as this can damage these precious stones.
Pearls are the most delicate and need a much higher level of care. They are susceptible to acids, perfumes and most chemicals. It’s important to put on your pearls last to avoid contact with make-up and hairspray. You can wipe them with a soft cloth and occasionally clean with warm soapy water.
Diamonds are the hardest gemstone but are not indestructible. They can still chip or break. Avoid wearing diamond, sapphire and ruby jewelry when putting on lotion or make up and during physical activity. It’s a good idea to have this jewelry checked at least every six months.
Last a Lifetime
Maintaining the beauty of your jewelry allows you to pass your jewels as priceless heirlooms to the next generation. If you ever need your prongs re-tipped, pearls restrung or any other jewelry repair, bring your treasures into Yelton Fine Jewelers. No matter how simple or complex, your jewelry is in good hands with our expert team. Plus, we have unbeatable turnaround time and service since our repairs are done in-house. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a ring/text at 513-860-1750 or stop by our store. We want to make sure that your precious jewelry lasts a lifetime and more!