Friday, October 2, 2009
MOST USEFUL OBSERVATIONS TO CLEAN JEWELLERY
1. Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined case, or wrap each piece individually in soft tissue paper.
2. Have a jeweler check yearly for loose prongs, worn mountings and general wear and tear.
3. Never use boiling water to clean jewelry. Do not use jewelry cleaner on pearls and porous stones, such as emeralds, rubies, lapis lazuli, coral and turquoise. Wipe them clean with a soft, damp cloth or have them cleaned professionally. Consult a jeweler when in doubt about a particular stone.
4. Keep jewelry away from chlorine and harsh chemicals, which can erode the finish and polish of gems.
5. Don't be too aggressive when brushing your diamond jewelry; although diamonds are hard, the material in which they're set may not be. Gold and silver could be scratched if brushed too hard.
6. Exposure to perfume, cosmetics or perspiration can stain gemstones.