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Do’s and Don’ts for your Jewelry Care

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We all love our jewelry to sparkle and shine.  We will inspect, polish and clean your jewelry 7 days a week at our store in Historic Downtown Poulsbo.  In between visits, there are simple things you can do at home to maintain your jewelry’s beauty.  Here are some Do’s and Don’ts we have put together for your at home maintenance.

Do find a jeweler: Find a local jeweler who you trust to go to with any questions or concerns.
Do keep clean: For hard, compact layers of dirt or oil, it is best to get your jewelry cleaned professionally. Common offenders such as hairspray, lotion, makeup, or perfume, the best way to clean your ring at home is to make a solution with warm water (almost hot) and dishwashing soap. Soak your rings for about 20 to 40 minutes and gently brush with a very soft toothbrush, then rinse off under warm running water. Regular dish soap works great to cut the grease, and some people add a teaspoon of ammonia to their cleaning solution for harder to remove grime.
Do schedule quarterly to annual maintenance appointments with your jeweler: After the deep clean we like to check to make sure prongs are in good shape and holding onto stones properly, no stones are loose, there are no cracks in the metal, and that the shank is still strong.
Do be aware of limitations: Diamonds are one of the world’s hardest natural materials, but that doesn’t mean they are indestructible. Besides monitoring the actual stones for chips, scratches, etc., we like to check the settings to make sure the stones are secure. Metal does wear down with time and, just like a car, requires some general maintenance over the years.
Do store your jewelry properly: Protective cases like a jewelry box with fabric lined compartments are great to keep your jewelry not only organized, but separated. Throwing jewelry into a drawer or on a table can cause fractures, chips or scratches and tangle chains. Pearls and opals draw moisture from the air, so be sure to store them in a dry area.

Don’t remove your ring in public: hand washing is a must in a public restroom but resist the temptation to remove your ring while you’re lathering up. The possibility that you may leave the ring or possibly losing it down the drain is high.
Don’t wear while cleaning or around harsh chemicals: Bleach and other cleaning agents can affect the metal and harm some gemstones. Household cleaners such as bleach, acetone, and chlorine can erode alloys in precious metals. This weakens prongs potentially loosening stones and weakens the shank making it prone to cracking and bending.
Don’t clean your ring with abrasive products: Toothpaste, baking soda, or any powdered cleaners can scratch metals, particularly gold.
Don’t put your ring through needless wear and tear: It is best to take your jewelry off while playing sports or working out, any activity that involves impact on your hands (from volleyball to rock climbing, weight lifting and even gardening can bend or break the prongs that hold your stone in place in rings. Even sleeping takes its toll on jewelry. Rings are ok, but never wear your bracelets or chains while you are sleeping. The movement that we do while sleeping puts unwanted stress on the items.

And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help!

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