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A Jewelry Designer's Guide to Keeping Your Jewelry in Top Condition

Stefano LonzanoLast updated June 1, 2023, 5:44 PM
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Greetings to all the jewelry enthusiasts out there! As a designer, I know that jewelry can be a cherished heirloom or a beloved piece of art. It is usually also a significant investment. As an expert in maintaining luxury pieces, I understand the significance of precious gems, especially engagement rings, and the importance of proper care and maintenance. To help you keep your treasures in tip-top shape, I've compiled some of the best ways to maintain them.

Here are some tips on how to maintain and clean your jewelry:

Remove your jewelry before showering, swimming, or doing any activity that could expose it to water or chemicals.

Water and chemicals can damage jewelry, so removing them before engaging in any activities that could expose it to these elements is important. This includes showering, swimming, cleaning, and applying lotions or perfumes.

Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.

Jewelry should be stored in a clean, dry place when you're not wearing it. This will help to prevent tarnishing and other damage. A jewelry box or a soft cloth bag are both good options for storing jewelry.

Clean your jewelry regularly.

Jewelry should be cleaned regularly to remove dirt, grime, and other build-up. You can clean your jewelry at home using a mild soap and water solution. We do offer some professional cleaning tools/products that our clients and employees love using. Be sure to dry your jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

Take your jewelry to a jeweler for professional cleaning and polishing.

If your jewelry is heavily tarnished or damaged, it may need to be cleaned and polished by a professional jeweler. This is especially important for jewelry that is made of precious metals or stones. Any jewelry purchased here at Market Street Diamonds would be professionally cleaned and inspected, complimentary at the client's request; just pay us a visit!

Check your jewelry regularly for signs of damage, such as loose stones or worn prongs, and take it to a professional for repair as needed.

Loose stones can fall out and be lost, and worn prongs can cause stones to fall out as well. It's important to have your jewelry checked regularly by a professional to catch any potential problems before they become major issues.

Take extra care with engagement rings and other high-valued jewelry by insuring them against loss or damage.

Engagement rings are often the most valuable piece of jewelry that a person owns. It's important to take extra care with them and to insure them against loss or damage. Typically your home or renters insurance has policies in place that you can utilize specifically for jewelry and other similar valuables. Alternatively, there are jewelry specialty insurance companies such as Jewelers Mutual Group, which is what we utilize here at Market Street Diamonds. Just input our unique code: A00509, to get a quote fast

Keep a close eye on prongs to ensure they remain tight and secure.

Prongs are tiny metal claws that hold stones in place. If prongs become worn or loose, they can cause stones to fall out. It's important to check your jewelry regularly for signs of worn or loose prongs and to have them repaired as needed.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your jewelry looking its best for years to come.

Here are some additional tips for cleaning specific types of jewelry:

Gold jewelry: Gold jewelry can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution. You can also use a jewelry cleaner or polishing cloth that is specifically designed for gold. Be sure to dry your gold jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

Silver jewelry: Silver jewelry can tarnish over time. To clean silver jewelry, you can use a mild soap and water solution or a jewelry cleaner/polishing cloth that is specifically designed for silver. Be sure to dry your silver jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

Pearl jewelry: Pearl jewelry should be cleaned with a soft cloth and a mild soap and water solution. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on pearl jewelry, as these can damage the pearls.

Diamond jewelry: Diamond jewelry can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution or a jewelry cleaner that is specifically designed for diamonds. Be sure to dry your diamond jewelry thoroughly after cleaning.

Satin Finished Grey Tantalum Center 14k Yellow Gold Men's Band, 6.5mm
Satin Finished Grey Tantalum Center 14k Yellow Gold Men's Band, 6.5mm

Here are some additional tips from a jewelry professional's perspective:

When choosing jewelry, consider the type of activities you'll be doing. For example, if you're active, you'll want to choose jewelry that is durable and won't easily get damaged. We offer alternative metals for certain jewelry that are extremely durable.

If you have any questions about how to care for your jewelry, be sure to ask a jeweler.They will be able to give you specific advice for the type of jewelry you have.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your jewelry looking its best for years to come. With a little care and atte

Stefano Lonzano

Stefano Lonzano is a creative director and design pro with a knack for finding creative solutions for individuals and organizations. After several years working for brands in both LA and DC, Stefano has become captivated by human emotion and its role in design. With the perfect blend of empathy and style, Stefano creates beautiful designs on the screen—and in person.