Jewelry Care

jEWELRY WEARING

Even while wearing your jewelry, there are a few things you can do to protect it. Only put it on after you have finished applying makeup, perfume and hairspray. Besides, try to handle gems and pearls with extra care as the oils from your skin can build up and gradually dull the stone.

Make sure you take your jewelry off when doing any hand or housework. Bracelets are easily broken or bent if they catch on anything. Harsh cleaning solvents can also damage all kinds of jewelry, especially pearls.

If you wear earrings, it’s usually best to remove them at the hairdressers, so the stylist’s comb won’t catch them. Never wear pearl earrings or necklaces if you’re having your hair colored: some coloring agents contain alcohol and other chemicals that can damage the sheen of pearls.

Moreover, think about wearing your bracelets or watch on the wrist opposite your lead hand – so if you’re right-handed, wear them on your left. Because you use that hand less, the jewelry is kept safer.

JEWELRY Storing

Jewelry isn’t only vulnerable while it’s being worn. It can also be damaged if it isn’t stored properly. You might think it’s impossible to scratch a diamond – the hardest substance on earth. However, sometimes a diamond can scratch another diamond and damage softer stones, gold, and even platinum.

So it’s important to make sure your jewelry is kept safely separated. Wrap individual pieces in tissue or cloth, or put them in separate compartments in a jewelry box. You need to be especially careful with pearls, which are soft and will scratch more easily than gems and metals.

Often jewelry comes in a special box, bag or wrap. Don’t throw these away – they’re often the best way to store or package your jewelry, and will protect it from damage and dirt.

jEWELRY cleaning

Cleaning your diamonds

As your valuable jewelry is a symbol of eternity, you should treat every piece with special care. Brush your precious stones gently with a toothbrush in a bowl of warm and liquid detergent suds. Then put it in a wire strainer and rinse under a warm tap, before patting it dry with a soft and lint-free cloth.

Cleaning your gemstones

Cleaning gemstones is easy. Just soak the piece in a bowl of warm, soapy water for several minutes and then use a soft, non-metallic brush to remove any grime. If you use a jewelry cleanser, make sure it’s non-abrasive. Don’t use harsh chemical cleaners, and don’t clean the item in the sink – all too often jewelry ends up down the drain!

Always remember that some gemstones are treated or enhanced by oiling or diffusion. These stones may become lighter if you scrub them too hard. The oil on an emerald can be stripped away by cleaning, which will change the look of the stone. However, you can also bring your L’Azurde jewelry to us to have it professionally cleaned and repaired.