Whether it is custom, fine or an heirloom any piece of jewelry that brings joy is worth taking care of. Here are tips to care for jewelry in ways that will let them last for decades.
At the Seybold jewelry building one basic rule of thumb is to avoid soaking jewelry in water. Though most gemstones can be placed in water to clean them, if they are in settings, water can dissolve glue or soften threads. Jewelry should not be placed in direct sunlight or kept in areas that are hot and humid. The best place to keep a piece of jewelry is in its own felt or velvet-lined till in the jewelry box or in a soft pouch. Jewelry can also be stored in acid free paper and should not come into contact with creams, oils, soap, perfume or hairspray.
Jewelry can be cleaned with cotton swabs, an old, soft-bristle toothbrush and distilled water. Even if the water is distilled, it shouldn’t be allowed to enter the settings. The jewelry should be patted dry, and the metal should be polished gently with jeweler’s cloth. If the piece needs deep cleaning, resetting or restringing, take it to the best jewelry stores in Miami at the Seybold jewelry building.
Pure gold, or 24 karat gold is too soft to be worn every day, so it is alloyed with other metals such as copper, zinc or nickel. Even then, it should be handled with care, as it can scratch. Along with the precautions mentioned, gold should not come into contact with chlorine which can discolor the metal and pit it. Come buy the best quality gold at the Miami Seybold building where all the best jewelry stores are.
Silver invariably tarnishes simply because of the sulphur that is normally found in the air. Some people find the tarnish attractive, especially if the piece is engraved. Owners who don’t want it can remove it with silver polish. They should avoid very strong silver dips, because this removes a layer of silver as well as the tarnish.
Platinum is tougher than gold or silver and only needs to be washed carefully then polished. It can even tolerate an ultrasonic cleaner, though the owner should be careful not to clean the platinum piece this way if it contains delicate gems.
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One gemstone that shouldn’t be cleaned in an ultrasonic bath is the emerald. Most emeralds have flaws and cracks that are filled in with resins, and the gemstone can’t tolerate vigorous cleaning. It should never be exposed to ammonia, hot water or chemicals and may need to be taken to a jeweler now and then for reconditioning. We have beautiful Gemstones and Emeralds available at the Seybold jewelry building.
Diamonds can be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner and can even be soaked in a solution of cold water and ammonia if they’re not filled with flaws. Still, diamonds can chip, and diamond jewelry should be removed when the wearer has to do strenuous work.
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These gemstones are made of corundum. Rubies are always red, while sapphires can be any color but red. They should not be placed in ultrasonic cleaners.
According to experts, the best way to take care of pearl jewelry is to wear it, though the piece needs to be protected from chlorinated water and cosmetics. Pearls that are not worn dry out and lose their luster. They should be wiped after they’re worn with a soft, just-damp cloth.
For more information on how to care for jewelry, contact the professionals at Seybold. Visit their website or call (305) 374-7922.