Diamond Cleaning - The Do's and Don'ts
Bridal jewelry, such as engagement rings and wedding bands are typically worn daily, and can appear like they've lost their sparkle if not cleaned on a regular basis. Lotions put film on diamonds and reduce their shininess. Don't wear diamond jewelry while doing rough work. Avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs. Avoid touching diamonds with your fingers, as smudges can affect a diamond's luster and fire.
If you have questions, feel free to contact one of our diamond experts at Rick Murphey The Jeweler, and we will be happy to provide all the information you need to help you keep your diamonds in great shape.
Storing your Jewelry
Because of the high value and rarity of certain jewelry, some people like to store their jewelry in a safe when not in use. If you have individual gemstones, a soft pouch is good for keeping them from coming in contact with other hard surfaces. Store silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Ask one of our sales representatives about getting a jewelry box for all your valued treasures. If you would like to have your jewelry professionally cleaned, bring it in to Rick Murphey The Jeweler and we will have your jewelry looking shiny and new!
Cleaning Your Jewelry
Be careful using ultrasonic cleaners, as only certain gemstones can handle the ultrasonic vibrations. Diamond cleaners usually contain ammonia and water. Using a soft brush you can remove dust or dirt from under the setting. Silver jewelry can be cleaned with a silver polishing cloth, with or without special silver cleaning solution.
With gemstone jewelry, you should generally avoid sudden temperature changes. If you have a very active lifestyle, you may want to refrain from wearing your gemstone rings and bracelets throughout the day. Some gemstones are very brittle, especially emeralds, whereas rubies have a hardness second to that of the diamond (which is 4-5 times harder).
Clarity Enhanced Stones
For color or clarity enhanced gemstones, ask Rick Murphey The Jeweler for professional cleaning and repair for your gemstone jewelry.