We’ve shared previously on the blog our tips on how to choose high quality diamonds and fine jewelry. If you are unsure how to best take care of your engagement and wedding jewelry on a daily basis, we thought it would also be helpful to share how to care for and clean precious gems and gold. This information is great for newly engaged or married couples, fine jewelry enthusiasts or anyone buying jewelry as a gift for a loved one.
How should I clean my diamond ring and wedding band?
We recommend that couples use a cleaning detergent such as Mr. Clean and warm water and a soft-bristle toothbrush. Use the toothbrush to go over the ring gently, removing and dirt and oil. You can soak your ring in the warm soapy water for a few minutes first if you feel it needs a more thorough cleaning. Rinse with water and pat or air dry.
What about ultrasonic cleaners? Is it a good tool for my diamond ring?
It’s a good tool to have, but not necessary. It is a safe and low-maintenance way to keep your diamond jewelry clean and shiny. You can use soapy water and a soft toothbrush for regular cleaning and use your ultrasonic cleaner once a month. Additionally, you can also buy distilled water to use in an ultrasonic cleaner to reduce the chances of the jewelry metal reacting with chemicals in the normal water. Generally, you can clean your jewelry as much as you like. There is no harm in cleaning diamonds.
Are there certain gems that are more high maintenance – as in, they should be cleaned more often?
Diamonds can and should be cleaned as often as possible since it attracts oils. Touching your jewelry or putting on hand or body lotion can result in oil getting on your diamond ring, dulling the brilliance and color of your diamond. Softer gemstones require more care, though they do not necessarily need to be cleaned more often.
Even though fine jewelry is real gems and real gold, is it okay to wear every single day?
Yes! Earrings and necklaces in particular are great for daily wear since they do not really come into contact with other objects or activities. Rings are also good to be worn everyday, but it is wise for you to be more careful since so much is done with the hands.
Are there certain gems and gold karats that are preferred for daily or frequent wear? Are there gems or karats that you would say are better for occasional wear only?
The diamond is the best gem for daily wear because it rates highest on the gem hardness scale (meaning it is most resistant to scratches). Corrundums (ruby and sapphire) are the best gems after the diamond for frequent wear. If you are buying jewelry that will be worn daily, check with your jeweler that it is above a 7 on the hardness scale. 19k white or 18k yellow gold are best for frequent wear. Anything below 19k gold is durable as well. Platinum is also excellent, but may scratch easier. 20-24k gold is softer and therefore riskier for daily wear.
Are there certain environments or situations that you would recommend people take their fine jewelry off?
We would suggest that you take your jewelry off when swimming or in the water. Your hand shrinks in cold water, and many people lose their rings in the ocean for this reason. Men should be extra careful about this, since they are often less used to wearing rings and may be wearing a looser ring size. Please keep this in mind on your fabulous island honeymoons!
Are there seasonal tips for fine jewelry care, or do we take care of them the same way year-round?
Generally, you should care for your jewelry the same year-round. Pearl jewelry should be worn at least once a month. Your body oils help to maintain the luster and beauty of real pearls.
What do I need to know for long-term care for my fine jewelry?
You should bring your jewelry to be checked by your jeweller at least once a year. Jewellers can check if the claws around your gems has loosened or worn down at all (this is especially important on rings). If so, your jeweller can retip the claws by adding a bit of gold to the ends to reinforce the support for your gemstone.
We hope this gave you a good idea on how to take care of your beautiful jewelry! If you have any questions we didn’t cover, feel free to ask us in the comments, or come on by the store and ask us in person.