Jewelry Care Essentials
Your jewelry is built to be durable and should be worn and enjoyed. However, gold
and platinum and even diamonds can be damaged and will experience some level of
wear and tear. Here are some common sense rules to help protect your special treasures:
Avoid wearing fine jewelry while engaging in activities likely to cause excessive
wear and tear such as working out at the gym or doing heavy yard work. Exposure
to harsh chemicals such as those found in household cleaning products and some hair
care products can be harmful. Chlorine in a swimming pool can degrade gold alloys.
Jewelry items should be stored carefully when not in use to avoid contact with other
jewelry as diamonds can scratch anything, including other diamonds.
Check your jewelry regularly for any problems such as loose stones and broken, very
worn, or lifted prongs. If your ring is catching on clothing, feels rough to the
touch or there is air space under the prong tip, then attention is needed. Have
your jewelry inspected by a professional once a year or whenever you detect a potential
Gold and platinum are both susceptible to scratching and abrasion during normal
wear. 14k and 18k gold products are actually harder and more scratch resistant than
platinum, even though platinum is more durable in the long run. Depending on thickness,
gold and platinum are susceptible to bending. Rings can sometimes get out-of-round
from the pressure of gripping action, especially thinner rings.
White gold products are almost always plated with rhodium to give them a bright
white luster. Depending on wearing conditions, lifestyle and body chemistry a white
gold product may need to be periodically re-plated to regain top luster.
Jewelry designs featuring multiple small diamonds, such as pavé items, are susceptible
to having small stones come out. Extra care and consideration should be given to
these more intricate and delicate styles.
To keep your jewelry looking fabulous, regular cleaning is recommended. Precious
metals, gemstones and diamonds will pick up oils from your hands and dirt from the
environment causing a buildup of film that will diminish luster and sparkle. There
are several excellent jewelry cleaning products and systems commercially available.
A Whiteflash representative is always happy to provide recommendations.
A simple, safe and effective method for cleaning diamond jewelry is to soak the
item in a dilute solution of 1/3 household ammonia and 2/3 warm water. After soaking
for an hour or so (longer for heavy buildup), you can use a toothbrush to remove
the softened dirt and film. Rinse with clean water being careful not to do so over
an open drain! Stones can come out during cleaning (small ones are especially prone
to this), in which case you have averted a loss by proactively maintaining the jewelry
in a controlled way.
For many customers protecting their fine jewelry investment with a personal jewelry
insurance policy makes sense and gives great peace of mind. While Whiteflash does
not sell insurance, we do recommend Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., a leading specialist
in the field. Their policies are all-risk, covering theft, loss and damage. Our
clients can get quotes and apply for coverage conveniently through a link on our
Whiteflash is a full manufacturing jeweler and can perform any service you may need
to maintain or repair your fine jewelry. If we can be of assistance please call
us toll free at 877-612-6770.