JEWELRY CARE & CLEANING
Fine jewelry is a precious possession that is
and crafted to last a lifetime. However, proper care is required to
the lasting qualities of your jewelry. The Brazilian Connection is
to offer the following simple guidelines and tips for the care and
of your fine jewelry.
- Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
- Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box
and dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece
in soft tissue paper.
- Don't jumble your jewelry pieces in a drawer or jewelry case.
scratch each other.
- Be careful when removing your jewelry to wash your hands. Do not
your jewelry on the rim of a sink where it can easily slip down the
- See your jeweler at least once a year to have your jewelry
loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Visit your
every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned.
- There are many types of small machines on the market that will
in a matter of minutes using high-frequency sound. These machines are
"ultrasonic cleaners" and are available in many different models and
They can be a convenient way to quickly clean your jewelry at home.
ultrasonic cleaners can damage some jewelry. Your local jeweler can
you if an ultrasonic cleaning machine is right for your jewelry
and, if it is, recommend an appropriate model.
Diamond jewelry is very popular. Some
pieces, such as diamond
and wedding rings, are often worn 24 hours a day. Even though you may
your diamond jewelry around the clock, you should give thought to its
Diamonds are durable, but they still require proper maintenance.
can get smudged, soiled and dusty. Lotions, powders, soaps, even
skin oils, put a film on diamonds and cut down their brilliance. Clean
diamonds "glow" because the maximum amount of light can enter the stone
and return in a fiery brilliance. It takes just a little care to keep
- Do not wear diamond jewelry, especially rings, when doing rough
though diamond is one of the hardest materials in nature, it can still
be chipped by a sharp, sudden blow.
- Chlorine can damage and discolor the mounting on your diamond
Keep your diamond away from chlorine bleach or other household
You should also remove your diamond jewelry before entering a
pool or hot tub.
- Clean your diamonds regularly using a commercial jewelry cleaner,
of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the
and use a soft brush to dislodge dust or dirt from under the setting.
- Avoid touching your clean diamonds with your fingers. Handle
by its edges.
There are many different types of
colored gemstones, some of which
require specific care and cleaning procedures. It would be impossible
enumerate all of them in this web page. However, there are some general
care and cleaning rules which apply to all colored gemstone jewelry.
- Many natural gemstones are treated or
- enhanced from the time they are extracted from the earth by one
traditionally accepted jewelry industry practices. These treatments and
enhancements can affect how you should clean and care for your colored
gemstone jewelry. Consult your jeweler for more information on caring
treated or enhanced gemstones.
- After wearing, wipe your precious gemstone jewelry thoroughly
soft, slightly damp cloth. This will enhance the gemstone's luster and
ensure that your jewelry is clean before storage.
- Store gemstone pieces individually in soft pouches. You should be
to obtain these from your jeweler.
- Do not expose your precious gemstone pieces to salt water or
such as chlorine or detergents. These chemicals may slowly erode the
and polish of gemstones.
- Hair spray, perfume and perspiration may cause jewelry to become
Apply all cosmetics, perfumes and colognes before putting on colored
jewelry. Make sure to wipe your gemstones after wear to remove any
oils or perspiration.
- Do not subject gemstone jewelry to sudden temperature changes.
- If you have an active lifestyle take extra precautions with some
of gemstone jewelry. Emeralds, for example, are brittle and should not
be worn when doing household chores or any other activity where the
could be hit or damaged.
- Be extra careful with ultrasonic cleaners. Some gemstones are
can be damaged by ultrasonic cleaners. Consult your jeweler for the
cleaning procedure for your particular gemstone jewelry. Your jeweler
also a good source for any information on colored gemstones.
Karat Gold Jewelry
Karat gold jewelry pieces make up the
majority of many fine jewelry
collections. Gold comes in many different styles and colors, but the
and cleaning procedure remains the same.
- Remove all gold jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can
film to form on karat gold jewelry, making it appear dull and dingy. By
preventing the formation of this film, you immediately reduce the
your pieces will need to be cleaned.
- To clean your jewelry at home, you'll find many commercial
In addition, you will find a soft chamois cloth an effective and
way to keep your pieces lustrous and shining. Ask your jeweler to
both of these items for you.
- For certain gold jewelry, especially pieces that do not contain
gemstones, an ultrasonic cleaning machine may be appropriate. Once
ask your jeweler to advise you.
- Be careful of chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high
permanently damage or discolor your gold jewelry. Do not wear gold
while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.
- You can remove tarnish with a jewelry cleaner, or by using soap
mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Carefully brush with a soft bristle
brush. An old toothbrush can also be used. After the brushing, simply
with lukewarm water and allow to dry. If there is a heavy tarnish on
jewelry, consult your jeweler for the best cleaning procedure. You
also talk to your jeweler before attempting to clean any karat gold
set with colored gemstones because some stones require special cleaning
- Grease can be removed from karat gold jewelry by dipping the
plain rubbing alcohol. Again, check with your jeweler about colored
Platinum is one of the rarest and most
durable precious metals. It
is resistant to tarnishing and discoloration due to chlorine and other
chemicals. These factors, along with its strength and white luster,
made platinum an increasingly popular choice for jewelry, either on its
own or as the setting for diamonds and other precious gemstones.
despite its durability, platinum jewelry needs to be properly cared
- Platinum jewelry can be cleaned the same way you can other fine
Your jeweler can recommend a prepackaged jewelry cleaner that works
platinum, or ask your jeweler to professionally clean your platinum
A professional cleaning every six months will keep your platinum
in great shape.
- Store your platinum jewelry separately and with care, not
to touch each other because even platinum can be scratched.
- Signs of wear such as scratches can eventually appear on
due to the metal's durability there is usually little metal loss from
scratch. If visible scratches do appear, your jeweler should be able to
repolish the piece.
- If your platinum is set with diamonds or other precious stones,
careful as these materials can be more susceptible to damage. Some fine
jewelry pieces combine platinum with karat gold jewelry. Care for these
pieces as you would your gold jewelry or consult your jeweler.
Sterling silver, like other precious
metals, can oxidize with time.
But properly maintained silver jewelry improves with age and develops a
lush patina. Treat your silver well, care for it properly and it will
you with a long life and a lustrous look.
- Clean your silver jewelry with a mild soap and water solution,
the water to bead up, and then patting dry with a soft cloth. For more
stubborn dirt, use a jewelry cleaner designed for silver use. Ask your
jeweler to recommend an appropriate brand.
- Store your silver in a cool, dry place, preferably in a
bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Store pieces
so that they don't knock together and scratch.
- Do not rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth or a
piece of felt. Your jeweler should be able to provide these. Tissue
or paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibers in these
- Make sure your silver is not exposed to air and light during
this can cause silver to tarnish. And don't wear sterling silver in
water or when working with household chemicals.
Cultured pearls are precious jewels
and should be treated as such.
They're also the products of living creatures. Cultured pearls are
when an irritant is introduced into a mollusk. The mollusk secretes a
called nacre which covers the irritant and produces the pearl. Nacre
pearls the rainbow of colors and luster that makes these gemstones so
but its delicate nature also makes pearls particularly susceptible to
For this reason you should be extra careful with your cultured pearl
- Apply cosmetics, hair sprays and perfume before putting on any
When you remove the jewelry, wipe it carefully with a soft cloth to
any traces of these substances.
- You can also wash your pearl jewelry with mild soap and water. Do
cultured pearls with any chemicals, abrasives or solvents. These
can damage your pearls.
- Do not toss your cultured pearl jewelry carelessly into a purse,
jewel box. A pearl's surface is soft and can be scratched by hard metal
edges or by the harder gemstones of other jewelry pieces.
- Place cultured pearl jewelry in a chamois bag or wrap them in
putting them away.
- Cosmetics, perspiration, oils and ordinary wear weaken and
threads on which the pearls are strung. Bring your pearls back to your
jeweler for restringing once a year. Make certain the pearls are strung
with a knot between each pearl. This will prevent loss of pearls if the
string should break.
Watches need the same amount of
attention as fine jewelry. Fine watches
are sophisticated and precise pieces of equipment; the price often
the skilled workmanship that goes into a fine timepiece. In order to
the most satisfaction out of your watch, you should follow some simple
care and cleaning guidelines.
- No matter how handy you are, don't attempt "do-it-yourself" watch
Only an expert jeweler/watchmaker should be trusted to put your watch
into working condition.
- Give your watch a quick check on a regular basis, making sure
strap or bracelet is securely attached to the watch face.
- A mechanical watch should be checked regularly by your
or an authorized dealer and serviced according to the manufacturer's
- Wind your watch in a clockwise direction, preferably about the
each day. Remove the watch from your wrist when winding so as not to
undue pressure on the stem.
- Replace broken or scratched crystals immediately. Even a hairline
can let dust and moisture into the time-keeping mechanism, threatening
- Unless the degree of water-resistance is clearly specified when
your watch, do not wear it into the shower or pool, or on a moist wrist.
- Have your jeweler/watchmaker or an authorized watch dealer
battery in a quartz watch before it runs out. Dead batteries left in
watch can leak or corrode, ruining the timepiece. Do not attempt to
the battery in a watch yourself. If your watch is water-resistant, a
test should be performed after the battery has been replaced to ensure
that water will not leak into and damage the watch.
- Batteries run for about two to three years. Those in some less
multi-function digital watches have shorter lives, as little as six
Using extra features such as a calculator or game can shorten battery
- Oils from your skin can build up on a watch. If your watch is
you can give it a quick cleaning with a mixture of warm water and
a mild soap or a dish detergent. Dry the watch with a soft cloth after
cleaning. If your watch has a strap made out of leather or another
you should clean only the watch face and not the strap.
- If your watch is not water-resistant, or you're not sure, do not
it in water. Clean the piece with a slightly damp cloth and then dry.
to Go for Care and
To make sure that your fine jewelry
and watches are properly cared
for, take them to a professional jeweler, someone you can trust. Choose
a retailer who has been serving the community for a number of years and
has an established reputation.