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Long Term Jewelry Care
Over the lifetime of your jewelry, repairs or upkeep will be necessary to maintain its durability and longevity. Here are some of the most common repairs due to normal wear.
- White gold jewelry will need to be "re-dipped" and is recommended to be done every 3–4 years. White gold is made from yellow gold by adding silver, nickel, copper, or other alloys, but it still has a slight yellow tint. The jeweler will then put it through the rhodium process. Rhodium is a rare metal from the platinum family. The process does not harm the diamonds or gemstones in the ring, and they do not have to be removed. This simple process has been used for close to 100 years and will bring your jewelry back to its silver-white luster.
- Yellow and rose gold can be polished without needing any re-dipping. Diamonds and gemstones do not have to be removed in order to polish your jewelry to a bright polish.
- Platinum will start to appear more gray when it needs to be polished. Like yellow and rose gold, platinum does not require you to remove stones to be polished.
- Diamonds and gemstones are usually held in by prongs. Over time, the prongs will start to wear down, becoming flatter. When this happens, the prongs need to be re-tipped. This is common, even on solitaires with no additional diamonds in the ring. Those you have occupations wearing medical gloves may notice the prongs wear faster.
If you have any concerns about any of your jewelry, please call 214-655-8822, so we can discuss them with a jewelry repair expert.
To care for your jewelry, follow these easy steps:
- Before you start cleaning, check to see if you have any loose stones. Tapping the item next to your ear may cause a rattle sound if you have a loose stone. Another way is to use a small tweezer, toothpick, or something that you can lightly touch your gemstones with to see if they are loose. If so, cleaning them may cause the stones to fall out, and a jeweler is recommended to tighten your loose stones before you wear it again.
- Soak your (any color) gold or platinum (no silver) in a warm, soapy solution. Dish soap is great. Let it soak for about 15 to 20 minutes. Be patient and let the water soak in before brushing.
- Using a soft toothbrush, gently brush the jewelry. If the item needs additional cleaning, soak it again and then brush.
- Now rinse! Use a separate container or dish of rinse water. Do not use a sink, as you may drop the item down the drain.
- To blow dry the jewelry or blow out the loose dirty material, use the canned air that you may use to clean a keyboard. These are not too strong to damage or loosen the stones in your jewelry.
- Check your jewelry for loose stones.
Now you can wear your beautiful jewelry with confidence. If you have concerns or questions, please call us at 214-655-8822.