Jewelry Care

Congratulations! You have purchased a beautiful piece of jewelry that will last for generations. Here are some tips and guidelines so that you can keep your jewelry perfect over time.


General Maintenance

Jewelry is constantly exposed to wear and tear. For instance, think of these scenarios: How many activities do you do using your hands every day? Or, consider a pendant swinging back and forth that could possibly come in contact with other objects or get pulled on. Metal expands and contracts depending on the elements, so how can you keep your jewelry in excellent shape?

The most important advice we can give to you is consistently bring in your jewelry at least every six months for a free cleaning and inspection. Then, we can tighten any loose gems and give you a full report on your jewelry’s condition.

Do:

  • Bring in your jewelry for a free inspection and cleaning every 6 months.
  • Have your rings sized perfectly to you. (Small fee may apply.)
  • Place jewelry in the same place every time when you take it off.
  • Enjoy your jewelry!

Don’t:

  • Don’t wear during exercise, yard work, dish washing, or heavy lifting.
  • Don’t expose to high heat or below freezing temperatures.
  • Don’t let jewelry rub against other metals or abrasive surfaces.

Warranty & Insurance

We give a lifetime warranty on most custom pieces. Keep your receipt, appraisal, gem certification, and any other related documents together in a safe place.

We highly recommend having your jewelry insured, either through home insurance or a jewelry insurance company. Ask us for more info.

Jewelry Safety

To keep your jewelry in perfect condition, keep it from rubbing against other metals or abrasive surfaces. When you’re not wearing your jewelry, keep it in a jewelry box.

Do not wear your jewelry when doing extreme sports, yard work, or other rough activities. Finally, remove your rings when you shower or put on lotion as the products will dull your gems.

When traveling, keep your jewelry from tangling together by investing in a travel jewelry box. Many people purchase travel wedding bands so they don’t have to worry about losing their expensive rings.

Home Cleaning

You can clean most jewelry at home with warm water and a drop of liquid dish soap. Soak the piece in a bowl of this solution for a few minutes and then gently wash with a soft toothbrush; towel dry. Never put your jewelry directly under the faucet as it could accidentally go down the drain.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Ultrasonic cleaning is a great way to clean your jewelry, but never have this done without an inspection first.

The gems listed below should never go in the ultrasonic because of their fragility, and gems should be confirmed secure in their piece before cleaned.

  • Emeralds
  • Pearls
  • Opals
  • Tanzanite
  • Peridot

Gemstones

Gems tend to loosen over time due to normal wear and tear. It is vital to have your jewelry inspected at least every 6 months to make sure your gems are secure. If you hit accidentally hit them with force or feel that they are loose, take them to a jeweler immediately.

Semi-Precious Gems

Some gems may need special care because of their softness. You can find this out by searching for their Mohs hardness score 10 is the hardest; below 9 should be especially cared for). Emerald, opal, tanzanite, peridot, pearl, aquamarine, morganite, and a few others need special care, so ask us for specific advice on these gems.

Pearls

Do not expose pearls to heat or chemicals, because these may alter the color of the pearl as well as loosen the glue holding it in the piece (in most pieces).

Pearls are also very soft, so beware of abrasive surfaces, because pearls will chip. Restringing of the silk thread in a pearl necklace may be required at some point: every 3-5 years is a good benchmark if you wear pearls frequently. If cleaning at home, gently wash with warm water and dish soap, and lay flat to dry.

Heat-Treated Gems

Do not expose irradiated/enhanced diamonds or gemstones to high heat; this will cause them to return to their original color.

Eternity Bands

Eternity bands need special care because the gems go all the way around the band. Because of this, the constant wear and tear of everyday life increases the risk of losing a gem, so be especially aware of hard surfaces and abrasive friction, and have your ring consistently inspected.


Metals

Platinum

Platinum is the most precious metal in fine jewelry and the strongest for holding gemstones. Platinum will last longer than any other precious metal against wear-ability, and you will never have an allergic reaction to it. To avoid scratching and dulling, keep platinum from rubbing against abrasive surfaces and other metals. A light, harmless patina may develop over time, but platinum will never lose its color or durability.

White Gold

Unfortunately, white gold is not actually white. White gold is yellow gold blended with alloys and plated with rhodium, so the white color may wear down over time, allowing the champagne-colored alloy to show through. You can have your jewelry re-plated for a small fee at any time. Many clients pursue this replating about every 6 months.


Mokume

These are the most unique pieces of jewelry on the market because they are organically created by hand and each has an individual pattern. Some of these rings have a patina applied to them to highlight the grain and show the different colors of metals. The three processes that could have been used on your ring are sand blasting, brushed polish finish or oxidization. Any of these finishes can be worn out over time depending on the degree of wear and tear, leaving a new natural patina. To reduce color fading, avoid friction against any surface. Try to avoid wearing your mokume gane ring during exercise, construction work, gardening or other abrasive activities. When owning a mokume gane ring with oxidization, avoid chlorine or other similar chemicals as they eat away the patina. However, we can restore this patina for you by re-oxidizing the ring, making it brand new again.


Engraving

As a delicate, detailed process, hand engraving adds a unique element to your ring. As it is a surface procedure, engraving can wear over time, so avoid letting the engraved piece rub against abrasive surfaces, metals or other rings. You can always refinish or add engraving to a piece at a later date, too.


Wedding Sets

To lengthen the lifespan of engraving or filigree, many people have their engagement and wedding rings soldered together so that they do not rub.

Enjoy your jewelry! Remember, stop by or mail your jewelry to us at least every six months so we can keep it beautiful for you, free of charge. Feel free to contact us if you ever have any questions.

Call us at (425) 453-8258 or email general@josephjewelry.com.