Jewelry & Watch Care

How to Clean Your Diamonds

To maintain a natural sparkle,below are a few tips

  • Keep diamonds individually: Although diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on   Earth, they can still chip. Store diamonds individually in soft cloth pouches that prevent jewels from bumping against one another.
  • Clean diamonds regularly: Dust, skin oil, and other substances can cause your diamonds to lose their sparkle. Clean your diamonds regularly in soap and water. Air dry and polish with a soft cloth.
  • Remove dirt from diamonds: Occasional brushing with a worn, soft-bristled toothbrush can help remove dirt from between crevices. For more resistant blemishes, use a weak solution of ammonia and water (about one part to four parts) and a soft brush.
  • Protect metal jewelry settings: Treat metal settings gently as gold can scratch. Also, regularly ask your jeweler to make sure your diamonds sit tight in their settings to help prevent stones from falling out.
  • Know the ins and outs of professional cleaning: A jeweler can clean diamonds with steam or ultrasound, though ultrasound can worsen internal fissures or flaws.

 

How to Clean Your Gemstone

Follow the steps to help your gemstones maintain their color and clarity.

  • Store your gemstones: Jewels need space to remain free of chips. Store gemstones individually in soft cloth pouches and prevent jewels from bumping against one another.
  • Clean your gemstones regularly: Dust, skin oil and other unclean substances can cause your gemstones to lose their sparkle. Clean them from time to time in soap and water. Then let them air dry and polish them with a soft cloth.
  • Remove dirt from gemstones: Occasional brushing with a worn, soft-bristled toothbrush can help remove dirt from between crevices. For more resistant blemishes, use a weak solution of ammonia and water (about one part to four parts) and a soft brush.
  • Respect metal jewelry settings: Treat metal settings gently. Gold can scratch. Although four-prong, six-prong, and low-profile channel or bezel settings offer your gemstone more protection than other settings, you should ask your jeweler to make sure your gemstones sit tight in their settings to help prevent stones from falling out.
  • Know when to have a pro clean your gemstones: Annual checkups with a jeweler help keep your gemstones clean and properly situated in their settings. A jeweler can clean gems with steam or ultrasound, though ultrasound can make internal fissures or flaws worse.

 

How to Clean Your Precious Metal

  • Be mindful of where you wear precious metal jewelry: Avoid wearing scratch-prone precious metal jewelry during rough manual work or activities. Do not let metals come in contact with harsh chemicals or abrasive surfaces.
  • Properly store your silver jewelry: Store silver in a cool, dry dark place. To slow tarnishing, do not store silver jewelry directly on wood or plastic.
  • Regularly clean precious metal jewelry: Clean gold jewelry and platinum jewelry with soap, water, and a cloth or soft brush if needed. Wash silver with soap and water and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth. Clean tarnished silver with a commercial polish, paste, or tarnish-removing wipe. Silver polish may remove intentional oxidation (shading of the metal), requiring professional re-oxidation.
  • Look out for damage: Inspect jewelry regularly for damage or loosening, and have it professionally repaired if the need arises.
  • Take precious metal jewelry to regular checkups: Have a professional jeweler regularly inspect metal jewelry to make sure prongs and bezels remain intact

 

How to Take Care of Your Watch

Like any high-precision instrument, a watch needs to be serviced regularly in order to work perfectly. Obviously, we cannot indicate the intervals for such work, which depends on the model, climate and the care taken by the watch's owner.

The small amount of oil needed to lubricate the bearings of the movement gets used up. This can lead to reduced accuracy or even stop a movement. Also the crown can get damaged by hits and the little rubber seals that guarantee the tightness of the watch dry up over time, letting dust and humidity enter the movement.

As a general rule, service intervals are between 3 and 7 years, depending on the use.

We recommend:

  • Keep you watch clean. Dust and dirt tend to collect in gaps in the back of the case or band.
  • Clean the watch occasionally. Use a soft dry cloth to wipe off dirt, perspiration and water from the case and crystal.
  • Do not use the watch in places where it is exposed to high temperature.
    (above 60°C, or 140°F, below 0°C, or 32°F) or extreme temperature changes.
  • Never open the watch yourself.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight to prevent the color from fading.
  • Avoid direct contact with solvents, detergents, perfumes, cosmetic products etc.,since they may damage the bracelet, the case or the gaskets.
  • To ensure water-resistance, gaskets must be replaced every 24 months as part of maintenance.
  • Do not place the watch to a magnet. Timekeeping will become inaccurate.
  • Leather straps look better if they are kept dry. Salt water is particularly harmful.
  • Do not forget that leather is permeable! Therefore avoid contact with greasy substances and cosmetic products.
  • Store your watch in a dry place when you are not using it.
  • Be sure to use the watch with the crown pressed in (normal position).
  • If your watch has a screw-type crown, be sure to tighten the crown completely.
  • Do not operate the crown with wet fingers or when the watch is wet.
  • Water may enter the watch and compromise water resistance.

Certified Gemologist on Staff