Pearl Care Tips
- Your pearls should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
- Never clean pearls in an ultrasonic cleaner.
- Never use detergent, bleaches, baking soda, or ammonia-based products.
- Do not use scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean the pearls.
- Take your pearls off when applying cosmetics and perfumes.
- Do not keep pearls near heaters or in places that get strong sunlight, such as windows, as the pearl will dry out.
- If your strand becomes dirty or loose, have your jeweler clean it professionally.
- The G.I.A recommends pearls to be re-strung every two years, depending on wear.
Caring for your precious pearls is easy. It is best to put your pearls on last. Cosmetics, perfumes, and hair spray all contain chemicals that can dull the luster on a pearl over an extended period of time. Periodically wipe your pearls with a soft cloth.
If you wear your pearls frequently, consider washing them approximately once a year. Although professional cleaning is recommended, self-cleaning can also be done with the following steps:
- Place your pearls in a plastic container to minimize the handling of your pearls.
- Dip the colander in clean water.
- Pour the pearls onto a towel and allow to dry for at least 24 hours before handling them.
Consider having your pearls restrung after three washings. Remember your pearls will last a lifetime with proper care and will only become more beautiful and elegant with age.
- Pearl strands are stored separately from other jewelry because of a pearl's soft surface which can be easily scratched by other gems. A silk bag, velvet-lined box, and pearl folder (a satin-lined leatherette envelope with snaps to hold a strand in place) are good places to store pearls. Your local jeweler is a good source for these items.
- Never store pearls in a plastic bag. Some types of plastic emit a chemical that can cause the surface of the pearls to deteriorate.
- Pearls should not be stored in a safe or safety security box for long periods of time. The ultra-dry atmospheric conditions that extend the life of paper documents dries out the pearls, causing them to craze or develop small fractures on the surface.
- Pearl strands should be store flat rather than hung to avoid premature stretching of thread.
How to Clean a Diamond Ring
- Soak your diamond ring in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water. Dish washing liquid is one choice, but any other mild detergent is fine.
It is best to walk away from the sink drain in case a gemstone is loose or you dislodge a stone and it falls out. You don't want to have to call a plumber to take apart your drain looking for gems! The second best option is to lay a towel in the sink with a closed drain.
- Use a soft brush if necessary to remove dirt. Soft is the key - don't use a brush with bristles that are stiff enough to scratch the ring's metal setting.
- Swish the ring around in the solution and then rinse thoroughly in warm water. Close the drain first or put the ring in a strainer to keep it safe.
- Blot the ring dry with a lint-free cloth.
If the diamond and setting needs extra help, use a dental irrigation device, such as Water Pik, to flush away small bits of grime. You can also use a wooden toothpick to very carefully push dirt away from the diamond and setting.
Should I Use Ammonia to Clean a Diamond Ring?
Diamonds that have not been fracture-filled can be cleaned with a solution of ammonia and water. Use a gentler liquid detergent solution for fracture-filled diamonds because ammonia can eventually either cloud or remove the coating that's been placed on the gemstone.
Cleaning Rings with Multiple Types of Gemstones
The method you use to clean jewelry should protect its weakest element. If your ring includes other gems, clean in a way that is suitable for the less durable components.
Protect Diamond Rings from Chlorine
You might already protect your hands from harsh chemicals, but if you don't, think about how chemicals like chlorine affect your fine jewelry. Remove your rings or wear gloves to protect all types of rings.
How to Clean Colored Stone Jewelry
Cleaning your gemstone jewelry is important to the long lasting beauty of these wonderful pieces! Here are some tips for cleaning your gemstones.
- Dish Soap is Your Friend!
The best way to clean your gemstone jewelry is in a bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent. Using an old soft toothbrush, scrub gently behind the stone where dust and soap collect. Rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Organic Gemstones are Sensitive.
Organic gems like pearls, amber, and coral require special care because they are porous. Make sure you don't expose them to the chemicals in hair products, fragrances, and cosmetics. Store in a cloth-lined box or pouch and keep away from other jewelry that may scratch them. To clean, simply wipe with a soft cloth.
- Protect Your Jewels!
To keep your gemstone rings looking brilliant, remove before vigorous exercise or working with your hands. Some gem varieties might be damaged with a sharp blow. When removing your rings, don't pull them off by the gemstone. This won't damage the gem but over time it can stretch the metal that holds it in place, making the setting less secure.