Keeping Your Jewelry Out in the Open
In an ideal world, having fine jewelry sitting on your kitchen counter in a jewelry dish shouldn’t be a big deal. However, that storing spot that you decided to always put your jewelry should be in an inconspicuous and safe location. Unfortunately if you get robbed by a very skilled individual, there is little you can do to protect your investment, so it is always important to have jewelry insurance to help prevent against theft. For this you will need an appraisal, which we specialize in here at Olde Gold Estate Jewelry.
Cleaning Your Jewelry in an Ultrasonic Machine
Ultrasonic machines are great because they really thoroughly clean your jewelry. However, they are not suitable for all jewelry! You should avoid putting pearls, cameos, emeralds, opals, coral, and other soft stones in an ultrasonic machine. This is what we use here at Olde Gold in addition to a good polish, your jewelry will be sparkling again!
Submerging Your Jewelry in Cleaner for Too Long
Those little containers with jewelry cleaner and a brush that you dunk your jewelry in to clean are great, but it’s important not to submerge your ring in the solution too long. Prolonged exposure in a tarnish remover can actually make silver jewelry tarnish almost to a black color. Prolonged exposure with gold can discolor the gold as well as wear the gold down over time. Better to bring it in for a professional cleaning.
Taking Rings off by Pressing on the Stones
There is a right and a wrong way to take on and off a ring. It is so important that when you take your rings on and off, you pull from the sides of the shank. So many people, especially when the ring is too tight, have the tendency to remove the ring by pressing with one finger on top of the stone and the other on the bottom of the ring. Over time this will loosen your stone and make it susceptible to falling out. Oils on our hands will also dull the stones, especially diamonds.