While our jewelry is created to last a lifetime, there are some factors that can contribute to the everyday wear and tear of your fine jewelry
Storing your Jewelry
Because of the high value and rarity of certain jewelry, some people store their jewelry in a safe when not in use. If you have individual gemstones, a soft pouch is good for keeping them from coming in contact with other hard surfaces. Store silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Ask one of our sales representatives about getting a jewelry box for all your valued treasures. If you would like to have your jewelry professionally cleaned, bring it in to Louisiana Coin & Jewelry and we will have your jewelry looking shiny and new!
Cleaning Your Jewelry
Be careful using ultrasonic cleaners, as only certain gemstones can handle the ultrasonic vibrations. Diamond cleaners usually contain ammonia and water. Using a soft brush you can remove dust or dirt from under the setting. Silver jewelry can be cleaned with a silver polishing cloth, with or without special silver cleaning solution.
We do offer an organic cleaning solution for both diamonds and softer gemstones. Please stop by and purchase you cleaning solution today.
Diamond Cleaning – The Do’s and Don’ts
Bridal jewelry, such as engagement rings and wedding bands are typically worn daily, and can appear to have lost their sparkle if not cleaned on a regular basis. Hand lotions and similar products put film on diamonds and reduce their shininess. Do not wear diamond jewelry while doing rough work. Avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs. Avoid touching diamonds with your fingers, as smudges can affect a diamond’s luster and fire.
Gemstone and Pearls Cleaning – Gemstone jewelry should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth
With gemstone jewelry, you should generally avoid sudden temperature changes. If you have a very active lifestyle, you may want to refrain from wearing your gemstone rings and bracelets throughout the day. Some gemstones are very brittle, especially emeralds, whereas rubies have a hardness second to that of the diamond.
- Prongs can wear thin and diamonds may fall out. Chains and pearl strands weaken with wear. Before disaster strikes, let us professionally inspect your jewelry every six months and repair it, if necessary.
- Chlorine can weaken gold. Avoid wearing your gold jewelry in swimming pools and hot tubs.
- Avoid wearing chains when sleeping. Always lay them out flat when not being worn.
- When dressing, put your pearls on last. Hair products, cosmetics, and perfume can eat away the nacre (outside coating) of pearls and damage their luster.