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Jewelry Inspection
Jewelry InspectionBefore polishing your possessions, we will do a thorough jewelry inspection to diagnose any wear or erosion that is developing. If we find any wear or erosion, we will recommend preventive maintenance that could help you avoid losing a stone, keep a bracelet from falling off, or save a pendant from dropping from a broken chain. During our jewelry inspection, we will tighten any loose stones that are detected. In most cases, our setters will snug them while you wait at no cost.

Polish Your Jewelry

Precious metals are soft and can easily shift. We recommend that all regularly worn gemstone jewelry should be cleaned and inspected every six months to insure that the gems will remain in the settings. Frequently worn items mounted with gemstones should be viewed by a qualified jeweler and inspected for wear on prongs and closures in order to avoid the heart break of a lost stone. When worn everyday, well-used jewelry is exposed to coarse, abrasive surfaces. Over a period of time, all precious metal jewelry is prone to erosion and metal fatigue. If we recognize symptoms of wear we will inform you so that you can arrange for the appropriate jewelry repair.

Jewelry Cleaning at Home

The most effective way to clean your jewelry is to bring it to Jewelry Designs. None the less we are often asked about jewelry at home. It is not always easy to visit our store when you decide that you need a little extra sparkle. It seems that we typically realize we need jewelry cleaning when we look down to notice that stones are lacking their sparkle on a Saturday night, before going out to dinner or while dressed for a wedding. So here are a few tips. In order to properly perform jewelry cleaning at home you must first have an understanding of what your jewelry is made of.

Jewelry Cleaning No No’s

Many materials should not be cleaned at home. Below are a few examples of jewelry that should be handled cautiously.
Pearl Cleaning
1. Organic stones or materials such as pearl, ivory, bone, coral, wood, leather, cord, or string should not be exposed to harsh detergents or soaked in liquids or ultrasonically cleaned. These commonly used jewelry materials may absorb the fluids and be damaged or stained permanently.

2. Antique or rare artist jewelry should not be tampered with at home. Polishing and jewelry cleaning can destroy the patina and integrity of some rare jewelry.

3. Coins should never be polished and cleaned by a non-professional.
Rare Jewelry Care
4. Some gemstones are treated with or have natural oils that can be disturbed by detergents during jewelry cleaning. Some stones are porous and can absorb detergents or moisture. Here are a few gems to handle with extreme caution and care: Emerald, Opal, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli, and all of the organic stones and materials listed above.

5. Chemical exposure can lead to disaster. Soaking jewelry in chlorine-based cleaners can completely dissolve a piece of jewelry, leaving behind only the stones.Jewelry Don'ts Likewise, constant exposure to pool chlorine can decay the solders used to make jewelry. A small bead of mercury from a broken thermometer will permeate gold and contaminate any other jewelry that it comes in contact with. This has been known to render entire jewelry boxes of valuable jewelry useless. As a rule, any corrosive household products containing acids, lye, or chemicals that you yourself should not be exposed to is probably not good for jewelry cleaning.

6. Polishing plated metals with abrasive compounds can wear through the plating. The micron plating solution used on many pieces of costume jewelry is thin, and abrasive compounds can wear through to the underlying metals. Once the base metals are exposed, they may vary in color or tarnish with time.

7. Caution should be taken when using ultrasonic cleaners. Ultrasonic cleaners use high frequency waves to release makeup grime and dirt from your jewelry. The process involves vibration.

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